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Jurassic World Evolution
Jurassic World Evolution cover art.jpg
Developer(s)Frontier Developments
Publisher(s)Frontier Developments
Director(s)Michael Brookes
Producer(s)Craig Abraham
Designer(s)Andrew Fletcher
Artist(s)John Laws
Writer(s)John Zuur Platten
Composer(s)Jeremiah Pena
SeriesJurassic Park
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Release12 June 2018
Genre(s)Business simulation
Mode(s)Single-player

Jurassic World Evolution is a business simulation video game developed and published by Frontier Developments. Based on the 2015 film Jurassic World, the game was released on 12 June 2018, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In the game, players construct a dinosaur park on Las Cinco Muertes Archipelago, a group of five islands also known as the "Five Deaths". The game features more than 40 types of dinosaurs; their genes can be modified to introduce new features. Players are given contracts to fulfill by three divisions, Science, Security and Entertainment, allowing them to progress. A sandbox mode set on Isla Nublar, the setting of the film, can be unlocked.

The game was created by a development team of approximately 100 people with a budget of around £8 million. Its development began in 2016, after NBCUniversal approached Frontier Developments about creating a game to accompany the theatrical release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. To do this, Frontier staff inspected different dinosaur models and reference materials sent by Universal, watched the Jurassic Park films, read the novels and fan theories. The team consulted paleontologist Jack Horner when they designed the dinosaurs. Jeff Goldblum, Bryce Dallas Howard and B. D. Wong reprised their roles from the Jurassic Park film series, voicing remarks to players and contributing to the game's narrative.

Announced at Gamescom 2017, the game received a generally mixed critical reception. Critics praised its dinosaur designs and graphics, but the game's contracts, simulation and management gameplay were less well-received. The game's tutorial and learning curve were also criticized. Five weeks after its initial release, the game had sold one million copies through digital and physical sales. The game was supported with free updates and downloadable content upon release.

Gameplay[edit]

A gameplay screenshot featuring the hybrid dinosaur Indominus rex from Jurassic World. To keep dinosaurs happy, players must fulfill different requirements as indicated by the status bar shown at the left.

Jurassic World Evolution is a business simulation game that allows the player to construct a Jurassic World dinosaur theme park with attractions and research facilities. Players must build an Expedition Center, which sends paleontologists to fossil dig sites to obtain dinosaurs' DNA material.[1] DNA sequencing unlocks new dinosaurs and updates their statistics, such as lifespan and resilience. With enough DNA content, players can use the Hammond Research Center to breed and incubate dinosaurs. Players can also improve the dinosaurs' genes by integrating DNA from modern species with that of the dinosaurs to fill their gaps and allow them to evolve. Modifications to the dinosaurs' DNA change their base statistics, as well as everything from their level of aggressiveness to their appearance.[2] The game features a terrain tool which allows players to modify the environment by planting trees and creating water sources.[3]

Dinosaurs are the game's main attraction and income earner.[4] The game features approximately 40 dinosaur species at launch.[5] Players can name each dinosaur after they are incubated.[6] Players need to build enclosures to contain dinosaurs for visitors' viewing. The needs of different dinosaurs, like the type of food they eat and the extent of the social interactions they require, must be met to keep them healthy and satisfied.[7] Dinosaurs, controlled by artificial intelligence, will interact with each other and the environment. For instance, carnivores will attack carnivores of a different species, and they will hunt down herbivores.[3] Players also need to construct various entertainment rides, as well as amenities like restaurants and shops to please the guests. An example of tourist attractions is the Gyrosphere or the monorail from Jurassic World.[8] Players can also use the game's photo mode to take pictures of dinosaurs, which help the park to earn money and publicity.[9] Each entertainment facility and amenity comes with its own management system. Players are able to set and adjust entry fees as well as the number of staff present in each facility.[3] Dinosaurs can be sold to earn additional income.[10]

Various emergency situations may happen in the park, including power failures, unpredictable weather, and dinosaur breakouts, which must be addressed by players to ensure guests' safety and happiness.[2] Players can build an ACU Center and a Ranger Station, which are responsible for maintaining the park's security. They can sedate escaped dinosaurs, medicate sick dinosaurs, resupply dinosaur feeders, transport dinosaurs, fix fences, and more.[3] Players can also control vehicles from a third-person perspective such as helicopters and 4x4 trucks to complete these tasks.[1][9] Emergency shelters to protect the guests, as well as other security structures like power network redundancies and storm warning centers, can be built.[9] Many of these security facilities can be upgraded to strengthen their efficiency when dealing with emergencies.[11]

Gameplay modes[edit]

