At Microsoft’s Xbox press conference at Gamescom 2017, UK developer Frontier announced its next game: Jurassic World Evolution. Finally, you'll be able to design and build your own parks, raise your own dinosaurs and try to save your customers when it all inevitably goes wrong. While details were initially scarce, we now know much more about Jurassic World Evolution and what it'll offer in terms of gameplay.
Here's everything you need to know about Jurassic World Evolution, from the release date to the latest gameplay details and trailers. If you want to know about the upcoming film instead, check out our guide to all things Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
When is the Jurassic World Evolution release date?
Following initial plans to release Jurassic World Evolution in Summer 2018, Frontier has since confirmed that the game is set to be released on 12 June 2018.
With the announcement of a solid release date came pre-order bundles, now available from the likes of Amazon (£44.99), GAME (£49.99), Steam (£49.99), the PlayStation Store (£49.99) and the Microsoft Store (£49.99) in the UK, while US gamers have similar options with Amazon ($59.99), Best Buy ($59.99), Steam ($59.99), the PlayStation Store ($59.99) and the Microsoft Store ($59.99).
Which platforms will Jurassic World Evolution support?
Jurassic World Evolution is set to be released on PS4, Xbox One and PC with support for PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. There's no Switch support though, so Nintendo fans may have to look elsewhere.
What’s Jurassic World Evolution gameplay like?
Put simply, Jurassic World Evolution is a theme park simulator with dinosaurs. Given that Frontier is the developer behind titles including the ever-popular Roller Coaster Tycoon series, it’s easy to predict that ‘Evolution’ will have broadly similar mechanics.
The announcement on Frontier’s site explains little more: “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.
You’ll be in control of operations on Isla Nublar as well as the surrounding islands of the Muertes Archipelago. First, though you’ll have to build your own Jurassic World, breeding new dinosaurs, building attractions, containment and research facilities.
You'll have to send researchers to dig sites to unearth new fossils and grow new dinosaurs, then look after them in the park itself - including making sure they don't get sick. There'll be a balance throughout between entertainment, science, and security - anyone who's seen the films can probably guess that the last one is fairly important.
But as well as being a management sim, you can also get right into the action when it does go wrong. Rather than simply selecting a unit to tranq a wild dino, you can do it yourself. You'll be transported to an FPS-esque mode where you can drive vehicles, interact with your park and tranq dinos, giving the game a whole new dimension and allowing you to personally explore your park.
Apparently, your choices have consequences and “spectacular challenges arise when ‘life finds a way’”. It’s also a partnership with Universal, so you can expect an environment exactly like the film series, with the same cinematic soundtrack (and commentary from none other than Jeff Goldblum!).
Trailers & gameplay footage
If you want to find out more, you can watch a few of the devs chatting about the game's design and features during a panel at Frontier Expo 2017:
Thanks to the Frontier Expo 2017, we also have our first proper look at Jurassic World Evolution, including the first-ever in-game footage. It doesn't show off much about how the gameplay will actually work, but does give you a great look at the dinosaurs themselves in action.
There were more trailers released throughout early 2018, but we think the most impressive video provides an in-depth look at what you'll be doing in Jurassic World Evolution. Take a look at that video below: