For those familiar with the original Turok, released for the N64, you will be forgiven for mistaking the upcoming new Turok game as one from another franchise entirely.
Scheduled to be released on Steam on July 25, Turok: Escape From Lost Valley is an incredibly cute isometric action game where instead of a big burly man fighting and gunning down terrifying looking monsters, you get adorable little chibi sprites that you just want to cuddle and tuck into bed. The new Turok title still retains the “humans vs. dinosaurs: concept from the original game, except everything is presented in a way wildly different from the previous few iterations of the game.
The game was initially developed for the 2018 Universal Gamedev Challenge, where developers were challenged to use Unity’s engine to create projects based on properties owned by Universal. Developer Pillow Pig Games then submitted their entry, Escape From Lost Valley, a chibi-fied take on the Turok franchise.
The game was such a hit, despite not winning the competition, that Universal Studios Interactive Entertainment agreed to acquire and distribute it.
Interestingly enough, while the earlier games in the franchise were based on the 1998 Acclaim Comic series, Escape From Lost Valley takes reference from the character’s 1954 comics. In the comic, Turok and his brother, Andar are pre-Columbian Native American youths who find themselves trapped in a mysterious valley teeming with prehistoric life.
Turok: Escape From Lost Valley is set to hit Steam on July 25.