Open up your calendar as it’s time for another Jurassic Park community meetup!
Frequent collaborator Tom Jurassic is hosting a Jurassic World Evolution Unofficial Community Meetup on Friday 8th March at the Natural History Museum in London.
The meetup will take place from 1pm – and Tom has already promised a host of fun activities, Jurassic-themed goodies and more for anyone who takes the time to join him in London. Tom has also revealed another detail of this meetup for fans of Jurassic Outpost:
“Firstly – I really appreciate all the support from everyone in spreading word about the meetup! Both Jurassic Outpost and The Jurassic Park Podcast have been amazing in getting word out there – allowing me to focus on some behind-the-scenes work which has enabled something incredibly cool to occur! I am beyond excited to reveal that Paul from the Natural History Museum’s Dinosaur Lab will be giving an hour’s talk to people who come down for the meetup – with the talk taking place from 1:30pm – 2:30pm. The Natural History Museum do talks here and there, but they are something which the general visitor will not be able to access.
I’m super excited to be able to bring a little more to the Jurassic World Evolution Unofficial Community Meetup – building a special day which I hope Jurassic fans who can make it will remember for years to come!”
This sounds like a fantastic opportunity for those attending – allowing people to get more hands-on with the museum than they would usually be able to!
Tom’s put a lot of work into this meetup and like any Jurassic community meetup there will no doubt be a favourable turnout! If you’re in or around the London area be sure to try and make it.
The Natural History Museum in London features one of the most beautiful and comprehensive collections of palaeontological discoveries in the country, which you’ll have the chance to come face to face with! The museum hosts popular dinosaurs like the T-Rex and the Triceratops, alongside the star of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom; the Baryonyx.
As Tom states: “We’ll take part in some fun Jurassic-themed games, and they’ll be a host of awesome Evolution prizes and goodies to give out throughout the day.”
A schedule for the day is still being locked down – but there is plenty to do in South Kensington including the Science Museum, so after spending a good amount of time at the Natural History Museum there will still be plenty more fun in store. The best part about all of this? The museums are all free entry!
You can learn more about Tom’s community meetup here, and be sure to let us know in the comments section below if you’ll be making it down!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and while Jurassic may be a Summer film series, the merchandise goes hand and hand with the snowmen and long shopping lines. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, Christmas, or otherwise, there is no short supply of dino-themed gifts out there.
We’ve accumulated a list of some of our top picks of Jurassic World merchandise, perfect for fans of all ages to make your shopping easier:
Fallen Kingdom Blu-ray & DVD
This one is a given, and odds are you already own one of its many releases. However if you’ve yet to pick a copy up, or are buying for another lucky fan, here are some of our top version choices.
Celebrate the legacy of Jurassic Park by bringing home a piece of history with this exclusive limited edition 1:1 prop replica of John Hammond’s Amber Cane, cast from an original studio prop with an expertly crafted finish. Special Jurassic Park logo plaque, hanger clip, and wall mount hardware included.
This official prop from Chronicle Collectibles is exclusively sold at Paradise Collectibles, and is limited to 1000 units. Check out this review from our friends at Jurassic Collectibles!
Who doesn’t love when LEGO combines its forces with dinosaurs, especially Jurassic Park dinosaurs? These LEGO sets are sure to provide long brick building fun for fans of all ages, and are primarily based upon moments from the latest Jurassic World. The following sets are our top picks from the line, varying in price:
Get ready for thrilling action and adventure with Jurassic World! Thrash ‘n Throw Tyrannosaurus Rex is in the style of the fan-favorite character from the original Jurassic Park. Now she’s back and better than ever with awesome action features! In addition to authentic sculpt and decoration, Thrash ‘n Throw Tyrannosaurus Rex has sound effect features like chomping and stomping, an impressive roar and a HUGE bite. Use the tail activation to open mouth and pick up other human and dinosaur action figures, and then thrash and throw them across the room! Recreate all your favorite epic dinosaur action scenes from the movie, but watch out—this Tyrannosaurus Rex is ready for a fight!
Get ready for thrilling action and adventure with Jurassic World! Mosasaurus, the colossal swimming creature, is back again and makes a bigger splash than ever in the film! This action figure is inspired by the movie and comes in a massive size that will thrill fans! Mosasaurus features authentic textured skin, realistic sculpting and articulation that makes this colossal creature come to life! Colors and decorations may vary. Are you the ultimate dinosaur expert? Download the Jurassic World Facts app to bring your Mattel Jurassic World dinosaur figures to life and learn fun facts!
