‘Jurassic World: Aftermath’ Out Now on Oculus VR Platforms (and We’ve Been Playing It)!

At long last, a Jurassic World game that is not mobile-exclusive or a park builder has arrived! ‘Jurassic World: Aftermath’ is an immersive VR survival adventure game hitting platforms like the recently released Oculus Quest 2, featuring plenty of Dino-action, and compelling storytelling.

Check out the launch trailer below!

We’ve been playing this game the last couple of days, and will have plenty of exciting content hitting our YouTube channel soon – but until then, here are some of the basics you need to know:

‘Jurassic World: Aftermath’ is set 2 years after the events of Jurassic World, prior to events of Fallen Kingdom. You play as Sam, a voiceless protagonist serving as an avatar to the players, who was hired for an illegal asset retrieval mission on Isla Nublar. You were hired by Dr. Mia Everett, an ex Jurassic World geneticist who worked under Dr. Henry Wu. Everett accompanies you to the island and watches your every move via a body camera, all while speaking to and advising you as you explore (think Halo’s Cortana to Master Chief – only if the Chiefs main talent was hacking computers, and hiding in storage lockers).

Dr. Everett’s past with Dr. Wu comes into play throughout the story, as their time working at the park was mired with admiration, tension, and spite. Working on the Velociraptor genetics program together, they eventually butted heads and had a falling out – which could mean life or death on the island as Everett tries to salvage the mysterious operation, and figure out just who she can call for help.

This game is lore rich, with fantastic voice acting by Laura Bailey (Everett), BD Wong (Wu), and Jeff Goldblum (Malcolm). The story has everything to do with Velociraptors, and there is a lot to discover within – including some reveals that may have relevance in 2022’s Jurassic World Dominion. There is a lot to unpack there, and we will have more in-depth coverage soon!

The gameplay is focused on navigating the facilities (including the canonically important, and expanded universe favorite Geothermal Power Plant), getting certain system back online to unlock doors, access computers, and try to survive – all while dodging three Velociraptors. If you’re wondering where these new raptors came from, why they look different, and why they behave differently, worry not – the game has compelling answers for all those questions within the story.

This game has zero combat elements: your tool is your wit, using computer systems to distract the raptors as you crawl through vents, take cover behind tables, or hide within lockers all while hacking into computer systems, or looking for items needed to progress. You also have a flashlight, which you can use to spook the occasional Dilophosaurus, which will try ambush you from ventilation openings. All of this leads to exciting ‘raptors in the kitchen’ like moments of cat and mouse tactics, much like Alien Isolation at a smaller scale and budget.

While this games budget is notably smaller, the voice acting is top tier, as is the music. The story is incredibly compelling – and certainly seems to be canon – but shorter, and clearly episodic, with an expansion coming in 2021. The cel shaded visuals looks crisp, though I really can’t help but wonder if a more realistic style would have been better positioned for the VR format. After-all, it’s all about breaking the confines of a screen and bringing that world to life for the player. Thankfully, the gameplay is well polished, and that’s what really matters.

If you have a VR capable device, or are planning to pick something like the Oculus Quest 2 already, this game is not to be missed for Jurassic story fans (Side bar: also pick up Vader Immortal and SuperHot — they really are must-haves for the VR platform. They made me a believer.). If you’re waiting for more information, fair play as well! Be sure to stay tuned to Jurassic Outpost, where we will have in-depth video coverage coming, including a Quest 2 unboxing, lore videos, and a formal review in the days to come!

Sam Neill Confirms: GIGANOTOSAURUS to Debut in ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’

Jurassic World: Dominion won’t hit theaters until June 2022, but we just got a large and very exciting update. While on the press tour for his upcoming movie ‘Rams’, Sam Neill (aka Dr. Alan Grant, the dinosaur man himself) revealed a giant surprise: the new big bad dinosaur of the third Jurassic World film will be none other than Giganotosaurus.

