Lego Jurassic World
Publisher: Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Traveller's Tales
Platforms: PS4, PS3, PS Vita, 3DS, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC
Release Date: June 12th, 2015
Lego Jurassic World is a new IP based off of the Jurassic Park franchise (along with the upcoming Jurassic World) and the Lego series. The title is currently being developed by Traveller’s Tales, which is known for creating several games in the Lego franchise including Lego The Hobbit, Lego Batman 3: Batman Beyond and much more.
Lego Jurassic World will be published by property owner Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment. The game, similar to its predecessors, is in development for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. It will release in June 2015.
Despite being teased during the final credits Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the game has been surprisingly quiet in regards to PR and development details.
Like so many other Lego games before it, Lego Jurassic isn’t being developed as one build for just one platform. Instead, it’s being released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. Typically, the handheld versions of the games on PS Vita and 3DS are separate builds of the game with smaller hubs or stages.
Despite being different versions of the one game however, they often level out to be the same at a fundamental gameplay level with mechanics and features carrying over. Notable exceptions would be hardware specific features, such as using the Vita’s rear and forward facing touch screens to help aim or solve certain puzzles in the game world.
To draw out the game’s length and make it a more engrossing package, Lego Jurassic World won’t simply focus on tying into the upcoming Jurassic World movie. Rather, it will cover all four of the Jurassic Park movies. This allows the developer to include more characters from more scenarios in the roster.
This wide variety of characters also allows it to include more gameplay mechanics in the form of character specific abilities that are used to solve puzzles and interact with game environment. For example, Ellie’s character specific ability allows her to dig through Dinosaur dung (in reference to a scene in the movies). Speaking about this, TT’s Mike Taylor said “We do a lot of focus testing, and this mechanic was very popular especially with the younger audience.”
The games plot draws from the original 1993 film Jurassic Park, 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park, 2001’s Jurassic Park III and the upcoming 2015 film Jurassic World. Given that Jurassic World hasn’t been released at the time of writing, the plot specifics aren’t entirely known. It is assumed that each film will be available as a separate campaign to play.
Gameplay isn’t expected to change in any meaningful way from previous entries in the Lego series as they all follow a set formula of level exploration, platforming in a 3D space which is sometimes aided by the abilities that certain characters have, and puzzle solving.
Character abilities include the ability to climb, dig, search, assemble and many other skills that are often related to a character’s role in the source material.
Similar to some of the more recent Lego games, Lego Jurassic World will make use of select audio clips from the four movies.
The roster of Jurassic World, like every other Lego game, is sure to be expansive, but at this time an official list of characters isn’t available. Thus far it is known that the following characters will be making an appearance:
- Alan Grant
- Sarah Harding
- Billy Brennan
- Owen Grady
Note: This wiki will be updated once we have more information about the game.
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