Get ready for thrilling action and adventure with Jurassic World! When an Indoraptor escapes at Lockwood Estate, no man, woman, child, or animal will be safe during his hunt—especially with his night-vision capabilities! An abomination hybrid of the villainous Indominus Rex and the vicious Velociraptor, Indoraptor is the most terrifying and deadliest dinosaur ever masterminded—the latest brainchild of Dr. Wu. Inspired by the film, Grab ‘n Growl Indoraptor wreaks havoc and fear with his mere presence. His ominous features include red eyes that light up and glow, slick black scales, long arms with dagger-like claws and extra articulation that he will use to catch anyone that crosses him. And watch out for his huge terrifying SCREECH and realistic dinosaur sound effects! To activate, slide the switch located on the tail for grabbing action and lights and sounds; push the button for chomping action and lights and sounds; and move the tail around for thrashing action! Act out ferocious battle scenes with Grab ‘n Growl Indoraptor and relive all the exciting adventure and terror of the movie!
Get ready for thrilling action and adventure with Jurassic World! Roarivores dinosaur action figures are inspired by the movie and feature push button sound activation and signature attack moves iconic to their respective species. Play out movie action scenes with signature attack moves like chomping, biting and head butting. Figures also include articulated arms and legs, realistic sculpting and authentic decoration. Choose from Triceratops, Baryonyx, Metriacanthosaurus, Allosaurus, and more!
(Note, subject to availablity – MSRP is $14.99 but third party retailers may charge more)
Get ready for thrilling action and adventure with Jurassic World! These Battle Damage dinosaur action figures have a spring-loaded damage panel feature that snaps back on impact to reveal the battle wound! Kids will love battling it out again and again to see the results. Just reset the Battle Damage action figure to play out favorite action battles from the movie again and again! Choose from Battle Damage Stiggy, Battle Damage Velociraptor Blue, Battle Damage Pachycephalosaurus, Battle Damage Herrerasaurus, Battle Damage Gallimimus and more!
(Note, subject to availability – Basic dino MSRP is $9.99 but third party retailers may charge more)
The Jurassic World Legacy Collection roars into action celebrating classic moments, themes and characters from the blockbuster film franchise! These dinosaur action figures feature articulated arms and legs, realistic sculpting and authentic decoration. Each dinosaur also has an action feature unique to its character and species like chomping, jumping, flapping or spitting! Choose from ramming Pachycephalosaurus, spitting Dilophosaurus, flapping Pteranodon, leaping Velociraptor and biting young Tyrannosaurus Rex action figures.
(Note, subject to availability – Basic dino MSRP is $9.99 but third party retailers may charge more)
Get ready for thrilling action and adventure with Jurassic World! These Attack Pack dinosaurs are inspired by the movie and are known to herd, hunt and attack in packs. Each Attack Pack dinosaur figure includes five points of articulation, realistic sculpting and authentic decoration. Choose from Velociraptor Blue, Green Velociraptor, Dilophosaurus, Gallimimus and Dimorphodon. Each sold separately, subject to availability. Colors and decorations may vary. Are you the ultimate dinosaur expert? Download the Jurassic World Facts app to bring your Mattel Jurassic World dinosaur figures to life and learn fun facts!
(Note, subject to availability – Basic dino MSRP is $7.99 but third party retailers may charge more)
Get ready for thrilling action and adventure with Jurassic World! These Action Attack dinosaur figures capture the ultimate movie action with their unique action-attack features! Add realistic sculpting and authentic decoration, and these Action Attack dinosaurs come to life ready for dinosaur action! Choose from Action Attack Carnotaurus (press button to make the head strike forward and jaws chomp) and Action Attack Stegosaurus (press a spine plate to trigger the tail swipe).
(Note, subject to availability – Basic dino MSRP is $19.99 but third party retailers may charge more)
Get ready for thrilling action and adventure with Jurassic World! These action figures are inspired by characters in the film and feature realistic sculpts at 3 ¾” action scale. Each comes with an accessory or dinosaur action figure so kids play out their favorite Jurassic World moments. Choose from Owen and Baby Blue or the Mercenary and Dimorphodon. Relive all the action and adventure of the movie with these action figures!
