At Microsoft’s Xbox press conference at Gamescom 2017, UK developer Frontier announced its next game: Jurassic World Evolution.

Few details were revealed, but since then Frontier has spoken a little more about gameplay, and we’re beginning to get a good idea of what to expect: essentially Roller Coaster Tycoon with dinosaurs.

When is the Jurassic World Evolution release date?

The game will be out in summer 2018 on Xbox One, Windows PC and PS4.

Since the next Jurassic World film, Fallen Kingdom, will be in cinemas in June 2018, expect the game to arrive at roughly the same time.

What’s the 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.

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.

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 Frontiers Expo 2017:

Gameplay footage

Thanks to Frontiers Expo 2017 we now 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.

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