In the interview, Neill says,

“I’ve just had the last five months working with dinosaurs, and it was really fun to do. We have a dinosaur called a Giganotosaurus … Apparently that’s the biggest dinosaur that’s ever been discovered. And, you know, it could eat you in a second if the guys on the controls didn’t like you.”

So, not only is a massive new dinosaur making its entrance into the Jurassic franchise, a full-size animatronic will make its presence even more terrifying in the film. As Neill said, the Giganotosaurus could swallow him whole if the team of puppeteers were feeling particularly murderous.

While Giganotosaurus has not yet appeared in a Jurassic Park or Jurassic World film, it is not without its heritage within the franchise. Most notably, early Indominus Rex designs, then known as the Malusaurus, looked strikingly similar to the towering titan.

The Giganotosaurus also appeared in early concept art for Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom.

Giganotosaurus was a Carcharodontosaur, one of the largest theropods to ever walk the earth. It lived roughly 98 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous period, and roamed what is now Argentina. Most modern estimates have it as large as a Tyrannosaur, though many posit that it grew even larger. Giganotosaurus didn’t live in the same time period or geographical area as T. rex, but we wouldn’t be surprised if this giant dinosaur crosses paths with a T. rex or another species now that it’s joining the roster of de-extinct creatures in the Jurassic franchise.

As for who cloned this dinosaur, we’re not sure, as it’s never appeared on InGen’s lists. However, its DNA contributing to the Indominus Rex suggests they at least had incomplete genomes of the animal. That being said, we firmly believe this animal is not from InGen’s lab, and is likely BioSyn’s crowned gem.

Check out our video below for a full breakdown of Sam Neill’s interview, the species reveal, the animatronic, and more.

It might be a long wait until 2022, but we cannot wait to learn more about the third Jurassic World film and the Giganotosaurus. Does this species reveal increase your excitement for ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’?

Let us know in the comments below, and check out our YouTube channel for more Jurassic content, including everything we know about Jurassic World: Dominion so far!

‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Officially Wraps Shooting

After 18 months of filming amidst stringent Covid-19 safety protocols and countless delays, Jurassic World Dominion has officially wrapped. Director Colin Trevorrow took to social media today announcing the news and praising the hard work his cast and crew contributed to the project.

While speaking with reporters with Deadline, Trevorrow said “there are a lot of emotions” involved with wrapping this movie. He says he is grateful to everyone who worked on the film and felt they all “made a family.“I’m not sure I can put it into words,” continues Trevorrow. “It has been remarkable. Our crew and our cast has been so resilient. All producers have worked around the clock to make it the best it can be. It has been inspiring.”

Dominion was famously the first major studio film to go back into production despite the ongoing pandemic. In an effort to promote safety and keep workers healthy, Universal spent roughly 7 million dollars on increased safety protocols alone.

These precautions included: 1,800 Covid-related signs across production studios, 150 hand sanitizer stations, and a commissioned private medical facility overseeing the entire project. Over 40,000 Covid-19 tests were administered with only .25% returning positive over the course of the shoot.

In a bit of rumor news, the Deadline article also reports that newcomer DeWanda Wise “could have a big role in future instalments.” What those installments look like is anyone’s guess at this point, but it leaves us hopeful for the future of Jurassic storytelling. Keep an eye on Jurassic Outpost for more news on that in the future!

The film is set to release June 10, 2022. Trevorrow has also been notably gracious to fans around Thanksgiving in previous years, so be on the lookout for a drop of potential footage around then.

Where would you like to see Jurassic go in the future? Are you excited about all the news that has come out of principal production? Let us know in the comments below!

Everything We Know About ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ So Far!

With Jurassic World: Dominion now delayed until June 10, 2022, we thought it would be a great time to compile everything we know about the movie so far, and what we can expect to see when Dominion finally hits theaters!