(Note, subject to availability – Basic figure MSRP is $7.99 but third party retailers may charge more)
Get ready for thrilling action and adventure with Jurassic World! fan favorite character, Velociraptor Blue is ferociously cute and comes in a kid-sized Ginormous scale that is approximately 3 feet tall and over 4 feet long from nose to tail! this Ginormous Velociraptor Blue figure is made of soft plush material and features realistic eye detail, sculpted claws on her arms and feet and a big Blue streak on her body, of course! kids will love hugging and cuddling with this kid-sized Ginormous fan favorite plush figure!
Take control of operations on the legendary islands of the Muertes archipelago and experience the majesty and danger of awe-inspiring dinosaurs. Every choice you make between Entertainment, Science and Security Divisions influences your journey through an unfolding narrative and decades of Jurassic lore.
The Knitted Christmas Sweater Preorder is officially licensed Jurassic Park merchandise. You can be confident that it will be of the highest quality and give you that warm, fuzzy feeling that only comes from supporting the creators.
Following an tease earlier in the week while revealing what new features will be brought to the game with the 1.5 update, Frontier Developments has revealed the first piece of paid content since the release of Jurassic World: Evolution.
From the Press Release:
This is Dr. Henry Wu speaking. I know you’ve been working hard across the islands to design and breed the most awe-inspiring and, sometimes, fear-inducing creatures. You’ve had success, I can tell, and I like your methods. So I’m here to ask for your assistance. I’ve got a very, very special project for you, should you choose to join me in my efforts. Think about it, but do know: the reward we will reap is… compelling, to say the least.
I look forward to hearing from you.
“Secrets of Dr. Wu” will expand upon the base story of Jurassic World: Evolution, giving players insight into the shady dealings of the morally ambiguous geneticist. Not only will this see Jurassic series actor B.D. Wong reprise the role with all-new voice lines (as showcased by the trailer), but will include a plethora of new in-game content for players to sink their teeth into.
Five new dinosaur species will be added to the ever-growing roster. First up are the giant hadrosaur Olorotitan and the nimble therapod Troodon, complete with a “poison bite attack” (Jurassic Park: The Game, anyone?).
In addition to these, there are three brand-new hybrid dinosaurs: Stegoceratops (cut from 2015’s Jurassic World, fans will recognise this one from the Hasbro toy released alongside the film), and Ankylodocus plus Spinoraptor which were both introduced in the LUDIA Jurassic World games.
Two of the five deaths will also see map expansions – new regions of Isla Muerta and Isla Tacaño will be opened up to the player to expand their hybrid testing areas.
Aside from the new narrative and missions, there will be a slew of new genetic modifications available to further tinker with your dinosaurs, including comfort genes, allowing the player to up dinosaur tolerance to conditions beyond their expected limits.
Most exciting of these is the Indominus Rex camouflage gene, finally bringing this iconic and long-requested ability to the Indominus’ in-game counterpart. Once bred with this gene activated, the Indominus Rex will be able to camouflage while hunting, idle, panicking or while in dense forests. You’ll want to keep an eye on her enclosure!
In addition to all this, there will be some new building upgrades, such as the additional incubation speed increase, the speed increase for the transport team, plus an advanced storm defense station to provide better protection against rough weather conditions.
Aside from the paid DLC, the free 1.5 update will be bringing many long-requested features into the base game.
First among these are modifications to existing dinosaur behaviours. The dinosaur with the highest prestige within a group will be appointed as the group leader, which other dinosaurs of the same species will now follow while drinking, eating and fleeing, keeping groups of dinosaurs together. Leadership contests will see the title be awarded to the victor, keeping your dinosaur populations dynamic and ever-changing. This now also means dinosaurs can be herded by staff vehicles.
Dinosaurs will also now sleep while comfortable and idle, not just while sick, and under the new group leader system, will nap as a group.
A full day/night cycle will be added to all game modes, introducing more dynamic and variable lighting conditions to the islands. This will be instantly available from the gameplay setting menu in the Isla Nublar Sandbox and Challenge modes, and will be unlocked for the Career islands after achieving 5 stars on each island.
The introduction of higher capacity feeders (in addition to regular feeders) will also remedy the frustration of constantly having to send out your ranger teams on resupply runs. And all-new contracts will see players sell dinosaurs with particular gene modifications and influence specific dinosaurs’ infamy ratings to skyrocket.
“Secrets of Dr. Wu” will be available for all systems on the 20th of November 2018, releasing alongside the free 1.5 update. Costing £12.99/$14.99/€14.99, the DLC will be available to download on Steam, and the Playstation and Xbox Stores, depending which platform you play on (base game required).
