Later this spring, Jurassic World Alive will debut, allowing players to interact with dinosaurs in the world around them.
"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 Chris Heatherly, Universal's executive VP of games, via Mashable.
Quite likePokemon Go, this game will require enabling the Global Positioning System of one's phone to enable one to roam about in one's locality or wherever one is travel so that one can interacting with dinosaurs. Also, unlike Pokémon GO, Alive will launch with PVP battles, which is something that Niantic has been accused of missing out from their game.
AR games mean big business at the moment, and even if Pokémon GO has hemorrhaged players, companies are still working on similar models for the likes of Harry Potter, The Walking Dead, and Ghostbusters. From there, they can level up and create hybrid dinosaurs in their labs.
The augmented reality experience will have players taking photos of dinosaurs as they roam around your local area.
According to a press release, Jurassic World Alive will have players take on a role in the Dinosaur Protection Group and be tasked with saving dinosaurs from yet another extinction by tracking them, collecting DNA samples, and breeding new hybrid species. The developer previously worked on 2012's Jurassic Park Builder and 2015's Jurassic World: The Game.
Users of the app will be able to explore their city or neighbourhood and find dinosaurs featured in the Jurassic World movie, as well as those from the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom film. With the Jurassic Park brand now 28 years old and showing no signs of slowing down, Jurassic World Alive is a particularly clever move on Universal's side.
However, there is one key difference between Jurassic World Alive and Pokemon Go. If you've seen the most recent Jurassic World movie then I'm sure you can extrapolate on why that's a bad idea. Universal and Ludia have set up jurassicworldalive.com with more info and the ability for fans to pre-register.