Yesterday, Universal announced via a teaser trailer the release of Jurassic World Alive. It’s a new location-based augmented reality mobile app in the same ilk as Pokémon Go. Jurassic World Alive is being developed in partnership with Montreal-based Ludia, the published responsible for Jurassic Park Builder and Jurassic World: The Game.
There’s not much to glean from the trailer itself other than the suitably awe inspiring sight of a T-Rex marauding through Los Angeles’ Echo Park. Though that is exactly what’s at the crux of the game; full-sized dinosaurs littering all too familiar streets and cities.
What’s Jurassic World Alive All About?
Gameplay gravitates around six fundamental pillars; explore, collect, create, battle, earn, and share. While roaming around, players can discover and collect up to 100 dinosaurs. Regular updates will include more varieties and unique breeds. Certain dinosaurs will also be location-specific and confined to exact locations.
In addition, you can pinpoint dinosaurs from the comfort of home thanks to an in-game map and then send out a drone to compile DNA. Once collected, the samples effectively unlock breeds of dinosaur. This genetic catalogue then allows players to engineer hybrid creatures. Coupling certain genetic attributes yields different abilities and strengths. The drone itself will have a limited battery and uncovering supply drops improves its lifespan.
Beyond this, we encounter tropes already popularized in Pokemon Go such as the ability to level up creatures, in-game currency, and a roster of dinosaurs at our disposal. Jurassic World Alive does, however, include real time player-vs-player combat in special battle arenas. The AR technology will also allow photos and videos. Players can bask in the glory of their accomplishments accompanied by life-sized dinosaurs.
Jurassic World Alive Release Date
In terms of a release date, the details available suggest a rather nonspecific spring 2018 release. We can, however, connect the dots and make an educated guest.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the next instalment in the Jurassic World movie franchise, releases on June 22nd. The game is clearly a marketing prelude to promote the movie. Chris Heatherly, VP of games at Universal Brand Development, is to appear at GamesBeat Summit in April.
Google Play and the App Store are already sporting dedicated pages for the app. Allowing enough time for the hype to build up, we estimate a release date in late April or early May if not sooner.
Jurassic World Alive Storyline
In terms of a narrative, players must avert a second dinosaur extinction by becoming a member of the Dinosaur Protection Group. The appearance of dinosaurs in towns and cities is explained by a mass exodus from their native island of Isla Nublar due to unexplained reasons. With this in mind, we would like to see the inclusion of events that affect all players or timed-missions that add substance to the story.
Jurassic World Alive Wish List
Gameplay gravitates around six fundamental pillars; explore, collect, create, battle, earn, and share.
We hope that the mad-scientist appeal of mixing genetic information isn’t burdened with jarring limitations, running the risk of being constrictive. Imagine creating a Pteranodon/T-Rex hybrid capable of flight with unmatched combat skills. The app would do well to make sure the possibilities are indeed endless.
Official details on the app page hint at the ability to track dinosaurs by understanding how they behave and identifying their roaming patterns. This could add a degree of depth to the game to encourage repeat play. We imagine certain breeds appearing only at night, or only near bodies of water for example.
For more information and to pre-register, you can visit the Jurassic World Alive website here. For the trouble you get a special in-game incubator when the game launches.