How crucial are BioSyn to the story and are they a threat to our main characters? Have they bred their own dinosaurs or have they spliced the DNA of multiple species to create new hybrids? In this video we examine the evidence and look at set photos that reveal some of the locations we will get to see!

Spoiler Warning: This video uses both official set photos and leaked set photos that have circulated online, so if you’re avoiding any form of spoiler for this movie, best to skip this one! We do not reveal any large story spoilers or anything that you won’t have seen in teases, interviews, and photos. Check out the video below!

With a very large cast list revealed on the poster, and filming from Canada to Socotra to Malta, Jurassic World: Dominion will feature a varied number of locations that are new for the franchise, and show us dinosaurs in environments that we’ve never seen them before, alongside all new characters – and Jurassic Park veterans.

How excited are you for Dominion, and do you think it’s shaping up to be the movie you want to see? Do let us know in the comments section down below, and check out our YouTube channel for more Jurassic content, including a wealth of Camp Cretaceous videos!

First Look at Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World: Dominion!

That’s, uh, chaos. Jeff Goldblum has shared an image of himself as Dr. Ian Malcolm, on the set of Jurassic World: Dominion, recreating his iconic pose from Jurassic Park. Take a look below!

Ok, so let’s get the inevitable out of the way – while this is on the set of the third Jurassic World film, and he is in costume, this picture is clearly something they staged for fun and is not in the movie. That said, if they somehow found a way to pull it off we might allow it. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s just appreciate how full on classic Jurassic the chaotician looks here.

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‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ production “pauses” after Coronavirus scare

Just one day after the news broke that Jurassic World: Dominion would be shifting it’s release date a full year to June 10, 2022, director Colin Trevorrow took to Twitter today to announce that production was hitting “pause” for two weeks after what appears to be a few false positive tests for the Coronavirus on set.

The good news it that those that tested positive were re-tested and tested negative, so that would mean there is no actual current spread of the virus on set. However due to the safety protocols that Universal spent $5 million to set up, it seems it requires production to be suspended automatically for two weeks.

Any stoppage for production is not good and I am sure is annoying for the filmmakers, but the good news is this should have little to no impact on the film itself. There are only three weeks of shooting left and even with this delay, will still be wrapped up be early November. With the release date change to 2022 they will have far more than enough time for post-production.

Included with Trevorrow’s tweet about the production “pause” was what appears to be an animatronic Lystrosaurus (wearing a mask). With little hairs on the skin, this mammal-like reptile lived 250 million years ago in the the late Permian and Early Triassic periods. Could this be something that Lewis Dodgson cooked up in his Biosyn lab? (UPDATE: Director Colin Trevorrow confirmed on Twitter it is indeed a Lystrosaurus)

What are your thoughts on production pausing for two weeks? Also what do you think of what appears to be a Lystrosaurus? Let us know in the comments below!

‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Moves Release Date to 2022 and Drops Official Teaser Poster

As we speculated yesterday as a possibility became a reality today, as Jurassic World: Dominion has changed it’s release date. Originally slated for June 11, 2021, the film will now come out one year later on June 10, 2022. The news of the film changing dates was first reported by Variety and later confirmed by the official Jurassic World Twitter and Director Colin Trevorrow.

“Jurassic World: Dominion,” which shut down filming in March due to the pandemic, was one of the first major movies to resume production. The studio took intense measures to keep the set free of coronavirus, including frequent testing, temperature checks and isolating the cast. The cost of these protocols are expected to run in the $5 million range, according to insiders. “Jurassic World: Dominion” hasn’t completed filming yet, though sources say its about three weeks from wrapping.

Check out the new poster below:

Included with the news of the new date, the first official teaser poster was released as seen above. Featuring the classic black backdrop of the previous films teaser posters, it features a large circle made of amber with the iconic T. rex skeleton.

The poster also lists the extremely large cast across the top including Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard and also Jurassic Park stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum. Our opinion is this is a very nice teaser poster and one that will for sure get fans excited. It is a simple design but very effective.

