“Build your own Jurassic World.”
- - Tagline
Jurassic World Evolution is a 2018 business simulation game developed and published by Frontier Developments and based on the 2015 film, Jurassic World, the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise.
It was released on June 12, 2018, and allows players to create and manage a dinosaur theme park on the five islands of the Muertes Archipelago, as well as Isla Nublar—the site of both the original Jurassic Park and its successor, Jurassic World.
The primary goal of the game is to reach a five star rating on each island, progressing through research trees and unlocking new species of dinosaurs. Upon unlocking Isla Nublar with a four star park on Isla Matanceros, players are also given the ability to create the Jurassic World of their dreams in a sandbox mode, which removes the limitations placed on the islands in the Five Deaths. As players progress through the game, they are presented with contracts from the three main divisions of the Hammond Foundation, Science, Entertainment and Security, which in turn provide unique rewards based on the player's reputation with each branch.
- Life Finds a Way
Take charge of operations on the legendary islands of the Muertes archipelago and bring the wonder, majesty and danger of dinosaurs to life. Build for Science, Entertainment or Security interests in an uncertain world where life always finds a way.
Bioengineer dinosaurs that think, feel and react intelligently to the world around them. Play with life itself to give your dinosaurs unique behaviors, traits and appearances, then contain and profit from them to fund your global search for lost dinosaur DNA.
Control the big picture with deep management tools or go hands-on to confront challenges on the ground or in the air. Expand your islands and choose your own journey in an all-new narrative featuring iconic characters from across the franchise and decades of Jurassic lore at your fingertips.
Coming this June 12th 2018, Jurassic World Evolution is a new chapter in the official Jurassic mythology that puts you in charge of cinema’s most famous tourist destination.
In Jurassic World Evolution, players are able to build their own dinosaur theme park on Isla Nublar, the island featured in Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, as well as the five islands of the Muertes Archipelago, each with its own unique characteristics and challenges. Players begin on Isla Matanceros, where the goal is to acquire a three-star rating to unlock the next island. While each island unlocks larger and more popular dinosaurs and facilities, players are able to travel across their different parks at their leisure, with the ultimate goal of the game being to attract a five star rating on each island in the Muertes Archipelago, which will in turn unlock Isla Nublar.
While earlier islands are generally idyllic, as players progress further through the archipelago, more serious challenges begin to emerge. On later islands such as Isla Pena and Isla Sorna, powerful storms are common and can disrupt power and disable fencing, allowing dinosaurs to escape into the park. Like in the original Jurassic Park, players also must manage potential sabotage from subversive elements within their own organisation, if they neglect one of the park's three major divisions.
Players respond to these challenges by either relying on the game's AI, or in some cases, taking direct control over an ranger jeep or helicopter to tranquillise a rampaging dinosaur, resupply feeders or repair damaged fences. Players are able to modify the environment of their parks by planting thick forests of trees, creating water sources and adjusting the height of the terrain. In turn, dinosaurs will interact with their environment, with different species requiring different environmental factors to prosper.
Jurassic World Evolution draws heavily from established Jurassic lore, containing easter eggs and references to all five movies in the franchise. The in-game lore itself is, according to Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, "soft-canon". A key bridge to the films is the character Ian Malcolm, voiced by Jeff Goldblum, who acts as the central character and narrator to the events of Jurassic World Evolution.
Malcolm acts as the voice of reason in the game, warning against the inevitable chaos which will occur if the player adheres too closely to the three main department heads in the game.
Goldblum is joined by Bryce Dallas Howard and B.D. Wong, who portray Claire Dearing and Dr. Henry Wu respectively, reprising their roles from the Jurassic series. Owen Grady, first introduced alongside Dearing in Jurassic World also appears in the game in likeness only, as he's portrayed by A.J. Locascio, rather than Chris Pratt.
At launch, Jurassic World Evolution featured 37 unique species of dinosaur (42 with the Deluxe Edition). The roster of dinosaurs includes most of the species present in the Jurassic film series, as well as several species which had thus far appeared only in the original novels by Michael Crichton. The list of dinosaurs present in the game includes iconic species from the original Jurassic Park, including Tyrannosaurus, Velociraptor and Brachiosaurus, as well as popular dinosaurs from its sequels, such as Stegosaurus, Spinosaurus and the Indominus rex.
