[Correction: The article previously stated that the game would be coming exclusively to Xbox, but it’s actually going to be a multi-platform release.]
Microsoft announced during GamesCom 2017’s press conference that Frontier Developments’ Jurassic World: Evolution would be arriving on the Xbox One, PS4, PC and Xbox One X in the summer of 2018.
The minute and a half long trailer was aired during the two hour mini-conference Microsoft held during the Cologne, Germany gaming event. You can check it out below, which gives you a hint and a bit of an idea as to what to expect from the upcoming RTS title.
Basically, Jurassic World: Evolution will be based on the premise and concepts introduced in the Jurassic World movie from back in 2015. Except instead of having a buff and action-hero icon like Chris Pratt to play as, running around in the jungle shooting dinosaurs in the face and riding fast on a dirt bike, players will instead command a park as an overseer, plopping down cages, bringing in new dinosaurs, making sure public safety is a top priority, and attempting to prevent your staff from getting gobbled up by tyrannosaurs.
Much like many other strategy games out there you can select various buildings to put down that carry out specific tasks. In the video teaser above we see that a security building allows a helicopter to fly overhead and supposedly subdue the T-Rex before it gets too far out of hand.
Much like the Jurassic World movie, we see all the cool little tourist traps and attractions, along with a transport that takes you through the park you design.
The cinematic-style graphics in the teaser could be a huge selling point if that’s how the game will look on the Xbox One X. As a tycoon-style strategy game that’s exclusive to home console, I don’t know how well this will do on the Xbox platform, but at least Microsoft is trying to do something new. It sure beats relying on lackluster half-baked indie games and uninspired annual outings from Activision and Ubisoft to carry the platform.
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