The DNA of Jurassic Park

We spent a day at Frontier Developments in Cambridge and played Jurassic World: Evolution!

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Velociraptor (Film Universe)
There are three distinct variations of Velociraptor which were cloned by InGen, not counting sexual dimorphism seen within each individual version. However, despite the surface level variations, each sub-species remains relatively similiar in terms of physical attributes. Each species is roughly 6 feet tall…

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Check Out This Jurassic World Evolution Footage Loaded With New Dinosaurs!

Did the Fallen Kingdom trailer leave you hungry for more? Coming just two weeks off of the Jurassic World sequels bombastic, if not divisive trailer reveal, comes a new footage tease for Jurassic World Evolution. Part of the ‘IGN First‘ debut program, they let the footage speak for itself – check it out below, and read on for our species breakdown!

Did you spot all the new dinosaurs?

First up, we have the Edmontosaurus, who was on the list of dinosaurs in Jurassic World, but never made an appearance in the film. Edmontosaurus is an herbibore part of the Hadrosaur family, and related to Parasaurolophus. Intriguingly, the design is based on the artwork done for the Jurassic World website (albeit with a crest added), by artist Julius Csotonyi, which was never meant to be canon and was not based on designs by the filmmakers. However, in this case it makes a great dinosaur design, so no complaints here!

The other new dinosaur species is instantly recognizable from the films – the carnivorous Ceratosaurus. While it only made a small cameo appearance in Jurassic Park 3, it instantly became a fan favorite design. While it has not made an appearance since the third Jurassic, a toy based on it was released alongside Jurassic World.

The final dinosaur is perhaps the most interesting, as it seems to evade identification – could this be a custom hybrid created in game? The dinosaur itself seems to share many traits with Velociraptor, though its snout is taller, with a defined ridge angling downward – but the biggest deviation in the design is the crest atop its head. That hearkens to species like Monolophosaurus and Guanlong, particularly Guanlong as its crest does not run all the way to its snout, like Monolophosaurus’ should. However, the skull shape does not match either one of those dinosaurs, giving a more monstrous and robust look to this mystery dino.


It turns out the mystery Theropod was a Deinonychus – we didn’t see that one coming! Early information suggested you can customize the appearance of dinosaurs in Jurassic World Evolution, so perhaps this is not the basic Deinonychus (which would not have a crest), but a further evolved and modified variation.

About Jurassic World Evolution:

Based on Universal Pictures’ iconic film franchise and created in collaboration with Universal Brand Development, the game expands on the official Jurassic World mythology and puts players in charge of cinema’s greatest tourist destination – where they will have the opportunity to create and manage their own Jurassic World. Launching in summer 2018, Jurassic World Evolution will be coming to PC, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system.

“As long-time fans of the entire Jurassic series we’re thrilled to be putting players in charge of their own Jurassic World,” said Frontier’s Chief Creative Officer, Jonny Watts. “We’re excited to bring over fifteen years of management, simulation, and creature development expertise to a destination and franchise that remains an inspiration to us.”

Jurassic World Evolution evolves players’ relationship with the Jurassic World film franchise, placing them in control of operations on the legendary island of Isla Nublar and the surrounding islands of the Muertes Archipelago. Players will build their own Jurassic World as they bioengineer new dinosaur breeds and construct attractions, containment and research facilities. Every choice leads to a different path and spectacular challenges arise when ‘life finds a way.’

The game is scheduled to release next summer and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will be in theatres June 2018.

Do you think the Deinonychus is part of the DNA tampering aspect of the game, or could it perhaps just be a more fantastical and angry looking Deinonychus than expected? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned for the latest news!

Source: IGN


34 thoughts on “Check Out This Jurassic World Evolution Footage Loaded With New Dinosaurs!


    *ahem* Pardon the outburst. I’m glad to see that Ceratosaurus is getting more love, even if it isn’t the franchise’s shining stars like Rexy or the Velociraptors. As for that last carnivore, it could be our first look at hybrid dinosaurs. If it is, it could mean we’ll be getting more than Ludia’s predetermined hybrids in The Game, and we’ll be able to mix and match whichever species our twisted little hearts desire.

    If it is Guanlong it’s missing the feathers. However I do recall that Dr. Wu addressed this issue on the Masrani Backdoor website. Either way, I’m stoked!

  2. I think that’s not an Edmontosaurus, but a Corythosaurus. Look at the crest above the head, Edmontosaurus doesn’t have a crest.

  3. I really hope that Deynonychus is not the base form,and that edmontosaurus,i expected a JP version of it,not the one in the website.

  4. Come on lads (& lasses), as a Geologist and a science teacher, we have to unpick the major mistakes you are purposely making. Dinonychus was fully feathered, and is now classed as an ‘Avian’ dinosaur. Can we use the upto date science knowledge and depict them as Avian, and not reptile?

    1. I mean, to be fair, this is Jurassic Park/World; the inaccuracies were initially not intentional, but now of course they have to be in order to maintain consistency in the films. The dinosaurs (and other prehistoric creatures) cloned by InGen have long been established to be genetically modified, with the DNA of other animals (typically crocodilians, birds, and frogs) being used to fill the gaps in their damaged genomes.

      1. Yeah, the farthest we got now is just slightly modifying chickens with reptilian features. And I do mean SLIGHTLY. The JP universe is leagues ahead of us in genetic splicing/cloning. XD

    2. On the masrani backdoor website it was revealed that they cant get feathers to appear on dinos. Therefore it is impossible in the jp franchise for feathers to appear.

    1. I perfer the Jurassic World buildings much closer to the book in most cases unless u count the feeding stations. Also dinosaurs in the book are described as much more colorful than anything we have seen in the movies. Jurassic World and JP3 actually are the closest to the source material in that way. Though the Lost World raptors are kinda book accurate in the sense of stripimg.

  5. Making the Deinonychus look like that and adding a crest that it didn’t have is such a huge missed opportunity. I would have loved for them to bring a feathered variant to the raptors, especially since they were actually feathered. We all know that deinonychus was the base model for the raptors in the original, But I feel as though seeing the contrast between feathered and unfeathered would be interesting to see.

  6. I pleased to see an accurate Edmontosaurus. Also, I believe the Deinonychus’ crest is a rooster-like comb (rather than a bony crest).

  7. No offense Jurassic outpost, but you’ve been slacking off. I heard of a bunch of new JWFK news from third party sources, such as: The newly released picture of Franklin and the Carnotaurus and the leaked photos of JWFK toys by Mattel. You need to post info on this stuff! Please stay my #1 source for Jurassic news!

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