Dinosaurs are acquired by constructing an Expedition Center, which allows players to send paleontologists to real-world dig sites to gather fossils, which in turn provide DNA. Players then integrate the DNA of a host of modern animals to fill sequence gaps, giving each dinosaur unique traits as a result. Once players reach 50% viability by unlocking more DNA, they are able to release a dinosaur into an enclosure via the Hammond Creation Center. Each DNA strain available corresponds to a unique trait which can be applied to the dinosaurs, such as their level of aggression, their lifespan and even their appearance. Alternate skin colors and variations are available to differentiate dinosaurs from one another.
Dinosaurs react intelligently to both the environment, to each other and to guests. Territorial species will fight to maintain dominance, while others are content to share their enclosure with other species. However, the individual needs of each dinosaur, such as hunger, thirst and their surroundings, must be maintained to prevent them from attempting to escape their enclosures. Often as a result of their large size, all dinosaurs, including herbivores, are hazardous to guests and must be contained to prevent panic.
In Jurassic World Evolution, players come into contact with key figures in the Hammond Foundation charged with the park's development. These individuals are affiliated with either the Science, Entertainment or Security divisions, and offer missions that help the player progress through the islands. The Science division, headed by Dr. Kajal Dua, seeks to advance cloning technology and provide the park with complete dinosaur genomes, but can be blinded from the potential dangers of these resurrected animals.
The Entertainment division is led by Isaac Clement and is responsible for ensuring guest satisfaction and ever more impressive species of dinosaur, while finally the Security division, headed by George Lambert, is responsible for ensuring safety, while simultaneously creating more dangerous species to test the park's defences. While players are encouraged to take full advantage of the benefits provided by a single division, this also leads to the potential of sabotage from one of the others, if they feel they are not receiving proper attention.
Development and releaseEdit
Based primarily on Jurassic World, the fourth instalment in the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World Evolution was first announced by Frontier Developments on 20 August 2017, for an expected release to coincide with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in Summer of 2018. The original game announcement reads:
Frontier Developments today announced its new game, Jurassic World Evolution, and revealed the first trailer. Based on Universal Pictures’ iconic film franchise and created in collaboration with Universal Brand Development, the game expands on the official Jurassic World mythology and puts players in charge of cinema’s greatest tourist destination – where they will have the opportunity to create and manage their own Jurassic World. Launching in summer 2018, Jurassic World Evolution will be coming to PC, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system.
After being announced at GamesCon 2017, the first gameplay footage was revealed on October 7 at Frontier Expo, and was followed in the new year by the reveal of individual species of dinosaur through a series of weekly video releases known as "Species Profiles".
To create their dinosaurs, which they intended to be the best ever featured in a game, Frontier worked closely with Universal Pictures, which provided the dinosaur models and sounds used in the Jurassic films to ensure authenticity to the franchise. In addition, the team at Frontier worked to tie the game into the expanded lore of the franchise, watching all four films released in the franchise, and reading the original novels by Michael Crichton.
The Tyrannosaurus was one of the first dinosaurs to be developed in the game, with the development team using obtained audio files from the films, and altering them slightly to ensure both authenticity and realism. When possible, the team endeavoured to include both Jurassic lore and real life palaeontology, ensuring that the animals felt like Jurassic Park dinosaurs, while also retaining a degree of realism. For example, the Edmontosaurus featured in the game is based on its depiction on the Jurassic World website, though includes a small head crest, based on the latest paleontological findings.
Jurassic World Evolution was digitally released on June 12, 2018 on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with a physical release for consoles following on July 3rd of the same year. A patch, featuring dinosaurs introduced in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was released to coincide with the film's release. On July 19, it was reported that Jurassic World Evolution hit one million digital and physical sales.
Expansions, updates, and DLC Edit
On July 17, 2018, Frontier confirmed that, similar to Planet Coaster and Elite Dangerous, Jurassic World Evolution will be supported post-launch with patches, updates and DLC. A roadmap of what future content will be coming will be announced soon.
