Jurassic World Alive, the upcoming AR game from Universal Studios and Ludia, has a release window. It should be coming out some time this spring. In the game, you’ll be playing as a member of the Dinosaur Protection Group, trying to conserve dinosaurs from extinction. Really, it’s Pokemon GO with dinosaurs.
Hey, remember Pokemon GO? Remember how, for one summer, absolutely everybody played it, and it made (and continues to make) boatloads of money? Well, several companies now seem intent to recreate the magic with their own IPs. Warner Brothers is working on a Harry Potter version of an AR game, and Universal Studios and Ludia have recently revealed Jurassic World Alive. It’s exactly what you think it is, judging by the trailer, which you can check out below. For all intents and purposes, it’s exactly like Pokemon GO, just with dinosaurs.
Basically, you’ll be playing as a part of the Dinosaur Protection Group on a quest to save dinosaurs from extinction, according to the press release (via Game Rant). You’ll have to collect DNA samples, track the dinosaurs, and “breed new hybrid species.” Because, you know, that went over so well in the movies. And, yes, you’ll probably also have to capture and potentially even battle dinosaurs. The game’s trailer doesn’t specify an exact launch date, but it does give us a broad release window: “This Spring”. Considering that we’re already in spring, this could mean anything from tomorrow to a month from now.
While I do respect WB and Universal for trying to bring their beloved franchises to AR games (and make oodles of money), I’m not really sure this will work that well. It seems increasingly obvious that Pokemon GO might have been just lightning in a bottle. Then again, I’ve been wrong about these things before.