The last time we saw a game in the Zoo Tycoon series was all the way back at the launch of the Xbox One in 2013, and now Microsoft is now finally reviving the dormant franchise in the form of a licensed board game!

Created by German designers Marc Dür & Samuel Luterbacher, Zoo Tycoon: The Board Game is a 1-4 player adaptation of the series in which you begin with an empty park and a limited amount of money, and it's your job to develop the perfect zoo across seven rounds of play. Here's what the official description says about it:

"In Zoo Tycoon: The Board Game, 1-4 players compete to build the most recognized zoo. In this strategic and thematic board game, each player has the freedom to develop their own zoo with 35 species, food booths, zoo shops and many more attractions. However, the goal is to find the right balance between Popularity and Conservation."

Speaking to Xbox Wire this week, Xbox Game Studios executive producer Robert Jerauld enthused that projects such as Zoo Tycoon: The Board Game can be a great way to please fans of franchises that aren't in active development:

“It’s crucial to recognize that even if certain franchises aren’t currently undergoing active development, they can still be actively appreciated by their fans. Zoo Tycoon serves as a prime illustration of this. It presents a valuable chance for Microsoft to extend gratitude to the dedicated and ardent Zoo Tycoon fans who have worked tirelessly to sustain the game’s enchantment. We acknowledge your dedication and deeply appreciate you."

There's clearly a lot of excitement for this new board game over at Xbox HQ, and if you're interested in trying it out for yourself, you'll find the Deluxe version over on Treecer. Previously, it was actually part of a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than seven times its original goal - so it's definitely proven popular!

Jerauld says we could apparently see more board games from Xbox Game Studios in the future too...

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