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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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Everything You Need to Know About Jurassic World Evolution’s ‘Return to Jurassic Park’ DLC!

Return to Jurassic Park - Jurassic Park Raptor Paddock Image

It is safe to say that for years, fans of the original Jurassic Park have yearned to dive back in and explore the original 1993 park which we saw on Isla Nublar. Last year’s entry into the long-running film series, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, provided a tantalising taste of the original park as we discovered a large-scale model in Benjamin Lockwood’s Manor. Now, however, Frontier Developments have gone one step further, providing fans with an opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the sights and scenes of a 1993 Jurassic Park in the form of their new DLC, Jurassic World Evolution: Return to Jurassic Park, which will release this December.

Return to Jurassic Park - Brachiosaurus and JP Jeep

This DLC is set to embrace the roots of the franchise itself – with new buildings and attractions which feel inspired by the classic source material, and other great entries into the franchise like Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis. The new DLC will add an assortment of fantastic new features – including new buildings like the classic Visitor Centre from the original film, alongside an Aviary which draws heavy inspiration from the design we see occupying Isla Sorna within the second and third Jurassic Park films. Both these buildings promise to breathe some heavy nostalgia into the parks which we will be able to create as part of this DLC – but they also tease something even better which is coming in this DLC.

Return to Jurassic Park - Interior of Aviary

Yes, that’s right – Pteranodons are finally joining the Jurassic World: Evolution line-up as the first aerial reptiles to become a part of our parks. Aerial animals are a feature which have been requested since the game’s debut, so it is incredibly exciting for fans to finally see them being introduced in the form of a Pteranodon. Whilst we are unsure as to how exactly these animals will function, it is safe to say that these creatures will be positioned inside the Aviary itself unlike other dinosaurs within the game – so it will be interesting to see if other Aerial Reptiles are added in the future!

Green Buck T-Rex Skin with New Model

Another exciting addition is the Compsognathus – a BRAND NEW dinosaur which will be one of the smallest animals to join the in-game roster. This game has been highly requested – especially after its return in Fallen Kingdom. Information suggests that this animal have free-roaming behaviours different to other dinosaurs, so it is exciting to see how this dinosaur will stand out from the crowd. The DLC will also introduce several other new elements – including a seven-mission story mode which will bring Dr Alan Grant, Dr Ellie Sattler and Dr Ian Malcolm back to both Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna after the events of the 1993 film. Yes, the Jurassic Park trio will be voiced by Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum respectively.

It has also been confirmed that a brand-new 1993 overlay will be introduced – adding new dinosaur models, textures for buildings and other details which will augment your JWE experience. This overlay will be available in all sandboxes, although it sounds as though Jurassic Park and Jurassic World objects and styles will not be able to be mixed together at this stage. That said, the DLC will still provide a brand-new avenue for play.

There is a lot to take in from the little information and pictures released. The iconic Ford Explorers appear in a picture, the Triceratops has a new skin and model that is JP accurate, the Stegosaurus has a brand new model and skin to match its Lost World appearance, and the Jurassic Park 3 Brachiosaurs also appear! With any luck, the DLC will also include the Velociraptor variants from both Lost World and Jurassic Park 3 – plus we’re crossing our fingers for Pternodons from Lost World and Jurassic World to flesh out the aviary!

This comes alongside a brand-new FREE update for JWE players, which will introduce a couple of fan-requested features alongside some bug fixes and other elements. These include the ability to place down toilets for your park visitors, and the ability for Ranger Team vehicles to be damaged by dinosaurs. Both new features, alongside others which we are no-doubt yet to uncover, promise to inject even more new energy and life into this game as it continues to grow and evolve.

Check out the full trailer for the upcoming DLC below.

There is also a new Species Profile now live for the DLC, which you can find here:

We’re very excited to get our hands on this new DLC! How do you feel about returning to Jurassic Park? Are you excited to revisit a 1993 Isla Nublar? Let us know if you’ll be playing Return to Jurassic Park on the 10th of December!

Source: Frontier Developments

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16 thoughts on “Everything You Need to Know About Jurassic World Evolution’s ‘Return to Jurassic Park’ DLC!

  1. one of the things in the free update is the guests have a bathroom requirement. theres the new bathroom building and also a JP version.

    1. If the T-Rex can destroy those bathrooms and eat the guests inside Donald Gennaro-style, that would be absolutely, hilariously awesome.

    1. The world must be ending. I actually agree for once.

      I personally don’t mind the Jurassic World movies. But you give me the chance to build a theme park with the good old JP aesthetic? All I can say is…MUST GO FASTER!

    2. As much as I am super excited for the Jurassic Park theme, I also definitely love the Jurassic World content we’ve gotten. I’m a fan of the modern/futuristic tech and the blue theme color, and as a movie, I thoroughly enjoyed it. So I would certainly say I “WANT Jurassic World”

    3. I would disagree. As much as I am super excited about the Jurassic Park theme, I do also really love all the Jurassic World content we’ve been given. I’m a fan of modern/futuristic tech, I love the blue theme color, and as far as the movie goes, I found it thoroughly enjoyable. So I would definitely say I do “WANT Jurassic World.” Not necessarily more than I “want” Jurassic Park; having both is the ideal situation for me.

      1. I’m fine with the tech, but I can’t stand the blue color scheme. It’s fine for the more tech-y looking settings, like labs or computer stations, but I don’t like how it’s sprinkled throughout the park-setting. It just doesn’t say “prehistoric” to me. I like JP’s red/orange/yellow aesthetic a lot better.

  2. Someone said that they’re going to be asking for 30 to 40$ for this DLC? They didn’t back up their claims with anything but hearsay but this is a pretty huge expansion and something fans have been desperate for. I want this badly, but I won’t pay more than 15$ dollars for it and even that seems steep after I paid 60$ for a game that was basically incomplete on release.

    1. No need to panic. It’s price tag has been listed as $19.99/€19.99/£19.99.

      So I guess that’s like 4 bucks above your limit, but still…

      1. I dont’t think you guys appreciate the scope of this DLC. i have been following it ever since it was made public a few weeks ago. This is so big that Frontier themselves refer to it as a completely different thing than Jurassic World Evolution. Evolution is a vessel for Return to Jurassic Park. The amount of additions is unprecedented. A few months ago we thought we would never even have Pterosaurs or Compies! And many of the Legacy dinosaurs are, in some cases, getting up to 20 new skins! Not to mention the entirely new interface featuring the JP themed buildings. So keep in mind that they could have charged way more.

    2. I’d pay $500 for this. It’s all I ever wanted since the first damn film came out! So happy technology and opportunity has reached it’s current position… And that I’m alive to enjoy it!

      1. Same. I haven’t bought a single DLC pack for this game yet, but that is an absence that I am to correct with this one.

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