While it is likely the news of the delay is disappointing for fans, it will not only hopefully allow the movie theater landscape to recover from the pandemic, but it will also give the filmmakers extra post-production time to bring us the absolute best version of the movie as possible and not rush special effects to meet an accelerated deadline.

What do you think of the new release date of June 10, 2022 for Jurassic World: Dominion? Are you upset, relieved or neutral? Also what do you think of the official teaser poster? Let us know in the comments below!

Could Jurassic World: Dominion change release date?

June 11, 2021. That was the release date announced for Jurassic World: Dominion back in February of 2018, nearly four months before Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom even hit global theaters. Here we are a little over two and a half years later and that still remains the scheduled release date. But could a change for the release date be on the horizon? There has been no official word or announcement for a change, but we strongly feel that something is likely inevitable for several reasons.

Before we dive into why we feel a change of the release date is coming, let’s first note that the date of June 11, 2021 is a perfect date for Dominion as it is exactly 28 years after the original film, Jurassic Park, hit theaters on June 11, 1993. Viewed as the conclusion of a six film story arc, though more films in the series are likely to come, Dominion sharing the June 11th date with the original film gave the fans a little extra nostalgic excitement.

So why might Dominion decide to shift dates? The biggest factor is Covid-19, the virus that has spread around the world causing the current pandemic this planet is dealing with. Movie theaters have closed for extended periods of time, some have re-opened only to close again and some have shut their doors for good as they couldn’t handle the financial blow. Film studios have delayed most films scheduled to hit theaters in 2020 and all films currently under production shut down in March, and only a few have resumed filming.

Dominion was no different as they had to shut down production on March 13th and after spending $5 million for new safety protocols that included testing of cast and crew on a consistent basis and constantly sanitizing the set, production resumed on July 6th. It was actually the first major Hollywood film to resume filming, and a few others started back up shortly after. As of today it is believed that Dominion has only a few more weeks of filming and should be wrapped by the end of October. There have been no major delays since filming resumed in July, but that has not been the case of all Hollywood movies that returned. Shortly after resuming, Warner Brothers’ The Batman had to re-shut down production for a couple weeks after star Robert Pattinson got Covid-19.

The four month delay in filming alone for Dominion had many fans and media outlets speculating that the film might see a delay in it’s theatrical release. Director Colin Trevorrow just last month though told the French entertainment website Premiere that the filming schedule remained right on time despite the four month postponement. Coupled with the fact that filming has seemed to run smoothly since returning and Universal has maintained June 11, 2021 as the release date, it has a lot of people thinking the film will still hit on that date.

So it seems the film itself has enough time to be finished properly in time for June, but there are several more factors that might just knock it out of that spot. Another major reason is all the shifting of films that were scheduled for 2020 that are now in 2021 and other films in 2021 that have been delayed weeks and months. For the most part film studios, when shifting their other films, have steered clear of Dominion’s release date. However some news that broke just a few days ago could be one of the biggest signs of a potential move as Fast and Furious 9, which originally was scheduled for this past May, had been delayed until April 2021 but now has shifted again to May 28, 2021. That is only two weeks prior to Dominion’s release.

That is a potential big deal as Fast and Furious 9 is also a Universal Pictures film and the idea that studio would release films from their two biggest franchises just 14 days apart seems extremely unlikely. Especially not when both films, in a non-pandemic world are all but guaranteed to gross $1 billion+ worldwide. There might be a chance Universal could be OK with the third weekend of Fast and Furious 9 going against the opening weekend of Dominion, but the potential box office haul for both films could take a hit as both films have a similar target audience. That doesn’t seem like something a studio would be willing to risk with two of their own films when they could easily put a bigger span of weeks between releases. Which makes us think that Universal might have already decided to relocate Dominion to a later date prior to announcing the Fast and Furious 9 date shift, but has yet to publicly announce it.

