Jurassic World Evolution Update Adds New Challenge Mode, Sandbox Options & More

Posted September 13, 2018 by Richard Lee Breslin in Gameplay, Gaming News, PC, PS4, Trailers, Update, Xbox One

Update 1.4 is now live for Jurassic World Evolution, well at least for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.  The update will bring the much anticipated new Challenge Mode, which will be separate from the main story mode.  In Challenge mode, you start off with even less resources, and they’ll be additional fees for using the Hammond Foundation and contract cancellation fees, so you’ll have to be extra strict with your budget.  They’ll also be new skins, as well as new trophies/achievements attached to the Challenge Mode to earn and more.

They’ll even be more Sandbox options such as dinosaur lifespan, cash available, added difficulties and a power toggles to adjust your power stations and so forth.  You are even able to adjust the time of day for each of the islands, choosing between dawn, dusk and night or you can keep each island at their default setting if you wish.  Additionally, they’ll also be new contracts to take on, new in-game cameras, Korean and Italian language support, and more.

You can check out the overview trailer for update 1.4, as well as added details via the press release below.  If you’re yet to pick up Jurassic World Evolution, find out why it’s worth your consideration by reading our review here.



A new feature greatly requested within the community is Challenge Mode (separate from Story Mode). You’ll find yourself with very little starting money as you progress through Isla Nublar, with difficulty levels that you can adjust before you start (easy, medium, hard and Jurassic). We’re also adding some new mechanics like Hammond Foundation fees, contract cancellation penalties, and personal best completion times. You can unlock new skins (and achievements/trophies!) when you complete Challenge Mode for the first time and also when you beat the ultimate challenge, Jurassic difficulty! Good luck!


Isla Nublar is our dedicated sandbox island, and we’re adding more options so you can play the way you want to; you can toggle these settings in the Options Menu at any time. A few exciting additions are the lifespan toggle (dinosaurs no longer die of old age), cash level toggle (decide how much cash is available to you), various difficulty settings (dinosaur variety, rating, guest count, and economics), feeder resupply toggle (no more pesky ranger jobs!), and power toggle (no power stations or power requirements needed, as well as no power outages).


Once you have achieved 5 stars on each island in Career Mode, you’ll unlock different lighting options: default, dawn, dusk, and night. You can now revisit your islands and choose which setting you want to play in, which should give you some nice new challenges and more opportunities for gorgeous photographs.


We’re adding some more variety of contracts for all Divisions, which will have you working to improve guest coverage, increase dinosaur visibility and rating, and achieve higher levels of profit for your island. Make sure you’re up to the task before accepting them!


We’re adding new camera features to the viewing gallery and viewing platform so you can watch your enclosures from your guests’ perspectives, as well as a first-person camera to the monorail train – positioned at a height above the train that will go over stations.


We’re happy to be bringing both Korean and Italian Voice Overs and subtitles to the game, so players from those regions can enjoy the game with their native language. Welcome to the community!


We’ve listened to your feedback regarding some of the carnivores’ sizes in the game, and are making the following changes to bring them more in line with the Jurassic franchise:

  • Scale down the Ceratosaurus from 9.6m (current) to 9m
  • Scale down the Tyrannosaurus Rex from 14m (current) to 13.5m
  • Scale up the Spinosaurus from 13.7m (current) to 15m (making her taller but less bulky than the T-Rex)
  • Scale up the Giganotosaurus from 12m (current) to 13.5m


Other than what’s above, we’re also adding several new things based on your feedback such as a camera zoom toggle, the option to cancel a research project or incubation, the option to revert all the genes to default, new dinosaur bio information in the Genome Library (health and comfort requirements), shortcuts to research items from the Upgrade and Build menus, and more general fixes and tweaks to the game. We will post the full list of fixes on September 13 with the 1.4 Release Notes for you to go through at your leisure.


Richard Lee Breslin
Richard Lee Breslin

Gamimg has been my life for 30+ years and will always be my passion. I have a BDes Hons Games Development and Digital Media, and I hope to one day turn my passion for gaming and writing into a living. My favourite gaming series are Resi Evil, Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, Assassin's Creed, Uncharted and The Last of Us. I collect gaming merchandise, comics and movies. I love football (namely Aston Villa) and WWE. I can also often be found wondering the outskirts of Raccoon City. Follow me on Twitter @Solidus5nake

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