If you're going to make a game about theme parks, and by extension making people sick and devilishly long queues, then you'd better plug into nostalgia a heavy amount. Thankfully, that's what Frontier Developments appears to be doing with the latest footage online for Planet Coaster.
It's the latest in a series of videos that have been pushed out on a YouTube account that doesn't appear directly affiliated with Frontier Developments. It's quite clearly early footage of Planet Coaster though, with the company's branding and logo all over it.
In the latest video you can see the animations and styling behind some of the rides. It looks pretty smooth, even if it's just a rendering of an attraction for now.
The other videos look promising for how limited they are as well. About a week ago the same YouTube account put this video up, showcasing a couple of patrons interacting with a park mascot.
It's brilliant. Just watch.
As a comparison, the last video that went live on Frontier's official channel was a very similar cut away of just the animations. It's only several seconds long, but the style of capturing is pretty similar to the first video.
All in all, I'm liking what I'm seeing so far. The aesthetic of the rides reminds me deeply of Theme Park and the animations look very smooth, which is wonderful to see. The game has an awfully long way to go — we've seen more about congestion animations than actual rollercoasters to date.
But damn, those animations are neat. And the idea of thousands, even tens of thousands, of people flooding my theme park is pretty appealing.