Jurassic World was one of the biggest films of 2015 – grossing $208.8 million on its debut weekend domestically, and a $1.6 billion global gross, only brought down to the 3rd biggest film of the year by due to the massive production and talent budget. The success of the franchise – both in its original incarnation and in the late sequels would have been crazy not to be directed towards the video game industry. As such, Jurassic Word Evolution will be released June 2018 across PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The gameplay was revealed early enough at Gamescon 2017 in order to keep momentum high for the June 2018 release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (with a return of Jurassic Park's Jeff Goldblum). With fans already aware of both releases, the cross-promotional marketing opportunities will no doubt send Jurassic World to the top spot in 2018. While the original films were also box office successes, the games have consistently been successful. For example, the Lego Jurassic World title scored a 9/10 on games platform Steam, and a 4.5/5 on Google Play.

While we have to wait for the new game, there are still ways to interact with Jurassic World – and Park – and the themes of the film. It's not just about dinosaurs, but about how we have brought dinosaurs back and the ramifications of this decision and how it was handled. The theme is broad enough to be covered in various formats, for example, with free spins casino, fans can engage with a licensed Jurassic World themed slot game, which takes the overarching basis of the saga and frames it around a game of luck. The game will bridge the gap nicely in the wait for the film and video game, and the added element of luck and chance will reflect the tension that arises in the Park from the dinosaurs' release.   

The success of all the games in the Jurassic Park franchise – from the PlayStation games of the 1990s, to Jurassic Park: The Social Game, comes down to the key elements of the film that everyone can connect with. The Social Game was a mobile game released in 2012 to coincide with the cinematic release of Jurassic Park: 3D. The game focused on players building their own parks, with the added social angle of being able to visit one another's parks. Much like Animal Crossing or even Theme Park,the game's success came from bringing the life of wonder that comes from the films onto players' mobiles.

This sense of wonder makes the Jurassic Park franchise, and the excitement and bated breath the characters initially feel in the first film as they arrive is the hallmark element that is carried throughout the past decades and across the different platforms. According to Mashable, the new game allows that very feeling as players build their parks on Xbox, enhancing on the gameplay of the original games in the series. The wonder comes from the creation of something the player moulds in their own image along the lines of Jurassic Park, as opposed to a standard follow-the-narrative video game film tie-in.   

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Last Updated: Nov 01, 2017

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