Frontier has finally begun teasing out a little more information on its upcoming dinosaur park builder, Jurassic World Evolution. Sadly, it’s not all good news. Despite Planet Coaster’s impeccable Steam Workshop integration, Jurassic World Evolution won’t have mod support at launch. That’s according to German magazine PC Games, which has the scoop on Frontier’s scaled back ambitions.
A reason for the lack of custom content support hasn’t been provided, although Frontier doesn’t totally rule out adding support further down the line. The suspicion with a licensed game is that perhaps it’s a whole lot more difficult to get a feature such as mods greenlit with Universal Pictures breathing down its neck like a hungry T. Rex.
What it means is that, at launch at least, players aren’t going to be able to inject or share any of their own creations in Jurassic World Evolution. It’ll be the vanilla game or nothing, but at least Frontier has intimated we can expect a decent schedule of DLC content and expansions.
Talking of content, PC Games also unearthed some juicy nuggets on the main attraction - the dinosaurs themselves. A grand total of 40 different dinosaurs will be in Jurassic World Evolution at launch, although naturally, they won’t all be available from the get-go. Research teams can be sent out to try and dig out new fossils and amber in the hunt for new dinosaurs, before sending them to Mr. DNA to work his helix-y magic. From the snippets we’ve seen, the usual suspects are in such as the Triceratops, Velociraptor, Stegosaurus and T. Rex, along with probably each and every dinosaur we’ve seen in the (soon to be) five movies. Like Jurassic World though, the thirst for new dinosaurs goes beyond the real, and players can mix and match DNA to make genetic hybrids such as the Indominus Rex.
Each and every dinosaur will be unique and will require specific habitats, food, or grazing resources. They’ll also have their own AI which will dictate how they interact with other species, and of course the disaster they can potentially inflict when life finds a way.
Jurassic World Evolution takes place on the entire Muertes Archipelago, known as Five Deaths, with islands like Isla Matanceros, Isla Muerta, Isla Pena, Isla Sorna and Isla Tacaño. No mention of Isla Nublar, bizarrely, the setting of the original Jurassic Park. Each island will bring with it unique terrain, weather and ecology that can the challenge of building a successful park on it.
Bit by bit we’re finding out a little more about Jurassic World Evolution, now we just can’t wait to get our hands on it. Frontier is targeting a June 12th release date on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.