Announced at Gamescom 2017 during Xbox’s live show, Jurassic World Evolution is a simulation game that lets players build their very own park set in the iconic film series.
In true Jurassic Park fashion, the trailer begins with a dinosaur hatching from an egg. It then transitions to a fully grown Tyrannosaurus rex that breaks out of its habitat and turns a poor worker into lunch. It will be the player’s job to manage the park and capture any dinosaurs that get loose. Some gameplay was shown where the terrain can be quickly edited and a ‘rapid response unit’ building pops up to contain the situation. The game is centered around the theme park from the 2015 Jurassic World movie on Isla Nublar.
Frontier Developments, the studio behind Elite: Dangerous, is creating Jurassic World Evolution. Frontier’s CCO Jonny Watts said in regards to the game, “Every choice leads to a different path and spectacular challenges arise when ‘life finds a way.'” Considering their pedigree with simulation games, hopefully Jurassic World Evolution ends up being better than most movie tie-ins.
Jurassic World Evolution is set to launch in summer 2018 to coincide with the release of the next film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.