First merchandise art from Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom erupts online!

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom may have been a no-show at San Diego Comic Con, but it did not take long for a merchandise sneak peek to make its way online. The Escolar Office Brasil, a trade show for office and school supplies, was recently held at the Expo Center Norte in São Paulo Brazil. The show took place July 23-26th, and had products from many popular properties, including Minions and Star Wars.

Thanks to Instagram user Dinosaursclan, we know Fallen Kingdom also made an appearance, and have a look at some of the 2018 Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom promotional art that will be featured on merchandise!

The notebooks pictured are being produced by Foroni, a popular licensed school supply manufacturer, and a previously established license partner for Jurassic World. In the image shared above, two different notebooks are pictured, featuring key art from the 2018 style guide. Fallen Kingdom has numerous themes, and that volcanic image to the right is one of many in the same style that will grace products next year.

As it stands, most of the early Fallen Kingdom merchandise will reuse Jurassic World assets (especially for dinosaurs), only in new environments, and painted to new styles (the most striking of which are volcanic). However, overall, the look and feel is more exciting and gritty than the merchandise made for Jurassic World, sharing a resemblance with The Lost World’s product base.

The art pictured is perhaps the most outwardly volcanic art we have seen from the upcoming Jurassic Park sequel, and leaves little ambiguity about that plot element (which was recently confirmed by Frank Marshall).

The other themes on display for the early Fallen Kingdom merchandise are certainly exciting, and at least one features a familiar vehicle returning in a new and exciting way – with any luck, more will be officially revealed in near future! That said, they are mostly conservative when it comes to showing off new elements, particularly dinosaurs, and it’s likely only later waves will be more revealing with new assets.

Are you excited to see more merchandise from Fallen Kingdom, and what type of imagery would you like to see utilized? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned for the latest news!

Source: Instagram

Amazing new Jurassic World concept art recaptures the magic of Jurassic Park

Jurassic World released in 2015, but new concept art continues to surface, providing beautiful looks behind the scenes of design. The latest batch of images come from concept artist John Bell, who has long time been associated with the franchise, starting with the first Jurassic Park! He’s the artist of many iconic designs you know and love, and contributed to the Ford Explorer, Jeep Wrangler, and much more!

As expected, his Jurassic World designs are nothing short of stunning, and provide a tantalizing look at the early, alternate story and art. First, let’s start with his park map:

While the park layout varies from that seen in the final film, with main facilities near the coast rather than an inland lagoon, it altogether looks familiar. It even includes the now much important volcano! However, the real standouts in the image are scene descriptions, many of which were not in the final version of Jurassic World. These scenes include “Red & Raptors attack Stegosaur herd”, “Pteranodon Monorail attack”, and featured different characters by the names of ‘Nick’ and ‘Tim’.

Further, it includes alternative attractions, such as a public Raptor show, a rollercoaster, a Pachycephalosaurus show, and a Brachiosaurus restaurant. Finally, rather than featuring a Mosasaurus as seen in the film, it featured a Plesiosaurus.

The rest of the art is perhaps less revealing, but no less striking, filled with beautiful colors, detail, and imagination:

Personally, I find these designs immediately more appealing than what was put on display in the final film, capturing the magic of Jurassic Park in a way we just didn’t see. The final movie featured a park that could have been anywhere in the world, and more often than not, didn’t create its own unique visual identity. I’m bummed we didn’t get any of what was on display here, as it really has a wonderful Disney World goes Jurassic Park look that I never knew I wanted until now.

John Bell – Jurassic Park (1993) art

I’m in love with this artwork, and hope future movies find a way to capture the look and feel on display here. If you’re a fan of this art, be sure to check out our interview with John Bell, which has many pictures of his other work on the franchise!

Sound off in the comments below, and let us know what you think of the artwork! Special thanks to Derrick Davis for sharing.

Source: Facebook

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom to feature a Volcanic threat!

