The first in-game footage running in-engine for Jurassic World Evolution has gone live. Frontier Developments' upcoming park management simulator showcased some fairly advanced 3D dinosaurs in action, almost matching the fidelity of the Jurassic Park movies... and it's quite beautiful.
The game still takes place within the same universe, and at the very start of the trailer we're reminded that everything we're seeing is actual in-game footage. We then get shots of a raptor looking around and a parasaurolophus among the trees by a river. We get to see the real-time weather effects in play as a light bit of rain comes down during a slight overcast while a stegosaurus moseys around.
We also get to see the real-time day and night shift in play, where a series of brachiosaurus get the spotlight, including a cool clip where a helicopter surveying the area flies overhead.
For a strategy game, there's a whole lot of cinematic ambiance to Jurassic World Evolution, indicating that the developers are likely taking the same approach that Creative Assembly did with Total War: Warhammer, where it's not just a typical RTS title but a game themed around epic, cinematic clashes between iconic factions.
Just over 30 seconds into the trailer we get to see a T-Rex roaring while facing off against a very defensive triceratops. A few more seconds are dedicated wholly to the T-Rex; we get to see him stomping around at night in a scene almost reminiscent to Steven Spielberg's original Jurassic Park, where the giant creature chased down Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum.
Another clip is really cool. We get to see the T-Rex silhouette posing against a backdrop of a forested area where the glow of a setting sun casts a misty shadow over the whole scene. As mentioned, Frontier Developments is definitely going for a cinematic look for Jurassic World Evolution.
The rest of the trailer continues to showcase more of the game's various dinosaur types engaged in the real-time ecosystem, where they hunt, play, eat, and even sleep.
We continue to see how the park is monitored heavily by various types of security forces and how the herds move to and from various areas.
We're reminded that Jurassic World Evolution is due to release in June for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Unfortunately we don't get to see what the user interface or management setup is like, but we're still almost a year out from release and there's plenty of time to showcase those features for the upcoming game.