Frontier Developments will be holding a launch lifestream on the 20th November at 3PM UTC on www.twitch.tv/frontierdevelopments for those who may want to see some of the features in play before they buy.
Between the free update and paid DLC, it seems that Frontier are addressing many player’s complaints and are committed to improving general quality of life for Jurassic World: Evolution. But what are your thoughts on the revealed upcoming content? What are you most excited for, and what would you like to see in future updates and DLC drops – say a classic Jurassic Park visual overhaul?
Sound off in the comments below, and as always, stay tuned for the latest news!
Star Wars has long been the gold standard for licensed media in the toy aisle, with a multitude of products, quality items, and strong sales. While the craftsmanship on the toys from Hasbro has seen a recent downward trend, causing their 2015 Jurassic World line to be met with much ire, Star Wars continues to perform successfully. It’s an evergreen property, with numerous movies, comics, books and cartoons to support interest and awareness with fans of all ages, driving toy sales forward.
In 2016, it was announced Mattel had won the bid for the Jurassic World / Park toy master license, taking it from Hasbro who had held since 1993 (if you count that they owned Kenner). Mattel spared no expense, and hit the ground running with their Jurassic toy line which made its debut in Spring of 2018 to coincide with the latest sequel, Fallen Kingdom. With Mattel in charge of the license, they reaffirmed Jurassic as a quality industry leading brand, ripe with innovative and diverse play patterns, quality film accurate toys, topped off with incredible competitive pricing models not seen in current competition. These choices, along with the Jurassic presence in theaters now has led to kids, parents, and collectors all being enticed to purchase and play.
With the latest waves of Mattel Jurassic World toys hitting shelves now, the dinosaurs are on a rampage of fun – according to the NPD Group, Jurassic is currently outselling Star Wars action figures in the US. Jurassic and Marvel led action figures sales to grow by 16%, which is no small feat given the closing of Toys R Us. While internationally, Star Wars is the number 3 overall brand (this encompasses more than action figures), and Jurassic has not broken top 10, this performance shows great opportunity for momentum moving forward – especially as dinosaur toys have grown in popularity by 77% year to date.
Personally, I see incredible potential for Jurassic World moving forward – but it will take some work. As such, I’ve lightly outlined some of my proposed transmedia expansion concepts below.
Room for Growth
Universal Pictures in conjunction with Mattel and other brand partners are in the unique position to build upon this momentum to further strengthen brand awareness, diversity, and demand. Jurassic, regardless of a film in theaters, can and should become synonymous with dinosaur toys and products for fans of all ages. Dinosaurs have an everlasting appeal, and populate toy and product shelves even without expanded marketing. With Jurassic’s unique hold on pop culture, it can take hold of the forefront of dinosaur media and hardline sales, expanding it into new territory, just as Star Wars has become a prime staple of merchandise aisles.
To fully leverage this opportunity, the brand itself need to expand its transmedia thumbprint and target as many different age groups and demographics as possible. While the films target a slightly older audience (around 7 and up) with a PG-13 rating, there is plenty of room for growth in the pre-school sector. To drive that brand awareness and acceptance amongst parents, something like a educational and friendly ‘Jurassic World Rangers’ animated series could do wonders – let it take place when the park was open, and follow the paths of vets and trainers working with the animals as they become sick or distressed. Let it be about aiding the animals, and let it teach young audiences all about the dinosaurs and characters jobs in exciting and positive scenarios. With the kids and parents on board, they’ll surely be fans for life as they grow into the core media and product offerings.
To better sustain the core Jurassic brand, the possibilities and perhaps need for expanded media sustain programs are endless. This could range from toys backed by animated content targeting the appropriate age range and tone, animated series, books, comics, video games, and live action “spin-off” stories (be it film, TV, or shorts). Most importantly, this content must be high quality, representing the brands film legacy and reputation, delivering top of the line content no matter the outlet. In the age of social media, pop culture awareness and discussion is a self-running machine, but the more parts added into the mix, the more diverse, and prolific it becomes.
Perhaps most unique to Jurassic, is the outlet for creative growth in the education sector. While the dinosaurs of Jurassic World are different from their real world namesakes, these differences can be fully embraced while collaborating with STEM partners to expand dinosaur knowledge. If Jurassic began partnering with the science community to expand real world dinosaur information in ways they cannot typically achieve alone, paleontologists, schools, museums, and other similar outlets will embrace the brand with open arms. Be it reinstating a website like Jurassic Park Institute, sharing news from Paleontological discoveries, or even sponsoring or curating dino-education TV or web programs such as documentaries, Jurassic would only further strengthen brand awareness while achieving a genuinely positive impact.