Hold on to your butts – months of speculation has just been confirmed by Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom producer Frank Marshall. Frank casually took to Twitter today, corroborating the rampant fan theories that the upcoming sequel will feature some eruptive action. In a rather fun, laid back way, he humored the fact that two projects he was working on featured the magma ridden mountains:

We first began to speculate about a volcanic threat when one of our team members caught an image of a volcano on JurassicWorld.com, although the image was quickly removed. Coupled with domain purchases such as IslaNublarRescueMission.com, and Colin Trevorrow saying that the upcoming sequel would focus around mankind’s responsibilities to their creations the plot clicked into place: Fallen Kingdom will revolve around Isla Nublar in peril, with a mission launched to evacuate as many dinosaurs off the island as possible.

Early Jurassic World concept art

As we previously speculated, if the dinosaurs are in peril there may be some heavy resistance from the public regarding a conservation mission:

It stands to reason that after the Jurassic World incident, not only has the park closed, but the fate of the island may be in question. We have no doubt that that world will be a little less fond of having an island full of escaped, breeding dinosaurs – the threat of them becoming free in less isolated ecosystems is nothing short of hazardous. Invasive species of the non extinct variety already threaten the delicate balance of the food-chain in the real world: letting these creatures loose could have longstanding effects, creating the very chaotic butterfly effect Ian Malcolm predicted in 1993. So, again, after the Jurassic World incident it would not surprise us if the governments of the world are humoring their destruction for the ‘greater good’.

Thus sparks the debate: would a mass euthanization be ethical? Do these extinct animals have rights, or are they simply dangerous corporate property? As this debate likely rages on (and for good reason, we’d be pro-dinosaur, but it’s foolish not to consider the danger they present to the natural ecosystem) certain more empathetic parties will wish to take action, to protect the animals. Those who had a hand in their creation (such as Claire Dearing) have all the more motivation to get their hands dirty in protecting them – and of course Owen Grady would have more reasons than most to protect their livelihood, due to his relationship with Blue the Velociraptor.

This resistance seems to come in play via another tweet from Frank Marshall, which showcases a grassroots “We Can Save Them” fundraising operation. If the world was happy to help, surely they wouldn’t be starved for cash to save the dinosaurs? Just what has happened to Masrani Global and InGen post the Jurassic World disaster? Our bets are those companies are all but extinct, and are in no position to officially intervene once the threat of an active volcano comes into play.

While the concept of a volcano on Isla Nublar may seem to come out of left field, the idea has been around for some time. The movies never touched on it, but the novels made mention of active geothermal plains on the island with volcanic caused steam vents, which is where the escaped wild raptors made their nests. InGen utilized geothermal power to run Isla Sorna, and the Telltale Jurassic Park game said the same was done on Isla Nublar. The films never actively acknowledged the volcano, but it can be seen on several park maps, and was confirmed to be called Mount Sibo on MasraniGlobal.com.

Why the volcano has become a serious threat after so much time remains unknown – it stands to reason John Hammond wouldn’t have built Jurassic Park on Isla Nublar if he thought it was a serious threat. Perhaps InGen did utilize geothermal power, which destabilized the natural volcanic ecosystem, and after Jurassic World closed, the system collapsed, leading to a surge of activity? I do hope the film answers these questions, because as much as I love the concept, it is strange this is the first we’re hearing of it.

There are a lot of questions that now come into play: how does Dr. Wu fit into the picture? How does the rumored “Indoraptor” come into play? And just what is Benjamin Lockwood’s role in all this? Odds are those questions won’t be answered until the film erupts into theaters, and I cannot wait until that happens.

As always, stay tuned for the latest news, and sound off in the comments below!

New official picture teases Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom dinosaur – could it be the recently trademarked “Indoraptor”?

Yesterday, Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom wrapped principal photography, finishing filming in Hawaii. While the number of days filmed has yet to be officially confirmed, we believe it to be 91 (versus the 78 spent on Jurassic World). To commemorate this exciting milestone that the fifth Jurassic Park film just crossed, writer and producer Colin Trevorrow tweeted a mysterious new image:

Pictured is director JA Bayona between the open jaws of a ferocious looking dino, seemingly inside of a cage. The first thing I did upon seeing that image was to download it, and brighten it, revealing more visual information than what was immediately discernible. I was hoping to be able to tell if it was an animatronic or something else, but there just isn’t enough shown to say either way.