In the career mode, the player's goal is to develop five-star parks across the fictional islands of the Las Cinco Muertes Archipelago.[12][1] Dr. Ian Malcolm assists players throughout the game.[13] Players will meet other key figures representing the three branches of the park's development: Entertainment, Security, and Science. Each of these characters tries to convince players to develop the park in accordance with their advice.[11] They give players "contracts" to complete which include a series of goals and objectives. These contracts add narrative to the game, as well as provide rewards and reputation in their respective domains.[3] Players are advised to keep a close eye on their reputation within each division. If a player's reputation within a division gets too low, that creates a sabotage in the player's park that will need to be attended to immediately. For instance, the park's power could be shut down allowing dinosaurs to break out, or a disease could be introduced to infect them.[14] These divisions all feed into the parks' ratings. The five islands, each with different characteristics and challenges, will gradually unlock with sufficient positive park ratings.[3]

Isla Nublar — the island featured in Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom[15][16] — is the setting for a sandbox mode that is separate from the game's career mode. The sandbox mode is unlocked once a four-star park rating is achieved on Isla Matanceros, the starting island.[17] Once this is accomplished, everything players have unlocked in career mode, such as building upgrades and dinosaurs, will transfer over to the sandbox; anything locked in career mode remains in the sandbox.[15][18] In sandbox mode, players have unlimited funds, and they can set the weather and time of day at their parks.[15] Challenge Mode, available in an update after the game's release, involves playing with adjustable levels of difficulty and limited money, in addition to other differences like fees and penalties against players.[19]

Development and release[edit]

Jurassic World Evolution stand at E3 2018

Jurassic World Evolution was developed and published by Frontier Developments, and is based on the 2015 film Jurassic World.[20] NBCUniversal had wanted a game to accompany the theatrical release of its 2018 film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and approached Frontier Developments about creating it two years or so before the film's eventual release. Frontier Developments was also interested in creating a dinosaur game.[21]

The game was created with a development team of approximately 100 people,[21] on a budget of around £8 million.[22][23] It was built using Frontier Developments' Cobra game engine.[24] Universal Pictures provided the developers with dinosaur models from the films to allow for a high level of detail, as well as reference materials and audio. To aid in creating the game, the development team closely watched the films and read Michael Crichton's novels, Jurassic Park and The Lost World, and fan theories. In addition, Universal and the team had discussions about various elements in the game.[25] History from each of the films was added to the game.[21] For example, Jeff Goldblum reprised his role as Ian Malcolm from the first two Jurassic Park films.[13] Bryce Dallas Howard and B. D. Wong also reprised their roles from Jurassic World.[26]

Tyrannosaurus rex was one of the first dinosaurs the development team began working on. For the T. rex roars, the game's sound team obtained audio samples from the films and then altered them for originality. The animation team then altered their T. rex roaring animations to fit the sound effects. To design the dinosaurs the development team primarily referred to the films for consistency, while incorporating some of the latest scientific discoveries to add to their designs. The team also studied birds and other animals to aid in designing the dinosaurs. In addition to their designs, dinosaur behavior was based on a combination of the films and scientific findings.[27] Paleontologist Jack Horner, who served as an advisor on the films, was also consulted for advice on the game's dinosaurs.[21][28] They were given bright and colorful hides based on new dinosaur research.[28]

In February 2017, Frontier's CEO David Braben announced the company was working on a new project based on an existing Hollywood property.[29] On 20 August 2017, the game was announced during Gamescom 2017.[30] Later, on 7 October, footage showcasing the in-game engine was revealed during the first annual Frontier Expo.[31] The game was digitally released for Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 12 June 2018,[24][32] coinciding with the theatrical release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.[25] A free game update based on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, with six dinosaurs from the film, was released on 22 June 2018.[18][33] Physical copies of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version were distributed by Sold Out on 3 July 2018.[34][32] In August 2018, Frontier Developments announced an upcoming patch that would alter the sizes of several dinosaurs to match their real-life and film counterparts.[35] The update was released in September 2018, and included additional sandbox and gameplay options, as well as the addition of Challenge Mode.[19] The first paid downloadable content (DLC), Secrets of Dr. Wu, was released on November 20, 2018. The DLC introduced new story missions, research options and new dinosaur and hybrid species. On the same day, Frontier introduced new AI behaviors and a day-night cycle into the game via a free update.[36][37]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic(PC) 69/100[38]
(PS4) 68/100[39]
(XONE) 76/100[40]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid5.5/10[41]
Game Informer7/10[42]
Game Revolution4/5 stars[43]
GameSpot7/10[45]
GamesRadar+4/5 stars[44]
IGN4.5/10[4]
PC Gamer (US)71/100[46]

