Where are all the dinosaur games? Sure, there's stuff like Jurassic World Evolution, but we're talking action adventures and survival horrors. The likes of Turok and Dino Crisis have disappeared from the gaming landscape. While fans of the latter are pining for a revival, New Zealand-based developer Hashbane is hoping to fill the gap with an all-new dino-blasting experience.
Called Instinction, the studio itself is asking the question of whether this is a spiritual successor to Capcom's Dino Crisis. The above video merely offers a brief flavour of what to expect from this new title, with just a few seconds of in-game footage. Exploring the developer's official site unearths a few more details.
Instinction will be playable in first or third person, and will see you fending off the prehistoric beasts while exploring a "semi-open world", completing objectives, and solving puzzles. The campaign will be playable in single player or co-op. There's set to be a wide variety of offensive options "from melee weapons to rocket launchers", all of which will be fully customisable. The site also mentions support for adaptive triggers and haptic feedback, presumably referring to PlayStation 5's DualSense controller.
While the game is planned for PS4 as well as PS5, the focus appears to be on the latter, with mention of ray-tracing and other advanced graphical techniques, as well as support for up to 8K resolution and 120 frames-per-second. That's probably for the PC crowd, but it's early days.
Indeed, the game has a while to go before it's done. It's pencilled in for release in the third quarter of 2022, so it's more than a year away at this stage. Hopefully we learn more soon; it has potential, but we'll need to see much more before we get too excited.
Are you looking forward to Instinction? Might it live up to Dino Crisis, or would you prefer Capcom to bare its teeth? Watch for ripples in the water in the comments section below.