Microsoft unveils Zoo Tycoon Friends, a free-to-play app for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone

Microsoft has unveiled Zoo Tycoon Friends, a new free-to-play app that will launch on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone. The app is being developed by Doritos Crash Course studio Behavior Interactive and will be similar to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions of the title, which launched last year.

The game features simplified, cartoon-like visuals, as well as one in-game currency to buy with real world money. Similar to the Xbox versions of Zoo Tycoon, gameplay will revolve around interacting with animals and building your zoo. However, instead of using the Kinect sensor, you will be utilizing touch controls to take care of your animals.

The game will also feature Xbox Live support so you can earn achievements and sync your progress across devices. Check out the game play footage of Zoo Tycoon Friends below. The game will be free and is expected to launch soon.