What can be seen is the mystery dinosaur has Crocodilian like teeth, growing straight out of the skin — very much like the I.rex. Further, the skin texture seems to be similar to that of the hybrid seen in Jurassic World, though its color appears to be a deep black color, as opposed to the white of the Indominus Rex. Further, while at first glance the gaping maw appears to be that of a large dinosaur, it’s simply a matter of perspective – realistically, it’s probably slightly larger than a Jurassic Park Velociraptor.

So, could this be a new hybrid?

Signs point to yes! It’s always possible that we’re simply looking at a creepy museum statue, like the one image Frank Marshall tweeted, but the Indominus Rex similarities seem too many to be a coincidence. While I’m not particularly thrilled with another new hybrid, I do think there is a lot of potential with the concept of a smaller, more Raptor like Indominus (though I would have preferred to just see a new Velociraptor variation with camouflage abilities).

Indominus Rex maquette – Jurassic World

Time will tell if the image shared by Colin Trevorrow is a new hybrid – but given the story in previous film, it’s a fair bet Fallen Kingdom will have hybrids in some degree, and recent evidence all but confirms it will be called the “Indoraptor”.

A few days ago, producer Frank Marshall made a tweet to commemorate three years since filming the Indominus escape in Hawaii – however, on his first attempt, he called it the “Indoraptor”, which was later deleted. This certainly caught our and other fans attention – the name seems perfectly applicable to what Hoskins alluded to at the end of Jurassic World.

“Imagine. That one, a fraction of the size – deadly, intelligent, able to hide from the most advanced military technology. A living weapon unlike anything we’ve ever seen.” – Hoskins

Some waved off the tweet as a genuine typo, and while I considered the option, it admittedly that was not the first time I heard that name. When we were given our Mattel scoop, we were told one of the toys was referred to as the Indoraptor, though we have heard no descriptive details, nor were told if it was a hybrid or something else. We choose to sit on that info, as it was too speculative and leaky, especially considering Universal has made no acknowledgement of the name publicly – however, that just changed.

As pointed out by Jurassiraptor on Twitter, Amblin Entertainment just took out four trademarks on “Indoraptor” for toys, books, clothes, and video content. There is no doubt this name is to be used for the Jurassic World franchise, and odds are it’s a hybrid seen in Fallen Kingdom, though there is always a chance it’s simply a merchandise thing like ‘Dino Hybrid’. However, given Frank Marshall’s tweet, that seems incredibly unlikely.

We may have to wait until Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom releases in theaters to learn more about what the Indoraptor is, or what it looks like, but the concept does sound quite cool – and scary. Even that small tease tweeted by Colin Trevorrow, should it be the Indoraptor, looks like the stuff of nightmares. I’m very curious to see what the final design will look like, and if it will have traits like the camouflage of the Indominus Rex. Until then, I’m sure there will be plenty of speculative fan art, like that below!

Ultimately, we’re left with more questions than answers at this point, and that’s the way I like it.

Let us know what you want to see from the Indoraptor, and if you think that’s what is pictured in Colin Trevorrows tweet, and if you make any speculative art, be sure to share it with us! As always, stay tuned, as more news is surely around the corner.

Source: Twitter, Trademarkia

Updated: First look at Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard & Justice Smith in costume from Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom! (Spoilers)

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom may only have a few days left to film, but we just now have our first look at Chris Pratt as Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing in the highly anticipated sequel! The following pictures come from The Daily Mail, and were photographed during filming at the Hālona Blowhole in Hawaii.

The pictures are fairly exciting, though we must warn you – they may showcase scene spoilers, so turn back now if you’d like to remain spoiler free.

The scene in question showcases Owen and Claire struggling to emerge from the water on what appears to be a remote, Isla Nublar beach. They’re both donning their full adventure gear, with Chris Pratt sporting a similar outfit to Jurassic World with a Henley and leather vest. Bryce Dallas Howard see’s the biggest wardrobe switch-up, wearing tall outdoor boots, green khakis, a olive tank, and what appears to be a form of a green combat jacket – talk about a far cry from her white wardrobe in the last film!

Take a look below:

  

Be sure to hit Daily Mail’s website for more more images, and a quick video of the two in action!