The future for our very own Jurassic World is a vast expanse of endless opportunity of innovation and entertainment, fueling engagement across multiple platforms. My hope is new programs are continuously implemented to keep this momentum moving forward – spare no expense, and let dinosaurs rule the earth.
Jurassic World Alive, the mobile dinosaur catching game for Android and iOS, has been out since the end of May. Since then, we have managed to learn some strategies for maximizing your dinosaur collecting and battling techniques. These tips are aimed mostly towards free to play users, but pay to play users can also implement them. If you keep these in mind, you will be well on your way to becoming an elite member of the Dinosaur Protection Group!
The most important aspect of the game involves collecting and leveling up the dinosaurs within your collection. Dinosaurs are found in the “wild” around your location and you send out a drone to collect their DNA. To collect the DNA, you fire darts at targets on the dinosaur as it moves around your screen.
Tip #1: Hold, but do not fire your first shot until the target grows to maximum size.
The longer you wait between shots, the larger the target on the dinosaur grows. The timer on your battery will not begin to run until you fire that first shot, but the target will still grow if you hold the screen and prepare to fire your first shot. Once it is at maximum size, let it rip and get your best possible chance at a direct hit!
The targets will grow the longer they remain, but make sure not to wait too long on the rest of them or your battery will run out! Once you fire your first dart, the dino will start to move around the environment, getting faster and faster with almost every hit. That leads us to…
Tip #2: Use the outer circle to gauge where to release the dart.
As the dinosaur moves faster and faster around the map, it makes it harder and harder to hit the center of the circle for a direct hit. Except for the first shot, you should always be aiming ahead of the center circle. This is where the outside circle comes in handy. If you keep an eye on where you release and where the dart actually hits, you can use the outer circle as an aiming system for future darts. For example, if you released a dart while your crosshairs were right on top of the outer circle and the dart misses the direct hit mark, move your crosshairs that much farter outside the outer circle for your next attempt. It may sound a little hard at first, but the quicker you get used to using it as an aiming system, the faster you’re likely to start racking up direct hits.
Like mentioned before, the dinosaurs will speed up as you hit them more often. Exactly how much it speeds up depends on the type of dinosaur. The faster it goes, the higher it’s overall speed characteristic is going to be. Faster dinosaurs are helpful in battles, so keep that in mind as you go out collecting!
Tip #3: Learn where the targets are going show up on the common dinosaurs.
Keep in mind, you are likely to encounter the same dinosaurs over and over again. As the dinosaurs go up in rarity, the more places a target could show on the dinosaur to hit. Common dinosaurs will only have the target show up in two places across their body. It’s pretty easy to learn the pattern of the common dinosaurs because the target switches places after every hit. For example, on the Einiosaurus, one of the most common dinosaurs I see, the target will either be located in the middle of its back or in the middle of its head, as seen below. You can learn to anticipate where to position your next dart. The more you collect, the faster you will learn where the targets are likely to appear.
Tip #4: Don’t miss the special event incubators.
These incubators really pack a punch. When the AMC theater special was active, it could easily level your T-Rex up twice! If you are looking to have the most effective team and stay competitive at your level, do not skip out on any of the special event incubators.
Battling is the second aspect of the game that really amps up player interactions. Players select eight dinosaurs from their total collected bunch and place them on their “bench” of sorts. Once a battle is engaged, four of those eight are randomly selected and pitted against your opponent’s four dinosaurs. Here’s some strategies for your dinosaurs to win the day.
Tip #1: Dinosaur Battles are just Rock, Paper, Scissors
When you look at your dinosaur collection, you can basically categorize each type of dino into one of three categories (with some exceptions which we’ll cover later). These three categories are: Strength, Speed, and Armored. Strength dinosaurs are the attack powerhouses. These are your Tyrannosauruses, your Allosauruses, your Tarbosauruses, etc. Their attack, even on the low-end, pack a whallop. The second type of dinosaurs, Speed, include your Velociraptors, Utahraptors, Stygimolochs, etc. These are the ones that are usually going to end up attacking first because their speed characteristic is so high. Finally, there’s your Armored dinos like Stegosaurus, Einiosaurus, Triceratops, etc.
