Frontier’s Planet Coaster won’t be released until the end of the year, but it launch its first alpha build on March 22, 2016.
The alpha version is very limited in scope, and a pretty rough around the edges, but it gives you an idea of how the game will play.
To gain access to Planet Coaster alpha build you will have to purchase the Early Bird version of the game.
This is one of the three stages Frontier has planned for the game. The first alpha version will focus on Modular building and paths. The roller coaster creation feature has been hidden due to it not nearly being complete, however Frontier did add a way to unlock this feature.
“To access coaster building, open a map and select the ‘Rides’, ‘Scenery’ or ‘Buildings’ tab, then select the ‘Search’ option (a magnifying glass) and enter the code ‘underconstruction’ (all one word in lower case) to enable the coaster construction tab.”
Frontier’s founder David Braben, announced in June 2015 that their next title will be a sort of a RollerCoaster Tycoon reboot, Planet Coaster.
According to David, the studio has wanted to make a roller coaster sandbox games for more than a decade. The game was originally named Coaster Park Tycoon, but the company decided to rename it to Planet Coaster to differentiate itself from the popular RollerCoaster Tycoon series. “The whole ‘tycoon’ thing—we looked at it a lot, and we did plan and consider that for quite a while, and decided actually it comes with too much baggage. There were too many tycoon games that weren’t very good,” said Braben.
Frontier Developments was the company who produced RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, so they have a great deal of expertise in this market.