A few days past, while eager fans waited near another Hawaii set in hopes of meeting Chris Pratt and the other stars, Pratt quickly came out to greet everyone, and posed for a few photos! Instagram user Marypou17 was one of the lucky few, and she’s shared another full look at his outfit gear, only not soaked from the ocean:

Owen is looking fairly familiar, and while we wait for better pictures of Claire in her outfit, I think one thing is clear: she looks entirely baddass, and is going to make one hell of a toy. Step aside, Owen Grady (hello Sarah Harding 2.0).

Update: Thanks to our friends at The Bryce Dallas Howard Network, we have fantastic, high quality images of Claire in her outfit! Also pictured are some new shots of Chris Pratt, and most excitingly, Justice Smith in costume as his character Franklin! Be sure to check out all 54 images at brycedallashoward.co

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom is the fifth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, and is expected to wrap principal photography any day now! Stay tuned, as more news is surely around the corner.

Source: Daily Mail

Ian Malcolm Dialog Borrowed From Novel in Jurassic World 2 – But Jeff Goldblum Added More!

The news just isn’t stopping as Jurassic World 2 writer and producer Colin Trevorrow continues to do press rounds for his new film, The Book of Henry. Honestly, there has been so much news hitting from different outlets over the past few days, I wasn’t sure what to write an article about, or what the highlight of the article should be – but when more news regarding Dr. Ian Malcolm hit, I knew I had my lede.

While speaking to MTV on their Happy Sad Confused Podcast, Colin Trevorrow wasn’t shy about sharing new details (thanks to Screenrant for the initial reporting!)

“You know, I did rely on [Michael] Crichton for a lot. I used a lot of Crichton dialogue. Maybe one of my highlights of this whole process is Goldblum. Jeff Goldblum called me – and I’m not going to do an impression – but he was like, ‘Look, I’ve added a couple of things, and I thought I’d perform it for you.’ [Laughs] Oh, great, okay. So, we sat on the phone for an hour as he ran these lines, and I talked about it. And, I mean, that’s – it was almost better than being there on set. It was great.”

Colin previously hinted at this much – during our past podcast interview with him, he told us that dialog from the first novel made it into JW2. In fact, he jubiliantly shared that he enjoyed borrowing Michael Crichton’s dialog, saying “It makes me feel like such a good writer (…) Look at me, that’s a hell of a sentence!”

Speaking with MTV, Colin also teased again that the film will be more suspenseful and character driven:

“It’s just deeper, more character-based, and it definitely leans into suspense, especially in the second half. It does have the big action in the middle. There’s a sequence in the middle that I’ve been watching – I mean, I watch dailies every day – but I’ve started to see stuff come together, and it’s just insane.”

Stepping away from the excellent MTV Podcast (which is worth a full listen!), Colin Trevorrow also spoke to ET Online to continue sharing tantalizing details from the new film:

“I was the on-set writer for the movie, so I was there every day making sure that J.A. [Bayona] had everything that he needed. It was just such a rich, positive collaboration and by far my favorite [production] experience in my life so far. J.A. and I are pretty deeply connected when it comes to this franchise and what it needs and the kind of risks that we want to take. We’re definitely making a bold, new movie. It’s not going to be the same old thing you’ve seen before. I love that partnership, and I can’t wait for people to see what we’ve done.”

That quote there adds even further context to the recent discovery the (normal) script rewrites, as he continued to work with JA Bayona on set to better the stories finer details on an as-needed-basis. The collaborative nature of the project should really let JA Bayonas voice shine on the upcoming Jurassic Park sequel, which Colin has previously described as “a Spanish horror film with dinosaurs in it.”

The news drops for the upcoming Jurassic sequel certainly sounds good, and there is no doubt that Colin Trevorrow is an expert with talking about films in an exciting way without giving a single thing away. While I do prefer to know as little as possible when it comes to film specifics, I am itching for some new official images, a title, logo, or even a basic premise for the plot – but until then, I’m sure other interviews will keep us occupied!

Stay tuned – more news is surely inbound, and with any luck, something more exciting will drop June 22nd. Until then, sound off in the comments below!

Source: Screenrant, MTV, ET Online

It Appears the Entire Ending of Jurassic World 2 Has Been Rewritten – but It’s Not a Bad Thing!

