Jurassic World Evolution is already one of my favorite games of the year. Next month it’s getting a significant update in the 1.4 patch, which hits September 13. You can watch Frontier Developments’ Community Manager Ed Lewis and Executive Producer Rich Newbold introduce the new 1.4 features and fixes in the live streamed video above.
The biggest new feature coming in the update is a new Challenge Mode. This new mode will be completely separate from the game’s standard campaign mode. It takes place on Isla Nublar (setting for Jurassic Park and Jurassic World), but instead of the sandbox in the campaign you start with very little money and a difficulty level you choose at the beginning. There are also penalties for canceling contracts. New unlockable skins as well as achievements and trophies will be rewarded for completing this mode on different difficulties, including the top tier Jurassic difficulty.
The regular Isla Nublar sandbox was also given some love. Now you have more freedom to tweek dinosaur settings, such as eliminating dinosaur aging, toggle how much cash you want, and you can turn off power requirements and feeder resupplies. Enjoy an autonomous, notification-free park!
Other new features include new contracts, new immersive camera angles for viewing stations and monorails, and lighting options for each island. Once you reach five stars on an island, you can switch between default, dawn, dusk, and night.
One of the most requested fixes was the size of certain large carnivores. The patch will help make the T-Rex a bit smaller, while increasing the size of the Spinosaurus and Giganotosaurus.
Jurassic World Evolution is available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The 1.4 patch will update the game on September 13. It’s rated T for Teen.