Now, how does Rock, Paper, Scissors play into this you may be asking. In my experience, here’s how the match-ups end up playing out:
Strength beats Armored, Armored beats Speed, and Speed beats Strength
While the dinosaur levels and special attacks may throw some wrinkles into that formula, it will usually pans out in this general way. Keeping this “equation” in mind as you pick your dinosaurs, battles might start going your way more often. If your Velociraptor just got beaten by a Triceratops, you might want to throw your T-Rex or Allosaurus out next.
Tip #2: Prioritize Leveling Your Bench
If you have got a stellar bench of dinosaurs, make sure you’re spending some coin on them when possible. Yeah, that Gen 2 Ankylosaurus upgrade only costs 50 coins, but you’re probably not going to put it on your bench anyway. On the other hand, saving the coin for the next level Velociraptor could very well put your team near invincible status at your tier.
That being said, if you are not close to any bench upgrade, go ahead and go for some other dinosaurs. Each upgrade gives you experience points towards your player level. Higher player levels get to collect more DNA with each shot, so it is still important to stay on top of your other upgrades.
Tip #3: Battle Your Friends
With its most recent update, Jurassic World Alive made the game even more social. Players can add other users and challenge them to battles when they are available. By battling your friends, you get to find out what dinosaurs on your team are working, and which of them aren’t. Each player is placed on equal footing for dinosaur levels, so it really boils down to your strategies, and maybe just a little bit of luck!
Tip #4: Battle For Coins
There are only four battle incubator spots available. Once your win four battles and fill those up, you are out of luck until one finishes opening. However, you can still battle for extra coins. Now it is entirely up to you whether or not you want to risk your trophies with extra battles, but if you are in need of some extra coins for a dino upgrade, battles can help with that. On the topic of battle incubators, they come in five different sizes: 15 minute, 3 hour, 8 hour, 12 hour, and 24 hour. The 15 minute incubator is available to open immediately if you watch a short ad. It usually does not contain much. On the other hand, the 24 hour incubator can really help your team. It’s guaranteed to include a few rare dinos to ramp up your team.
Since the launch a few months back, Jurassic World Alive has seen 10 million game downloads around the world, over 4 million supply drop spins per day, and over 3 million dinosaur battles per day! Check out this infographic below which details some of these stats:
There you have it folks, Jurassic World Alive tips & tricks. By keeping these in mind, you can take your own team of dinos from zero to hero. Do you have any other tricks that weren’t listed here? What eight dinos make up your bench? Sounds off in the comments below!
The release will have new features including: Achievements, Strike Events, and Friendly Battles. Over 30 Achievements will be available, and you can earn cash rewards for each one completed! We’ll have to wait until the update to learn more about Achievements.
Strike Events are PvE (person versus environment) battles that will take place in two new areas: Daybreak and Nightfall! These battles last several rounds, and you need to defeat the opposing team to progress to the next round. You win the event by winning every round before using up all your retries. There are prizes awarded after each win, and a grand prize if you win the event!
The new Social tab in the app will include a Friends features where you can invite your friends and challenge them to Friendly Battles. These battles will not affect trophy counts or leaderboard status. All creatures will be set to level 26 so there is a level playing field between you and your friends. Get ready to test your battle skills!
Updates to the map visuals, supply drops, creature sightings for Rare and Epics, and changes to Battles are also part of the release. There’s no word yet on when the update will be pushed out, but until then you can read the full release notes on Ludia’s Jurassic World Alive forum. Happy dino hunting!
Are you playing Jurassic World Alive? If so, which new feature are you most excited for? Sound off in the comments below!
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has now exploded onto cinema screens around the world, and the news surrounding the franchise isn’t showing any signs of slowing down!
In an effort to round up just some of that news, I wanted to compile these two news stories together as they both relate to part of the expanded universe/merchandise that sits alongside the movies themselves.
First up is the brand new update to the video game Jurassic World: Evolution. To compliment the US release of Fallen Kingdom, the developers have released a free DLC pack which added six dinosaurs to the dig sites, along with character bios and a wealth of fixes and improvements.