The other big factor is the movie theater landscape itself. Many theaters are struggling to stay afloat and with Disney moving tentpole films, like Black Widow to 2021, some are expected to close and might never re-open. There was talk earlier this year that almost 40% of all movie theaters in China might close permanently and there is a fear that could also be the case domestically. A lot of theaters that are still open, showing the one or two new films that did release recently or pulling classic films out the archive are operating at limited capacity, most seemingly in the 25% range. If the pandemic is not completely over by June 2021, and that means a global vaccine that is deemed safe and easily readily available to everyone, theaters might remained closed or continue to operate a low capacity. For a film like Dominion that would likely be expected to have a domestic opening north of $150 million or possibly even closer to $200 million, that could greatly damage those returns. Would Universal be better to delay the film’s release until after pandemic and get the full opening or settle for an opening that sadly might be 25-50% of what it could have made?

The best possible news for Dominion in this current world we live in is that like we noted above, filming is likely to wrap by the end of the month. As long as filming faces no major bumps during these next few weeks, the film will be in the can and it goes completely into post-production. Productions that are still underway or in pre-production have the biggest uncertainty as they never know if Covid-19 might them and force a shut down or potentially force certain films to never even be made. There will be some relief that that all that will remain is post-production and the sets, locations, tight quarters of filming will be concluded.

If Dominion does indeed shift dates as we feel there is a strong chance it will, when might we see it in theaters? There are a few options that could prove to be more ideal. Could it move one month into July? Maybe not, unless other films move again, as July 2021 is pretty much jammed pack with the likes of Top Gun: Maverick, Minions: The Rise of Gru, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Jungle Cruise. After July, a blockbuster the size of a Jurassic film would likely either shift to the following Summer or maybe go a different route and target the Holiday season.

Universal’s marketing could choose to use the icy locals of Dominion to help push the film into the cold months of November or December. Avatar 2 was originally scheduled for December 17, 2021 but has since moved to December 16, 2022 because of Covid-19 related delays to their production. While the third Spider-Man film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe moved into the December 17th date currently, if Dominion would decide to move there, it is likely Spider-Man would shift again.

The safest move and the one that probably makes the most sense is for Dominion to just move completely out of 2021 and shift an entire year. In May of this year, during the height of the pandemic, Universal made sure to claim the date of June 10, 2022 for an “event film”. It almost feels like Universal might have been thinking ahead for Jurassic, claiming the second Friday in June, just like 1993’s Jurassic Park and 2015’s Jurassic World had. While a full year delay would greatly disappoint fans, especially since the film will enter post-production next month and the release would change from being just 8 months away to 20 months away. But it wouldn’t be an unheard of move in Hollywood right now, films such as Black Widow, Jungle Cruise, Fast and Furious 9, A Quiet Place Part II, Godzilla Vs Kong and Halloween Kills to name a few all moved a year or more due to the pandemic.

Right now the release date remains June 11, 2021, but there are some signs starting to mount that it might not remain there. Do you think it will keep it’s current release date? Or you think it will move? If so, when would be a good time for it to be released in your opinion? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section down below!

Julianne Moore has never been asked to reprise role of Dr. Sarah Harding in Jurassic sequels

In an interview with Collider, talking about her upcoming film The Glorias, actress Julianne Moore let it be known that she would be on board to return to the Jurassic franchise, but up to this moment she has not been asked.

After starring as Dr. Sarah Harding in 1997’s second installment, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, there has been no in film mention of what happened to or became of her character.

“Yeah, Sarah Harding. Maybe she’s not done yet. I don’t know. But no one has approached me. That’s ok! But if they did? Yeah, sure! Of course, of course!

In The Lost World: Jurassic Park, it is mentioned that Sarah Harding flew to Costa Rica shortly after the 1993 accident on Isla Nublar to visit Dr. Ian Malcolm in the hospital to find out if the rumors were true about an island full of dinosaurs. The two would form a personal relationship and after being recruited by John Hammond in 1997 to visit Isla Sorna, Site B, with a team to document the dinosaurs, Malcolm reluctantly agrees to go also to the island in an attempt to rescue her.