Critics praised the dinosaurs featured in the game. Sam Loveridge of GamesRadar+ liked the variety as well as the cutscene that was displayed when a dinosaur is released from the incubation center. He enjoyed being able to control the jeep and the ACU helicopter from a third-person perspective, a mechanic he applauds for allowing players to relate to the dinosaurs. He added that he "lost entire evenings to [the game] without even thinking" due to its relaxing nature.[44] Game Revolution's Paul Tamburro praised the dinosaurs' design, in particular, Frontier's attention to detail and the dinosaurs' animation.[43] James Swinbanks of GameSpot agreed, praising the dinosaurs. He also enjoyed the need to learn each dinosaur's personality, requirements and behaviors, adding the process is "surprisingly satisfying".[45] Game Informer 's Daniel Tack liked that players can experiment with different genes, though he commented that it was not a "freeform experience".[42] Dan Stapleton of IGN disagreed and felt that unlocking genes was tedious, describing the process as a series of "mandatory robotic actions".[4] While he liked the dinosaur variety, he lamented the lack of pterosaurs and aquatic prehistoric reptiles at launch. Destructoid's Dam Roemer commended the inclusion of lesser- known dinosaurs species, singling out Giganotosaurus and Deinonychus.[41]

The simulation aspect of the game received mixed reviews. Loveridge held a positive opinion regarding dinosaur management, as each species has their own needs and niches that players must fulfill. He felt the park management aspect, including the construction of facilities and utilities, was "minimal".[44] Tamburro compared the simulation to RollerCoaster Tycoon and Zoo Tycoon. He enjoyed the chaos created when dinosaurs break out, but he was disappointed that dinosaurs did not attack the park's staff carrying out maintenance inside the enclosures.[43] Philippa Warr of PC Gamer praised the dinosaurs but criticized the lack of attention to missions and individual guests' views and happiness ratings on the park. She also noted the simulation lacked depth, as buildings looked largely the same and the environment soon became stale.[46] Swinbanks felt dealing with natural disasters and dinosaur breakout was exciting initially, but soon became repetitive. He also lamented the lack of new challenges presented in the later stage of the game.[45] Tack criticized the tiresome aspect of simulation and the constant need to wait for objectives to be completed, comparing them to a mobile game.[42] Describing the simulation as "shallow", Roemer criticized the lack of time constraints, cleanliness ratings, and a full day-night cycle. He was also disappointed by the small size of each island, which made park building "unfulfilling".[41] Stapleton agreed, saying that the small islands limited players' creativity. He noted that players cannot speed up time in the game, a signature feature in many other simulators and builders, and criticized its exclusion as it forced players to wait aimlessly to get enough cash to perform an action.[4]

The game's contracts garnered mixed opinions. Loveridge believed they helped introduced a structure to the game, though he commented that these missions did not form a cohesive narrative.[44] Tamburro enjoyed the process of progressing from one island to the next, as each island has its own unique layout and landscape prompting players to create a new park that is different from the previous ones. He noted that the contracts helped players to unlock new items, but he felt they were not "exciting".[43] Warr criticized the lack of variety featured in the missions, with different scenarios only presenting minor modifications and adjusting the difficult slightly. He also disliked the contracts for occasionally forcing players to complete missions that do not make sense, such as releasing a dinosaur to kill guests.[46] Swinbanks also criticized three contract factions, adding that players' need to satisfy and balance all three parties demands as "arbitrary".[45] Roemer praised Goldblum's performance, though he noted the overarching plot "goes nowhere". He described the game's progression system as "awful" and wished to skip them entirely.[41]

The game's tutorial and guidance to players was criticized. Loveridge noted that certain missions were confusing with some late game objectives being presented too early, forcing him to dismiss them to progress. He singled out the tutorial section for being incompetent, failing to inform players about key aspects of the game such as power distribution and landscaping tools, which often create obstruction. and terrain errors that prevent players from constructing certain buildings and modifying the landscape.[44] Warr noted pacing errors with the tutorials, saying that some of them showed up way too late.[46]

Reviewers had mixed opinions of the game as a whole. Loveridge called it an intricate simulation game that fans of the series would enjoy, and he commended the many references to the film featured in the game.[44] Tamburro agreed and called it the best Jurassic Park-themed game, though he noted that the game had more constraints than Frontier's previous park builder, Planet Coaster.[43] Initially impressed by the game, Warr was disappointed after extended play time feeling the game was lacking depth.[46] Swinbanks noted that despite its shortcomings, the game was "faithful" to the franchise. He felt that it was "a good park management sim in its own right".[45] Roemer felt that the game's development was rushed, and the lack of depth was problematic.[41] Stapleton called it a "bad" game for being largely boring.[4]

Sales[edit]

Five weeks after its initial release, the game had sold one million copies through digital and physical sales.[47]

Accolades[edit]

The game was nominated for "Best Audio Design" at the 2018 Golden Joystick Awards.[48][49]

See also[edit]

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