The press release details the new additions:
Added new dinosaurs with unlocks from Fallen Kingdom film: Indoraptor, Baryonyx, Stygimoloch, Carnotaurus, Allosaurus, Sinoceratops
Added new dig sites to support new dinosaurs: Smokejack Clay Pit, Surrey, UK, La Colonia Formation, Chubut Province, Argentina, Xingezhuang Formation, Shandong, China, Updated some existing dig sites for the new dinosaurs
Added new character bios and unlocks to the InGen database: Iris Carroll, Benjamin Lockwood, Franklin Webb, Maisie Lockwood, Zia Rodriguezo, Eli Mills, Ken Wheatley, Gunnar Eversoll
Fixes and Improvements
Various stability fixes
Various performance improvements
Localisation updates and text fixes
Controller layout screens added
4×4 AI improvements
Various hit check and pathing improvements
Dinosaur ragdoll enhancements
Dinosaurs will now fight on steeper slopes
Various UI fixes and improvements
Fixed helicopters falling out of the sky on loading
Fix for Dinosaurs stuck in panicked and terrorising states
Contracts now show the correct progress
General contract fixes
Helicopters now try their best to avoid monorails
Dinosaurs try to avoid fighting underwater
Dinosaur Ingen DB Bio fixes
Prevention of medicating dead dinosaurs
Logo added to the red ranger vehicle
The new hybrid that Dr. Wu created, the IndoRaptor, is now available to breed at your park – but judging by the movie itself, perhaps this is not such a great idea? You can find more information on the free DLC from the Frontier team here, and if you haven’t seen it, check out our interview with some of the team behind the game:
Next up is Chronicle Collectables latest debut, the 1:1 scale model of the Baby Velociraptor Hatchling as seen in Jurassic Park! Chronicle havebeenensuring fans have numerousways to show their appreciation and love for Jurassic Park’s 25th Anniversary this year, and $250 collectable might be the perfect piece to complete your collection.
This beautiful officially licensed piece was crafted and modeled after the scene in the movie, and measures 11″ in height with a 6″ diameter on the base. As with every piece from Chronicle, various payment plans are available for this item and the pre-orders are now open at ChronicleCollectibles.com!
“The magic of that scene with the hatching baby velociraptor in Jurassic Park remains even after all these years. It’s been great fun to recreate this piece for fans and it’s something that’s never been done before.” – Paul Francis, Creative Director
The item is expected to ship in the second quarter of 2019.
Hopefully you’ve now seen Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in cinemas and if so, we would love to hear what you thought! Join many other fans in sharing your personal review of the movie in our reactions article where spoilers are of course allowed. Come and join the discussion!
On June 22nd, the Park is gone – but Isla Nublar will live on in a epic new VR based videogame hitting arcades soon!
The new interactive cinematic adventure will hit over 100 ‘Dave and Busters’ locations on June 14th, and will put players into a living and breathing Jurassic World. Taking place before the latest sequel, players will be tasked with capturing the various dinosaurs freely roaming the island prior to its volcanic based extinction. The game is sure to provide all thrills and awe inspiring moments synonymous with Jurassic Park, and we cannot wait to go hands on!
Check out the full press release below:
Universal and The Virtual Reality Company (VRC) today announced Jurassic World VR Expedition, an interactive cinematic virtual reality (VR) game that transports players to the visually stunning jungles of Isla Nublar, where fans will engage in an epic rescue adventure inspired by the Jurassic World film series. Jurassic World VR Expedition makes its debut on June 14 at more than 100 Dave & Buster’s entertainment centers, making it the biggest location-based VR launch to date. The VR game launches ahead of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which arrives in theaters on June 22, 2018.
The VRC development team includes several Academy Award®-winning and -nominated animators, visual effects artists, and technicians. Written and directed by James Lima, a multi-Emmy Award-nominated visual effects artist, and executive produced by VRC co-founders Robert Stromberg, a two-time Academy Award winner®, and entertainment executive Guy Primus, Jurassic World VR Expedition boasts an all-new approach to VR.
Up to four people at a time can put on an HTC VIVE™ headset and enter the Dave & Buster’s state-of-the-art VR motion simulator, where they will be transported into what remains of Jurassic World for a five-minute suspenseful, awe-inspiring expedition. There, they will rescue dinosaurs that were freely roaming Isla Nublar at the end of the last chapter of Jurassic World.
“Jurassic World VR Expedition is the ultimate wish fulfilled,” said Jurassic World VR Expedition Director James Lima. “We wanted to take people to Isla Nublar and visit Jurassic World, and here is where the power of VR presents its potential as a medium that is an extension of the film.”