Fallen Kingdom Dinosaur UpdateEdit
The first content pack for Jurassic World Evolution was a tie-in to the fifth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and was released to coincide with the film's North American opening on June 22nd. This free pack came as an update to the game, and includes the six dinosaurs introduced in Fallen Kingdom, Allosaurus, Baryonyx, Carnotaurus, Indoraptor, Sinoceratops and Stygimoloch. Contrary to popular belief, this is not a DLC pack; instead, it is simply a patch for the game.
The next free content update for Jurassic World Evolution, which will release on 13 September 2018, will provide numerous fixes and community-requested updates. This includes including an extension to the lifespan of dinosaurs, a new camera view for Viewing Platforms and Monorails, which approximates the perspective of guests, increased sizes for the Spinosaurus and Giganotosaurus and reduced sizes for the Tyrannosaurus and Ceratosaurus. Other changes include the behaviour of non-hybrid carnivores, which will hunt only when hungry, and minor sound additions, such as Jurassic Park III-inspired Spinosaurus roars, and the increase of both volume and ranges of sauropod calls.
- Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm
- Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing
- B. D. Wong as Dr. Henry Wu
- A.J. Locascio as Owen Grady
- Graham Vick as Cabot Finch
- Shazia Nicholls as Kajal Dua
- Steve Toussaint as George Lambert
- Osy Ikhile as Isaac Clement
- Jurassic World Evolution is often considered to be the spiritual successor to Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis — a park simulator game released in 2003.
- The original gameplay trailer shows some features that are not included in the final game, such as improved lighting, a couple of alternate skin patterns, a natural sleeping mechanic, and even herding and pack hunting.
- It has been hinted that both marine and flying reptiles (such as Mosasaurus and Pteranodon) might be included as DLC after the game's release.
References and notesEdit
- ↑ Jurassic World Evolution
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 O'Brian, Lucy (March 29, 2018). JURASSIC WORLD EVOLUTION WANTS TO SHOW YOU THE BEST DINOSAURS YOU'VE EVER SEEN IGN. Retrieved April 19, 2018
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Rougeau, Michael (March 29, 2018). Jurassic World Evolution Is A Chaotic Sandbox For Dinosaur Management Mayhem Gamespot. Retrieved June 14, 2018
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 (March 29, 2018). Jurassic World Evolution - First Official Gameplay Demo Youtube. Retrieved on June 14, 2018
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Gilyadov, Alex (April 25, 2018). MORE JURASSIC WORLD ACTORS JOIN THE CAST OF JURASSIC WORLD: EVOLUTION IGN. Retrieved June 14, 2018
- ↑ Krupa, Daniel and Murphy, Gav (May 7, 2018). THE FIRST 20 MINUTES OF JURASSIC WORLD EVOLUTION - IGN FIRST IGN. Retrieved June 14, 2018
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Chiodini, Johnny (March, 29, 2018). Jurassic World Evolution finds a way to be refreshingly different Eurogamer. Retrieved June 14, 2018
- ↑ (August 20, 2017). FRONTIER ANNOUNCES JURASSIC WORLD EVOLUTION Jurassic World Evolution. Retrieved June 14, 2018
- ↑ Walker, Alex (October 9, 2017). A First Look At Jurassic World Evolution Kotaku. Retrieved June 14, 2018
- ↑ Keyes, Rob (April 2, 2018). Jurassic World Evolution: Creative Director Michael Brookes Interview Screenrant. Retrieved June 14, 2018
- ↑ Krupa, Daniel (May 16, 2018). HOW JURASSIC WORLD EVOLUTION MADE ITS T.REX - IGN FIRST IGN. Retrieved June 14, 2018
- ↑ O'Brian, Lucy (March 29, 2018). Jurassic World Evolution Gets Official Digital, Physical Release Date: Life finds a way on June 12 and July 3 IGN. Retrieved June 14, 2018
- ↑ Krupa, Daniel (May 18, 2018). MAINTAINING ORDER IN JURASSIC WORLD EVOLUTION (DEVELOPER DIARY) – IGN FIRST IGN. Retrieved June 14, 2018
- ↑ http://ie.ign.com/articles/2018/07/19/jurassic-world-evolution-hits-1-million-copies-sold