I think in the wake of Telltale Gamesí Back to the Future announcement some people had forgotten that the company was also working on a Jurassic Park game. Announced last year before E3 kicked off, Telltale Games and Universal Pictures didnít say much of the new Jurassic Park game other than one was in the works. But now with Telltale working on the BTTF games, which should be over by May or June at the latest, some details have finally crept in on the Jurassic Park game thatís currently in development.
Revealed in the latest of Game Informer, the first tidbits we have on Telltaleís Jurassic Park game are encouraging but there are a few things that are somewhat disappointing. With there being three Jurassic Park films, two books that are somewhat vastly different from the films that were made and the prospect of really cool spin-off opportunities, some had wondered when the new JP game would take place. Well keeping in tune with everyoneís favorite installment of the Jurassic Park series, the JP game will be set directly after the events of the first Jurassic Park film. Sadly, none of the characters from the film such as Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) or Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) will make an appearance in the game and it wasnít confirmed if we could expect to see John Hammond, the man behind Jurassic Park, to pop up as well. The character that players assume the role of in the game is a Jurassic Park employee who I assume finds themselves wanting to get off the island as fast as possible so they donít become dinosaur chow.
The gameplay in Jurassic Park wonít exactly be in tune with Telltale other projects such as Back to the Future as the game will indeed be reminiscent of Heavy Rain i.e. the action scenes heavily involve Quick Time Events. The game will make players think a bit as there will be puzzles but other gameplay mechanics werenít divulged so itís unknown if players will be able to roam around the abandoned and dinosaur infested InGen facilities and explore things or if theyíll be put on a very linear path filled with QTE scenarios.
Unlike the Back to the Future games, Telltale apparently isnít taking a stylistic approach to Jurassic Park as the game utilizes a realistic art style. Early reports peg the game as not being a complete visual masterpiece, but apparently the look of the game is adequate given the size of the game and Telltaleís development team. As long as the dinosaurs look convincing and are roughly on the same quality as Jurassic: The Hunted Iíll be a happy camper.
Just like Telltaleís Back to the Future games, the Jurassic Park project will be split across five episodes with the first set for release this Spring. Aside from the obvious release on the PC and Mac, it wasnít stated which consoles it would be released on but if BTTF is any indication a PSN release should be a lock while Xbox 360 owners may be left crying once more.
Itís nice that we finally have some details on Telltaleís Jurassic Park game, but I just hope that the gameplay is compelling and merely wonít consist of a series of rooms strung together with one or two puzzles and four QTEs. Iím also a bit worried about the QTEs as well as they could either prove to be amazing or fall completely flat if not implemented properly along with making replay sessions a bit boring. Itís a bummer that we wonít see any of the main movie cast pop up, but maybe Telltale will throw gamers a bone and insert a character cameo for the finale episode of the game. Even if Jurassic Park doesnít turn out to be a masterpiece, Iím just happy the franchise is getting another shot in the video game arena and weíre finally getting another game featuring dinosaurs.