While documenting alone on Sorna prior to the rest of the team joining her, she discovers why the dinosaurs have have survived without without being given supplemental enzymes since they were bred lysine-deficient. Sarah also plays a key role in capturing the male T-Rex that escapes from the S.S. Venture and runs wild in the streets of San Diego.

So what happened to Sarah in the last 23 years? Is she still an Animal Behaviorist and Paleontologist? Is she still interested in seeing living dinosaurs up close? Do her and Malcolm still have a relationship? Apparently these answers will not come in Jurassic World: Dominion, at least not in the format of her being on screen. It would seem that her expertise could come in handy in a modern world where dinosaurs are roaming free globally.

Are you disappointed that Julianne Moore as never been asked back for a Jurassic sequel? Would you like to see her return at some point in the future, possibly in a Jurassic Park 7? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section down below!

Fresh Updates on Jurassic World: Dominion Production and The Original Trio Back Together Again!

If recent information on the production of Jurassic World Dominion is to believed, then everything behind the scenes appears to be going surprisingly smoothly despite the additional COVID-related restrictions on the production.

A recent article from The Hollywood Reporter has explored how Hollywood has been adapting to shooting in the middle of the pandemic – and, as a part of the article, the Universal Pictures team debuted two brand-new set photographs from the production.

The first photograph, which appears to be from filming at Pinewood Studios, shows a massive, snowy mountain and frozen lake which has been constructed for the actors to perform in front of. Interestingly, the scale of this location is quite surprising as we would usually see an environment like this rendered in post-production, so we do wonder if there is more to the way this environment will be used in the upcoming production.

The second photograph, which appears to be from the second-unit in Malta, shows a dark and dingy looking environment filled with an assortment of shady-looking characters. Whilst we don’t get much more insight into the context of these photographs, we do get some insight into how production has been going, thanks to a statement from producer Patrick Crowley:

“When you get up and running, you realize that you need to go over and talk to that crew person and say, ‘Buddy, put the mask up over your nose.’ Or you find the three guys who are just 18 inches away from each other talking about what a great time they had last weekend, and you have to break it up,” says the movie’s producer Patrick Crowley.

“We have people who are hired to do nothing but go, ‘You need to get 2 meters away from him,’ because you know that the success of the show and the likelihood of them continuing to have jobs in the industry is dependent on that.” The film’s cast and crew are not only staying in a nearby hotel bought out by the studio in an effort to maintain a quarantine bubble, they’re also tested three times a week. To date, the production has processed a whopping 27,000 COVID-19 tests over the course of the shoot (the hotel staff is tested, too). At roughly $100 a pop, that’s close to $3 million on testing alone. “Universal never blinked,” says Crowley. “They said, ‘You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.’ “

A recent photograph of the original trio, donning appropriate masks for National Register to Vote day, also has fans excited for the upcoming sequel. Indeed, this is the first time we have seen these three actors together for some time – providing an exciting glimpse into what we can expect when Jurassic World Dominion debuts in 2021.

The excitement has been further enhanced by a recent statement from Colin Trevorrow, in an interview with Syfy.

“I think people may be underestimating the size and importance of Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum’s characters in this movie,” the filmmaker told SYFY WIRE during a digital junket for Netflix’s new animated series, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. “It is very much an ensemble and that element, the ability to take these beloved characters from almost 30 years now, and understand how they interact with each other in the context of a world that we’ve really never seen before and have not been able to witness until now. It’s very exciting for me. I’m having the time of my life.”

It is safe to say that we are right in the depths of production on the next sequel – and I think we are all excited to continue to hear even more about production ahead of the first trailer for the new film.

What do you all think? Are you excited? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned for more Jurassic news as soon as we get it!