Footage of a ‘Jurassic Park’ mod of the ‘Half Life 2’ engine has been released online, and it’s been causing waves already in the brief time since it’s been premiered earlier on January 3.
This year—2013—celebrates the 20th anniversary of the original ‘Jurassic Park’, with a 3D version of the film being released on April 5. In another form of celebration, some dedicated fans have taken the concept and remade it in video game form—or that’s what one can gather from the brief trailer released showing off the mod.
Dubbed ‘Jurassic Life,’ IGN discusses the mod as thus: ‘They've been coding for some time now – over six years, in fact – but it's a labour of love produced by a small team. Updates on the project's status have been infrequent, but the latest is definitely the most exciting yet.’
The trailer shows off graphics akin to ‘Half Life 2’—which is to be expected, since it uses the same graphics engine and probably runs off the same software as the sandbox-style ‘GMod’ program does. Combat is shown off towards the end of the trailer, proving that all the programming has gone to good use. While some interactions seem strange (dinosaurs not going through realistic animations with each other, textures disappearing into each other), it’s still impressive.
‘New artificial intelligence, new enemies, new weapons, and thousands of new animations, models and textures,’ the trailer touts towards its finale. And to think that this game will also be offered for free once it's completed makes even more anticipation.