Working with Dinosaurs (Developer Diary)

The Frontier team outline not only how you create dinosaurs but how you keep them content, and well, in their enclosures ideally.

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. The game is set on all five of the fictional islands of the Las Cinco Muertes Archipelago. The player’s ultimate goal is to develop five-star parks across the islands. Isla Nublar – the island featured in Jurassic ParkJurassic World, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom– is the setting for a sandbox mode that is separate from the game’s career mode. The sandbox mode is unlocked once a 4-star park rating is achieved on Isla Matanceros, the starting island. Once this is accomplished, everything the player has unlocked in career mode, such as building upgrades and dinosaurs, will transfer over to the sandbox, and anything locked in career will remain locked in the sandbox.

The game features approximately 40 dinosaur species at launch. Dr. Ian Malcolm assists the player through the game, and players will meet other key figures representing three branches of the park’s development: Entertainment, Security, and Science. Each of these characters will push their agenda at the players, trying to convince players to develop the park in accordance with their advice. They give players “contracts” to complete, which are a series of goals and objectives. These contracts add narrative to the game, as well as rewards and reputation in their respective domains. As stated by Cabot Finch, one of the main voices of the game, the players are recommended to keep a close eye on their reputation with each division. If the player’s reputation with a division gets too low, that division will create a problem in the player’s park that they’ll need to attend to immediately.

Examples of problems a division can cause are poisoning some of the player’s dinosaurs, therefore creating an outbreak of sickness and possibly death amongst the dinosaurs if not immediately taken care of, sabotaging a dino cage or piece of equipment, and even simply releasing dangerous dinosaurs among the guests. Players can also access the InGen Database to know more about the lore of the game’s world. These divisions all feed into the parks’ ratings. The five islands, each with different characteristics and challenges, will gradually unlock with sufficient park ratings.