The Epic Game Store’s final holiday freebie is Frontier Developments’ Jurassic World Evolution. This is a simulation title that allows Jurassic Park fans to live out their dreams of building their own park and solving all of the problems that might come with it, such as keeping dinosaurs well fed and enclosed properly so they don’t end up eating guests. Unlike Epic’s previous, single-day holiday giveaways, this title will be available for no cost until January 7.
“Take charge of operations on the legendary islands of the Muertes archipelago and bring the wonder, majesty and danger of dinosaurs to life,” the game’s official description reads. “Build for Science, Entertainment or Security interests in an uncertain world where life always finds a way.”
“Bioengineer dinosaurs that think, feel and react intelligently to the world around them. Play with life itself to give your dinosaurs unique behaviors, traits and appearances, then contain and profit from them to fund your global search for lost dinosaur DNA.”
Jurassic World Evolution can be expanded with various add-ons that range from new dinosaurs to story challenges, but the Return to Jurassic Park DLC appears to be a must-have. As its name implies, players can revisit the events of the movie that started it all with a trip back to the location of John Hammond’s original park, Isla Nublar.
The Return to Jurassic Park add-on includes iconic locations such as the Main Gates and Jurassic Tour, as well as two new dinosaurs: the tiny Compsognathus (which were actually introduced in the opening scene of the sequel, The Lost World) and flying Pteranodon. The DLC even includes voice work from original cast members Jeff Goldblum (Ian Malcolm), Sam Neill (Alan Grant), and Laura Dern (Ellie Sattler).