Microsoft Zoo was to take Zoo Tycoon in new direction - Report

Former Frontier Developments designer reveals art and info for game that would later become Kinectimals.

A former Frontier Developments designer has shared new art and information for Microsoft Zoo, a game with an aim of taking Microsoft's Zoo Tycoon franchise in an "exciting new direction" before it later became Kinectimals.

Graphical user interface lead Anil Glendinning wrote on his website (via NeoGAF) that Microsoft Zoo was a third-person adventure game that was part zoo creation and part animal interaction. His website has since been pulled down for "maintenance."

Microsoft Zoo laid the groundwork for Kinectimals, one of the first pieces of software Microsoft used to show off its Kinect technology.

Glendinning said that Microsoft Zoo was aimed to be a family product and that its art style and user interface were designed to reflect this approach. He said it was him ambition to make the interface "fun and inviting" for kids and adults alike.

Outside of expansion packs, the Zoo Tycoon series has been dormant since 2004's Zoo Tycoon 2. For more on what Microsoft Zoo would later become, check out GameSpot's reviews of Kinectimals.

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24 comments
MaskRisen
MaskRisen

They wanted to take it into a new direction? What, the wrong one? Still not listening to your consumers Microsoft? 

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

So you mean they had to chance bring a new version of Zoo Tycoon but instead made a crap for Kinect? FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

ArataWata
ArataWata

Why would you bastardize a franchise like this with your shitty Kinect?

RAD_TRBO
RAD_TRBO

So, is this game coming out? I would definitely be interested in it, i loved Zoo Tycoon it was a blast!  They definitely can bring it back!

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

I'm happy GS  publish stuff about casual games.  There is not just Battlefield and Bioshock news out there.

St0Ne4Ge
St0Ne4Ge

Yeah that idea looks better than whatever Kinektimals was.

mediarays
mediarays

I always respect Microsoft for gaming because they released some nice games.Think of AOE series , Rallisport challenge ,HALO ,project gotham ,forza and more so I think this will also be fun

blackace
blackace

Kinectimal is actually a decent game for kids. I would have loved to have seen what the Zoo version would have been like. Seems like it would have been even bigger and better.

ziproy
ziproy

Possibly fun and unique game gets converted into a $60 pet sim....

We should have seen the signs of things to come

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

"you can use tease to entertain your animals by pressing the A button at the right moment <3" 

is it just me or does sound a bit dirty ifyouknowwhatimean...

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Pretty clear between this kind of nonsense and MS focusing on developing TV shows for the Xbox that making interesting core games has become a complete afterthought for them.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Wow, this was really really uninteresting!

daabulls23
daabulls23

'His website has since been pulled down for "maintenance." '

That doesn't sound fishy at all.

r3v3nant_1
r3v3nant_1

This makes me sad.  I would still be interested in that game.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@mediarays You DID read the article, right? Particularly the part that explained how this game idea was abaondoned but elements were developed into Kinectimals YEARS AGO. You read all that right? Because it means this game WON'T be fun because is not, will not, and was never going to come out.

*sigh* Fanboys..

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

@DarkSaber2k 

Try to be positive, and to publish positive thoughts for a whole month.  This will change your life.