Frontier Developments’ upcoming Jurassic World Evolution has received the first video in a new series teasing various aspect of the dinosaur theme park simulation title.
In the first Species Profile video, released earlier this week, the studio has lifted the lid on one of the creatures to be featured in the game, the three-horned herbivore, the Triceratops. Its fact file notes that this dinosaur was particularly bad-tempered, frequently locking horns with other members of its species in combat. The Triceratops featured in the teaser certainly has a grumpy aura about it, although players will have to wait a little longer to find out whether or not it’s actually combative in Jurassic World Evolution.
Frontier, perhaps best known for developing the critically acclaimed Elite Dangerous and Rollercoaster Tycoon franchises, originally announced the title back at Gamescom 2017. Jurassic World Evolution is based on the first Jurassic World film (2015) and is scheduled to release for PS4, Xbox One and PC to coincide with the premiere of the movie’s sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, later in the year.
The title is the latest in a long line of spinoffs and adaptations to have been spawned by the Jurassic franchise, which originally started life as a 1990 Michael Crichton science fiction novel. The story was adapted for the big screen in 1993, with the Steven Spielberg-directed Jurassic Park generating over $1 billion at the box office and claiming its place amongst the highest-grossing films of all time. Following two sequels, the latter of which released in 2001, the franchise was revived in 2015. The Colin Trevorrow-directed Jurassic World earned widespread critical acclaim as well as a strong showing at the box office.
The first video game adaptation of the series came shortly following the release of the original Jurassic Park, with tie-ins releasing for the NES, SNES, Genesis and other consoles in 1993. TT Games’ Lego Jurassic World (2015) is perhaps the franchise’s most successful game in recent years, while the series has also inspired a number of mobile titles and even an iGaming title that sits as part of Give Back Bingo’s online slots library, alongside titles such as Rainbow Phoenix and Jungle Fever.
Jurassic World Evolution is considered by many to be the spiritual successor to Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis, a construction sim based on the original Jurassic Park trilogy of movies and released for the PS2, Xbox and PC in 2003 to generally positive reviews, despite some journalists criticising its overly complex gameplay.
Similar to its predecessor, Jurassic World Evolution will see players being tasked with constructing and managing their own dinosaur theme park, complete with attractions – which they have to keep safe for customers – and research facilities. The is also set to feature creature development and bioengineering capabilities, with 30 archaeological dig sites serving as unlock points for different species of dinosaur. The game is set on the fictional Isla Nublar, which features throughout the movie series, as well as the surrounding Muertes Archipelago.
Upon announcing the game’s release, Frontier’s chief creative officer Jonny Watts said: “As long-time fans of the entire Jurassic series we’re thrilled to be putting players in charge of their own Jurassic World. We’re excited to bring over 15 years of management, simulation, and creature development expertise to a destination and franchise that remains an inspiration to us.”