As this generation has continued, we see more sims and strategy games hop from the PC to the PlayStation. I can’t imagine how much thought has to be put into that move, but the developer behind Planet Coaster: Console Edition does. It’s the focus of the first dev diary video, and the team who did that thinking talks about the steps taken to ensure the experience is a good one.
Moving from a keyboard and mouse to a controller is a massive change. To ensure it felt natural, they use a dynamic radial menu that changes depending on what you are trying to do. It mimics the keyboard shortcuts and gives the player easy access to all the tools. The team also had to redesign the UI to allow controllers to access all the tools.
A new camera was added to give players a new perspective. When designing a new rollercoaster, this camera can put you in the position of someone riding it as you design it. This helps to immediately understand the impact of that new piece without simulating a full ride.
All of these changes are to help players quickly come to grips with a very complex game without sacrificing the depth. Players who want a life raft when they wade out into the open ocean of designing a new park can choose from hundreds of new blueprints added to the game. This gives you instant access to detailed buildings with different themes you can drop into your park.
The new trailer shows a lot of in-development gameplay, and I would recommend you check it out. I’m also happy to see this was the first dev diary released. If it doesn’t play well on consoles, who cares about anything else?
Planet Coaster: Console Edition will be coming to the PS4 and PS5 Holiday 2020.
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Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.