Designer Joe Pinney of Telltale Games gave us an exclusive look at the latest game involving the Jurassic Park Universe. Jurassic Park: The Game takes place following the loss of the Barbasol can containing the dinosaur embryos Dennis Nedry was attempting to smuggle off the island during the original movie. While the main characters of the movie are trying to get off of the island, there's a group who are trying to sneak onto it to try and retrieve the lost can.
Mr. Pinney stressed the focus will be in resurecting the feeling of wonderment and tension we all experienced during the first Jurassic Park movie. With every aspect of the story being cleared through Universal Pictures, Joe assured us the game won't interfere with the Jurassic Park canon and will instead add to the lore. More importantly the team hopes to address some of the unanswered questions found in the first movie.
Telltale assures us we won't find a typical adventure game with this title. Rather than build another shooter, the developers wanted to focus on the suspense, story, and puzzles -- just don't expect to find puzzles filling the game just to waste time. Instead, the puzzles will focus on you utilizing the environment to complete the task at hand, so you should expect real world problems requiring real world solutions.
Jurassic Park: The Game will also feature what is being dubbed "picture in picture" in order to navigate between scenes. When brought up, you will be able to quickly jump to a previous scene to explore further. Speaking of exploration, each scene will focus on investigating various points to unearth clues surrounding the mysteries of the new characters as well as an exciting new dinosaur enemy -- not to mention other dinosaur favorites from the series.
Look for the five episodes to start appearing on the PSN, PC, and Mac later this year while the Xbox 360 will be treated to a retail release. As for whether or not the PS3 will see a retail release, there isn't a final determination on it yet, but it most likely won't be happening. Telltale promises the episodes will be released consecutively in a timely manner so there won't be too much lag in the action.