The Jurassic World Evolution video game will allow fans to build their own dinosaur theme parks, and it’s coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next year. The game was unveiled with an impressive launch trailer, which sees the Jurassic Park brand blended with the attraction-designing thrills of games like RollerCoaster Tycoon.
The game’s release will coincide closely with the premiere of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the next offering in the cinematic saga started by Steven Spielberg back in 1993. The film will harken back to Michael Crichton’s original novel, with much of Jeff Goldblum’s dialogue being lifted from the book. A Monster Calls’ J.A. Bayona is directing Fallen Kingdom, and he’s said to have filmed a “just insane” action sequence for the film.
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The visuals in the Jurassic World Evolution trailer are also surprisingly epic. Although RollerCoaster Tycoon and its manifold sequels were built on design and profiteering rather than top-of-the-line graphics, Jurassic World Evolution will fill the screen with detailed dinos. And, as the trailer shows, there will be visually striking dinosaur attacks and plenty of danger in the game, as well as the theme park fun.
Of course, this trailer only offers the briefest of glimpses at the gameplay itself, but this is still a very exciting prospect for fans. If the finished product ends up being half as good as the trailer suggests, Jurassic World fans are bound to flock to it. Building your own dino-park is a fresh and fun challenge, the graphics look great, and John Williams’ iconic score is the icing on the cake.
This game won’t just entail placing attractions in the right place, either. The official description of the game explains that fans will get to “bioengineer new dinosaur breeds” as well as constructing “attractions, containment and research facilities.” The description also teases, “Every choice leads to a different path and spectacular challenges arise when ‘life finds a way.’”
If this game shifts units, it’s easy to imagine Universal making more of them. The Jurassic Park franchise is in a very healthy place right now, and a game like this has mass appeal and plenty of potential for extra downloadable content. Let’s just hope that the game lives up to it’s potential. And when you’re deciding where to put your dinosaurs, don’t forget: they do move in herds.
Jurassic World Evolution will be released summer 2018.
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