“What we have done for this project is groundbreaking,” added The Virtual Reality Company Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer Robert Stromberg. “It represents a remarkable departure from the traditional approach to combining VFX and gameplay in VR. To achieve the level of cinematic visual integrity we would like to see in VR, we integrated a variety of filmmaking techniques to help complement established entertainment software approaches.”
Jurassic World VR Expedition is the latest in a strategic expansion by Universal into gaming. Last year, Universal announced a significant build-up of its games team, as well as a more active approach and investment into game development. Jurassic World VR Expedition is the first VR production being released that is part of a bold portfolio of games rolling out in 2018 and beyond.
“For many, this will be their wondrous introduction to VR, and Jurassic World VR Expedition will transport fans in a more immersive way than they could imagine. Players will experience the dinosaurs—both the majestic and terrifying—first person,” said Chris Heatherly, Executive Vice President of Games and Digital Platforms, Universal Brand Development. “We are thrilled with the breathtaking visuals and cinematic experience that VRC has delivered, as well as by Dave & Buster’s bold step to make this experience available to such a broad audience.”
“The exclusive launch of Jurassic World VR Expedition at all Dave & Buster’s locations represents an incredible milestone for us as we aim to be at the forefront of location-based entertainment VR,” said Kevin Bachus, Senior Vice President, Entertainment & Games Strategy, Dave & Buster’s. “Our innovative, top-of-the-line simulators will provide fans with next-level immersion, putting them into Jurassic World for a breathtaking journey alongside the biggest creatures this world has ever known.”
Eager to try the latest Jurassic game installment? It makes its debut at the Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Fan Fest June 13th, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Learn more about the Fan Fest venue here! To try Jurassic World VR Expedition eslewhere, players can find a Dave & Buster’s location in their area or through Vive’s Demo Locator. The game will be rolling out soon to additional location-based VR venues worldwide.
According to Variety, ‘in the coming months, VRC plans to work on refining “Jurassic World VR Expedition” with additional iterations, and also bring it to other locations both in the U.S. and internationally. The ultimate plan is to turn “Jurassic World VR Expedition” into a ride with longevity, said Robert Stromberg. “These types of experiences can last for years.”
This game is not to be mistaken for the cinematic Jurassic World: Blue, a free VR based experience that takes you to Isla Nublar and allows you to view key moments of Blue’s life prior Mount Sibos volcanic eruption. Both episodes of Jurassic World: Blue are available on the Oculus store now and are not to be missed!
Are you looking forward to experiencing the Jurassic World VR Expedition game, and what other concepts would you like to see brought to life from this format? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned for the latest news!
The hybrid everybody loves to hate has finally arrived in Jurassic World: Evolution! That’s right folks, we have a new attraction; and it’s the Indominus Rex!
For those of you who need reminding, the Indominus was the love child of Henry Wu in Jurassic World. A killer blend of Velociraptor and T. rex, it is known infamously as the creature that took down Jurassic World!
With a bullet proof hide and psychopathic tendencies, it will surely be a force to contain in the game. Perhaps you’d better put A.C.U. on alert now?
In case you missed it, we visited Frontier’s Offices in Cambridge (Hey! Isn’t that where Nedry’s people are?) and got talk to the people building the game! Check out our video below:
Jurassic World: Evolution launches next week! Will you be playing? Comment below!
Dream it. Build it. Survive it. Do you remember that tagline? It’s quite simple really, and perfectly summarises what a park building game is, and especially what Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis was.
That game was loved – and still is, and fifteen years later we are set to receive the new generation’s version of this game. Jurassic World: Evolution.
A week ago, Alex and myself were lucky enough to visit Frontier Developments in Cambridge and meet with many of the team that are developing this upcoming park-building game. We saw the game in it’s final stages of development and met with various members of the animation team, the creative team, the sound team, who are now putting those crucial final touches on the game.
We also had the opportunity to play the game. And that we did. For a good few hours! We played on the islands of Isla Matanceros and Isla Muerta, two of the Five Deaths island chain that sits near Isla Nublar.
While most of what we were able to play has been previously revealed, the camera mode within the Park Ranger Jeeps is something previously unseen, and I don’t believe the Dilophosaurus attacks on the park visitors has been seen before!
View our full gallery below!
We had a lot of fun at Frontier and we thoroughly enjoyed our time playing Jurassic World: Evolution! Our friends at Jurassic Unicast were also attending and have shared their own content from the day on their channel!
The game is available on Tuesday June 12 and is available on PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Don’t miss out – be sure to pre-order your copy now!