Rewrites – an incredibly common and healthy thing in film, yet it often triggers a panic response from fans on the internet. Ok, sure, when you hear stories of a troubled production coupled with script doctors and reshoots, the response is fair, but normally it is indicative of the continued fine tuning of a film. Considering we have heard no such horror stories regarding Jurassic World 2, I am not worried about the implications of the article that follows.

So, why write the article, or preface it like above before jumping to the subject? I think the concept of rewrites is a valid, fun discussion point about the upcoming Jurassic Park sequel, but I want to make it clear this article isn’t kneejerk reaction to the topic at hand. I know others will have that reaction – especially from those who read the title and nothing else (ever read the comments on our articles and Facebook? It’s way too common). No, I simply want to enjoy this peek behind the curtain of the filmmaking process, make record of it, and ponder things we can never really know.

Full credit goes to TheJHNFiles.com for first pointing this out!

Earlier today, Twitter account The Awkward Yeti posted a picture provided by Bryce Dallas Howard, where she posed with a plush brain and her copy of the Jurassic World 2 script. At first glance, there’s nothing to be gleaned from the image, which was just shared in good fun – the page visible is either entirely blank, or has been photoshopped clean. I didn’t think much of it, other than ‘oh cool, I would kill to have a copy of that script book’ – but then John pointed out the meaning of yellow pages within, sourcing the following quote from Jurassic World cinematographer John Schwartzman

“Every time a scene gets rewritten… you get what’s called a Coloured Page… your first rewrite are yellow pages. Then there are blue pages… pink pages. Jurassic World is one colour… it is white… we shot Colin’s script and we didn’t change a thing…”

The quote is from a interview from our friends at JurassicCast – and while it refers to Jurassic World, and not the upcoming sequel, it is key to deciphering the image posted above. As you can see, most pages within the script are white, however there are roughly 3 distinct yellow portions – most noticeably what appears to be the entire final 1/5th of the booklet.

So yes, it appears that some time after the ‘final draft’ of the script was turned in, a very large portion was rewritten – including the entire ending. Now, judging from the John Schwartzman quote above, it looks like these changes were all made at once – the script is decidedly yellow and white, which seems to indicate a decisive unified update to the story coming in all at once, rather than constant changes over a longer period of time.

This isn’t entirely surprising – Colin Trevorrow (via Comingsoon) recently stated that he was there for JA Bayona during the process of filming as a writer:

“‘Jurassic’ ended up taking up more time and attention than I expected just because I care about it so much, I surprised myself by how much I wanted to be there for J.A. [Bayona], just as a writer. I remember directing a ‘Jurassic Park’ movie and how much I would have loved to have a writer to think about the dailies and wonder what alterations we could make that would make it that much more effective. I was there with him every day to try and provide something for him that I didn’t have myself.”

While JA Bayona has been signed on since last year around this time, when the real grit of the writing process kicked off, his input towards the screenplay remains relatively unknown. What we do know is that Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly wrote the story with JA in mind, and aimed to make a scarier film closer to the sensibilities of Jurassic Park. Perhaps once JA Bayona and Colin Trevorrow sat down and discussed the final draft, the rewrites seen above were inspired, fine tuning the story into the best version it can be under JA Bayonas direction.

Odds are, we won’t know – not unless they discuss the changes and rewrites in interviews. What I would love to know personally, is if the ending changed in a way that effects the entire story – or if they simply tightened up the closing act, but stayed relatively true to the initial vision.

Filmmaking is a collaborative effort – the stories told and art created are guided by numerous talented individuals – and rewrites are a natural part of that process. We’ve heard nothing suggesting the studio has interferred with the story JA Bayona wants to tell, so it seems likely these were prompted to make the story the best it can be. Again, as the script isn’t a multicolored collage of pages, it seems fair to interpret the vision being a consistent effort.

As some will no doubt cite, the ending of The Lost World was rewritten fairly last minute – a sequence was planned with Pteranodons, Velociraptors, and motorcycles – but it was all cut and swapped in favor of the Tyrannosaurus on mainland. That decision, perhaps controversial, certainly led to some iconic imagery (though in that case, I do much prefer the original concepts).

