Are you ready to step into John Hammond’s shoes and build your own Jurassic Park? On June 12th you can do just that – and as of today you can pre-order Jurassic World: Evolution!
A couple of weeks back the developers behind the upcoming Jurassic World: Evolution game held an event at the Universal backlot, showcasing the game and all it has to offer. Along with the reveal that Jeff Goldblum’s character Dr. Ian Malcolm will feature in the game, many YouTube personalities were offered the chance to experience the game and play it for themselves, and today the embargo was lifted.
The game itself is very similar to ‘Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis’, featuring deep and engaging park simulator gameplay. The staging ground for the game is the Las Cinco Muertes (five deaths) island chain plus Isla Nublar. Each island features a unique environment, with unique weather patterns, each of which factor into the way the game plays, such as environmental hazards threatening the park, or dinosaur happiness/comfort.
To build your park you need to build roads to each building, power stations and power lines which run to the various facilities. Each building can be placed at your leisure if you have them unlocked, and costs in game cash – further the buildings can be upgraded to offer more advanced features. To breed dinosaurs, you need the appropriate facility which you build into a fenced in paddock – from there, you choose the dinosaur you wish to breed, and after a incubation period, they pop on out!
The dinosaurs however must first have their genetic material discovered and decoded from various dig sites across the world. Send out an expedition, see what they find, and decode the DNA from there! The game is launching with over 40 species (no word if that’s 40 real species plus hybrids, or 40 with hybrids) and each dinosaur has unique subspecies variation depicted by different color schemes.
Keeping your dinosaurs happy and healthy is key – you need to build appropriate feeding stations, bodies of water, and allow them to range in their preferred environment. Some species will become angry or sad if they are left alone, such as Struthiomimus, and thrive with entire pack of their kin. Should a dinosaur break free, you can fly the helicopters yourself, and then tranq the dinosaurs via third person shooting mechanic – further, you can also drive the jeeps in a third person view! Taking care of dinosaur breakouts is key, as if you’re not careful, they will eat or kill guests (or other dinosaurs)!
Best of all, as the game plays out, Dr. Ian Malcolm continues to express his sassy skepticism of what you’re doing, his distaste for InGen and a dinosaur theme park overwhelming apparent.
Check out the early previews from those who got the chance to play it which are very positive, praising the games graphics, features and all round style, with Mashable claiming “Jurassic World Evolution is the dino video game of our childhood dreams”
Jurassic Park fans and YouTube gamers BestInSlot and TheGamingBeaver have uploaded their gameplay videos which you can watch below:
You can read more about Jurassic World: Evolution on the official website, as well as digitally pre-order it on Xbox, Playstation 4, and Steam. Physical pre-orders will be available at a later date, which we will be sure to share details of!
Are you excited for Jurassic World: Evolution, and what system will you be picking it up on? Sound off in the comments below, and as always, stay tuned for the latest news!