Jurassic World Alive is Pokémon Go With Dinosaurs

first_imgOne of Jurassic Park: The Lost World‘s most famous (or infamous) scenes involved an angry T-Rex rampaging across the streets of San Francisco. Thanks to a collaboration between Universal and Ludia, players will soon experience what it’s like to see dinosaurs in real life (minus the destruction) with the AR game, Jurassic Park Alive.Set to launch this Spring on iOS and Android, Jurassic Park Alive lets players find dinosaurs through the power of augmented reality. If walking around town looking for digital creatures sounds familiar, that’s because it is. Gameplay-wise, Jurassic Park Alive is very similar to Pokémon Go. Dinosaurs appear in different parts of the map (i.e. your immediate surroundings) and some of the rarer beasts only pop up in specific locations. However, there is a key difference that should prove useful for players who don’t want to leave their homes.Users can send drones to collect DNA from nearby dinosaurs. This DNA can then be used to unlock the animal it belongs to. You can even combine the DNA of different dinosaurs to create hybrids. While having the ability to sit on your couch and collect dinosaurs is nice, you won’t be able to take selfies with dinosaurs unless you go outside to hunt. Can you really say no to dino-selfies?“There’s definitely that element of discovery, but we wanted to make it a little more flexible and also give you something to do at home,” says Universal’s executive vice president of games, Chris Heatherly (via Mashable). Of the hybrids, Ludia CEO Alex Thabet says: “There’s a major focus in this game on the hybrids and super hybrids to create this almost infinite matrix of possibilities.”Another big difference between Jurassic Park Alive and Pokémon Go is the ability to battle other players. We’re not exactly sure how this feature will work, but it should be fun to set your dinosaurs against someone else’s. Especially those hybrids.The game will regularly receive updates with additional dinosaurs for players to unlock. Even at launch, players can unlock over 100 dinosaurs. New dinosaurs will include animals from the movies along with the aforementioned special hybrid and super hybrid types that have special abilities.“We really see this game as the future of the Jurassic World franchise on mobile,” says Heatherly. “This is really the first time that we have allowed you to take the dinosaurs off the island and out of our storytelling world, and into your real world.”Even for AR skeptics like myself, this sounds like a pretty sweet game. The fact the digital dinosaurs are the size of their real-life counterparts makes this sound very appealing. Since this is based on a famous franchise, I expect a great deal of folks posting pictures of themselves hanging out with dinosaurs. This is about as close as we’re going to get to Dinotopia, so I’m all for it.last_img

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