Jurassic World Evolution 2, a game about raising dinosaurs and creating intricate habitats for them, is getting a snazzy new expansion to coincide with the next Jurassic World movie, as revealed in a trailer that was shown during the PC Gaming Show 2022 (opens in new tab). Dubbed the Dominion Biosyn Expansion, the DLC includes new species of dinosaurs from the movie, a new location to build your park, and heaps of quality of life improvements.
But of course the dinosaurs are what really counts. Here’s a list of the new dinos that Frontier Developments shared in a recent blog post (opens in new tab):
- pyroraptor: “Recognize this magnificent plumage, Park Manager? This week, Know Your Dino was none other than Pyroraptor, a distant cousin of Velociraptor and Deinonychus. This intelligent ‘fire thief’ is sure to put your park management skills to the test and will be the talk of your guests!”
- Therizinosaurus: “Therizinosaurus is a fierce, territorial, leaf-eater that sports feathers over its imposing stature. With its elongated forearms and curved claws, this ancient dinosaur – whose name means “reaper lizard” – has an intimidating appearance. Normally its claws would be used for pulling plants for eating rather than fighting, however it does not hesitate to defend its territory.
- Dimetrodon: “Dimetrodon is the oldest prehistoric species we’ve added to Jurassic World Evolution 2 – it died out several million years before dinosaurs first appeared on Earth. This carnivore is characterized by the impressive neural spine sails on its back, which are probably used for thermoregulation.”
- Quetzalcoatlus: “Last, but not least, is one of the largest flying animals of all time: Quetzalcoatlus. This towering pterosaur has an enormous wingspan and will require multiple aviary domes to accommodate its territory and environmental needs. Its sheer size and length, sharp beak makes it a dominant force in the air.”
Old dog-shaped dinos and fire-themed raptors are cool and all, but I have to say I disagree with the Therizinosaurus’ extremely long nails. I assume the Jurassic franchise took some creative liberties with dinosaurs that didn’t actually exist, and I really hope this long-clawed madman is one of them.
Accompanying all the additional beasts is a new campaign set in the Biosyn Valley of the Jurassic World Dominion film.
“You will also work with well-known and iconic characters from across the franchise, including Claire Dearing (voiced by Bryce Dallas Howard), Dr. Alan Grant (voiced by Sam Neill), Dr. Ellie Sattler (voiced by Laura Dern), and Lewis Dodgson (voiced by Campbell Scott),” the post reads.
Actors from the movies letting their video game counterparts do the talking? That’s a rarity. Update 3 (which will be released alongside the expansion) will also bring more Chaos Theory maps, changes to dinosaur wrangling, and more contracts. The Biosyn Dominion expansion will be released on June 14th.