What are some of your favorite stories of rewrites making a better film? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned for the latest news – Jurassic World 2 is on its final stretch, and now filming in Hawaii!

Source: TheJHNFiles, Twitter, Jurassicast, Comingsoon

Colin Trevorrow: Jurassic World 2 will be ‘richer, deeper, and better’; have more animatronics

As Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow continues to do press rounds for his new film, ‘The Book of Henry’ (which I have seen and quite enjoyed!) more questions regarding the upcoming Jurassic World sequel are being asked. Recently, Screenrant sat down with Trevorrow (who is a writer and producer on Jurassic World 2) and when they asked for the latest details, and Colin did not mince words when praising director J.A Bayona, and hyping the upcoming sequel.

“He is a different director but it’s interesting, we have so many similar instincts as far as suspense and family and fears of childhood and the perspective that we want to tell the story from that even though I wrote the film, it’s J.A.’s movie from start to finish. He’s just – the film looks beautiful and is exciting. We’re using more animatronics because I learned so much about how they can be utilized, so I built scenes that would allow us to use them – because they can’t run, these are the lessons. Belén Atienza has been great as well, and it’s just been something that we’ve all delved in and tried to make something deeper and richer and ideally better. I’m going to be the hype man for this movie, I think it’s going to be a better movie – sorry.”

More animatronics, and sticking true to the sensibilities of Jurassic Park with richer and deeper stories are the things longtime fans like ourselves want to hear, and despite some of my personal criticisms, I quite liked Jurassic World – so hearing he believes it will be better means great things to me. Colin went on to say that despite him writing the film, he constructed it to adhere to J.A Bayonas voice and vision:

“That was by far the most rewarding creative experience of my life, just making a movie for another director who I respect. And I built it for him, so it’s different than maybe even the movie I would have written for myself. [It’s] a Spanish horror/thriller with dinosaurs in it. And I loved doing it.”

Colin Trevorrow also talked to Comingsoon about JW2, discussing the challenges of working on Jurassic while also on Star Wars, and the rewarding nature of his involvement:

“That script had to be delivered for a February shoot, and we had to think of ‘Star Wars’ somewhat simultaneously… While we were in the early stages of story on ‘Star Wars,’ we shot ‘Jurassic’ at Pinewood. Now, we’re wrapping in about a month and everyone is going to Hawaii.‘Jurassic’ ended up taking up more time and attention than I expected just because I care about it so much, I surprised myself by how much I wanted to be there for J.A. [Bayona], just as a writer. I remember directing a ‘Jurassic Park’ movie and how much I would have loved to have a writer to think about the dailies and wonder what alterations we could make that would make it that much more effective. I was there with him every day to try and provide something for him that I didn’t have myself.”

Corroborating Colin’s comments about the wrap date, Bryce Dallas Howard took to Twitter today to announce that it was indeed the final day of shooting at Pinewood Studios, and all evidence points to Jurassic starting in Hawaii in just a few days.

Filming on Jurassic World 2 is expected to conclude around July 7th, where it will then move to post production. As the wrap date draws closer, fans have become more and more starved for official information. As it stands, there has only been one official still from the film, and there is yet to be a teaser poster, logo, or title announced. Will any of those hit before the end of this month, which marks the 1-year mark until the sequel releases?

While we wait for Jurassic World 2, I do suggest checking out Colin Trevorrow’s new film ‘The Book of Henry’. As I said earlier, I have seen it and genuinely enjoyed it – it’s a tough film to describe and sell, but it is loaded with real and likable characters all while beautifully dealing some heavy themes.

If that’s not enough to sell you, perhaps Colin Trevorrow asking readers of this site specifically to see the film might!

As always, stay tuned for the latest news, sound off in the comments below, and enjoy Jurassic June 2017!

Source: Screenrant, Comingsoon

New screenshot of early Jurassic World Survivor build – will it be at e3? #JurassicJune

Jurassic Park fans are in dire need of a good videogame – and they aren’t shy about making it known. While movie tie-in games are often times weak, games allowed to find their own voice within the franchise can be groundbreaking and a ton of fun. The Jurassic franchise has had its fair share of games in the past, though most were nothing to write home about, especially the more recent entries. Nowhere to be seen is anything like ‘Alien: Isolation’, ‘The Chronicles Of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay’, ‘Star Wars Battlefront’, ‘Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor’, ‘Knights of the Old Republic, or even ‘Jurassic Park Operation Genesis’.

