One of the great white whales of gaming is the concept of an actually good Jurassic Park theme park sim. Something which actually captures the micromanaging pleasure of something like RollerCoaster Tycoon, and the visceral joy of seeing a velociraptor shred the shit out of a park ranger. Is that so much to ask?
And it’s actually been attempted plenty of times over the years. Here’s the summary: none of them have been particularly good, in the same way official film tie-ins usually aren’t. Buggy, shit graphics, bland gameplay… these are the hallmarks of the Jurassic Park games of yore. Jurassic Park Operation Genesis was decent enough, but every game ended up with you addressing the approximately 5 million minor pager alerts you got every ten seconds. It basically became Microsoft Outlook Simulator: Dinosaur Edition.
Well, everyone’s het up right now over a new game locked and loaded in the pipeline – Jurassic World Evolution. The trailer dropped in Microsoft‘s pre-show Gamescom briefing, and it looks… pretty decent, to be quite honest. It has tenuous approval from this guy right here.
It’s coming from the devs behind Elite Dangerous and Planet Coaster, so they’ve actually god a decent pedigree behind them. And unlike other official film-to-game franchises, the concept of a dinosaur park is cool enough to work on its own.
Jurassic World Evolution is set for release in 2018 to coincide with the next movie, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It’ll be coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC.