Published on June 3rd, 2016 | by David Marshall0
Episode 65: Saurian
“Saurian is a video game focused on providing the most captivating prehistoric experience ever developed for commercial gaming: living like a true dinosaur in a dynamic open world through intense, survival based gameplay. Players will have the opportunity to take control of several different species of dinosaur in their natural environment. You will attempt to survive from hatchling to adult, managing physical needs, while avoiding predators and environmental hazards in a dynamic landscape reflecting cutting-edge knowledge of the Hell Creek ecosystem 66 million years ago.”
Can video games be educational? If they portray ancient life accurately, could they even be considered palaeoart? We put such questions and more to Saurian project lead, Nick Turinetti.
Please visit the Saurian website for more details about the game and contribute to the Saurian project via their Kickstarter campaign.
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The models are created in much the same way as conventional palaeoart, drawing on scientific literature to draw their models as accurately as possible.
The Saurian team even consulted professional palaeontologists to verify not just their appearance, but also how they moved.