JurassicWorldSurvivor2015Leak from Jurassic June on Vimeo.

This complete drought of new, well made videogames within the Jurassic world is made all the more frustrating by knowing the raw creative potential that exists. That potential, coupled with the record breaking success of the most recently released film makes the lack of any high budget games within the film universe entirely puzzling. Sure, there are the mobile Free-to-Play Pay-to-Win games by Ludia, but those are mainly mindless time killers, and nothing genuinely intriguing.

That’s why it hurt so much in May of 2015 when we learned that Cryptic Studios Seattle was working on a Jurassic World game – only to have it canceled due to the studios closure. Later that summer, game artists began to post some of their artwork and videos from the game, and we covered it. But then something interesting happened – Perfect World Entertainment, the games publisher, went after the artists. It appeared the game was not dead.

More recently, another artist posted a screenshot of a very early Pre-Alpha build of Jurassic World Survivor (then called Jurassic Park Survivor) – we believe this predates the builds of the game we have seen prior, and is when it was quite early and exploratory. What stands out the most, is this version of the game was a First Person Shooter – everything we have seen and heard about the game has indicated it will be third person, so again, this points to it being from very early in development. This version of the game was described as “Left 4 Dead like” and “was cancelled by Universal because of weapons in the game.”

The latter quote aligns with what we heard about other versions of the game, which would have minimal gun usage, and rely more on other tools – and that it would not be possible to kill dinosaurs, only injure and scare them. What we know about the game now is it will be third person, open world action MMO (Massively multiplayer online role-playing game) with a heavy emphasis on survival and exploration of Isla Nublar. The game was dude to hit Steam on PC first, followed by its Xbox One and Playstation 4 console releases back in 2015, but those plans may have shifted since.

What we do know is the game is very much not dead, or at least was still alive and kicking as recently as December 2016, which is when Universal applied for trademarks on the title. Prior to that, Perfect World Entertainment registered domains for the IP in late October 2016, so all signs point to the game existing, surviving, and waiting to be officially announced. Gaming expo e3 kicks off June 13th, with some panels starting sooner – our money is on if it is shown, it will be revealed at the PC Gaming Show this upcoming Monday, June 12th at 1pm EST.

However, it is worth noting that Perfect World and Cryptic Studios California (the developer we assumed took over when the Seattle branch closed) just announced a new Free to Play Magic the Gathering game. Sadly, this does seem to reduce the odds of Jurassic World Survivor making an appearance, but perhaps it’s just one of many new surprises Perfect World has up their sleeves.

Stay tuned for more news, and let us know what you want from a Jurassic World game – do you think Universal is on the right track to stop the property from becoming a shooter, or are they getting in the way of solid gaming entertainment? Sound off!

Universal clarifies: No plans yet for a Jurassic World 2 teaser trailer

Sorry all, it seems we all got a little too caught up in the excitement when Daniella Pineda tweeeted that a teaser was coming soon. It sounded too good to be true, and it appears that was the case. We contacted Universal, asking if they could comment on or corroborate the reports of a teaser trailer being around the corner, and they were direct with their answer:

“No plans yet for a teaser trailer. Not sure what is being shown at the London wrap party, but it’s not official marketing materials.”

The first Jurassic World did not see a trailer released until November 2014, and it seems likely the latest installment will stick close to the distribution pattern. However, next month is #JurassicJune, and the 22nd marks the one year until the Jurassic World sequel hits theaters mark – news hitting around this time seems to be a given, even if it is not footage. Perhaps a final title and logo?

Image not official

June also marks e3 (13th-15th), and fans are hopeful that it may mark the announcement of the long rumored Jurassic World Survivor. A video game is long overdue in the Jurassic Park universe, and the potential is nearly endless – with any luck, June will deliver the goods.

Until then, enjoy the fun teases Daniella posted about Jurassic World 2, and stay tuned for the latest news!