JURASSIC WORLD EVOLUTION
Take control of your very own dino park. Hey, what could possibly go wrong?
When it comes to videogames, the poor old JP franchise has had a pretty rough deal. Even Telltale couldn’t get Spielberg’s genetically modified beasties to rule the virtual jungle, but this latest attempt to digitise those classic dinos might just be the game the licence has been crying out for. Think RollerCoaster Tycoon, only take out the Big Dipper and replace it with pens full of prehistoric monsters. Like we said, what could go wrong?
Citing that classic theme park simulator isn’t just for fun, either.
Jurassic World Evolution is being developed by that very same studio – and suddenly we’re excited with what it could do with a top-down dinosaur park sim. It proved the theme park gimmick could work in the modern era with Zoo Tycoon, so it bodes well for what could happen when you throw T-rexs and raptors into the mix.
The Elite Dangerous developer is hush hush on the exact details, but the reveal trailer has us gripping our Ian Malcolm action figure with sweaty anticipation. You’ll get to create pens for a menagerie of resurrected reptiles, including Parasaurolophus, Brachiosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops and more. And if that familiar-looking lake in the distance is anything to go by, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a shark-loving Mosasaurus getting her own pen also.
There’s a lot of scope here to realise John Hammond’s prehistoric theme park dream in all its glory and build the Jurassic World you’ve always wanted to see. And that includes all the inevitable violence. Since rollercoasters don’t often go rampaging around a theme park, you’re going to have to monitor the status of each creature on the grid to ensure no one’s making a bid for freedom. This will hopefully add a greater sense of resource management as you divide up power, workers and attention to each section of the park.
Build in action
You’ll also be able to construct buildings and train units specifically designed to contain escaping dinos with non-lethal measures (because killing an expensively bred monster might not be best for shareholders). Most exciting of all, Frontier has confirmed you’ll be able to bioengineer brand new dinosaurs from eggs to fully grown adults (opening up the opportunity to build your very own take on the Indominus rex), as well as managing everything from restaurants to research facilities.
Officially tying into the film franchise’s growing mythos, Jurassic
World Evolution could well be the complete dino theme park simulator Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis almost was back on the original Xbox in 2003. With Frontier’s RollerCoaster Tycoon pedigree on board, life could well find a way on Xbox One in 2018.
“You’ll be able to bioengineer brand new dinosaurs”
With all that lush greenery on the island, there’s going to be plenty of space to make room for more dino-themed restaurants.