‘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!

Available Now From Author Ethan Pettus: ‘Primitive War II – Animus Infernal’!

The sequel novel to Jurassic fan Ethan Pettus’ first novel ‘Primitive War‘ is available now! The novel is titled ‘Primitive War II – Animus Infernal’.

In case you missed the first novel in the series, ‘Primitive War’ is set at the height of the Vietnam War and tells the story of a search and rescue team known as Vulture Squad. The team is sent into an isolated jungle valley to uncover the fate of a missing platoon. As they hunt through the primordial depths of the valley, they discover ancient horrors that not only threaten to unravel their minds, but to end their lives as well.

The implosion of a particle accelerator in Cold War era Angola begins the story of ‘Primitive War II – Animus Infernal’. Two Angolan bounty hunters must lead an elite dinosaur-tracking team called Stalker Force to the heart of the implosion in order to contain a prehistoric outbreak. As the men devolve in their struggle to survive an inhospitable lost world, the landscape of the earth as we know it is changed forever by… the Primitive War.

This sequel novel presents an enticing new story for fans of dinosaurs, time travel, and historical fiction. The first ‘Primitive War’ novel was both thrilling and terrifying, combining ancient horrors with modern combat drama. ‘Primitive War – Animus Infernal’ takes those elements to the next level, and is an awesome new dinosaur story that Jurassic fans will love.

Also available now is the episodic short story anthology ‘Primitive War Dispatches – The Hunting of Stalker Force’, which serves as a bridge between the two novels, along with ‘The Primitive War Bestiary’, which is a field guide illustrated by Bruno Hernandez. The audiobook version of ‘Primitive War’, recorded by Wayne June, is also being released in January 2021!

In even more exciting future release news, a brand new graphic novel adaptation of ‘Primitive War’ is currently in the works! This will be an excellent way for fans to visualize the novel’s vicious carnivores and thrilling action sequences like never before. The adaptation’s stunning colors and frames are being brought to life by writer Ethan Pettus, illustrator Babisu Kourtis, colorist Maja Opacic, and letterer Taylor Esposito. The five-issue first volume of the adaptation is currently being drafted simultaneously with a KickStarter campaign and conversations with publishers.

Thanks to the generosity of author Ethan Pettus, Jurassic Outpost is able to showcase exclusive images and pages from the upcoming graphic novel. Check them out below!

‘Primitive War – Animus Infernal’ is now available on paperback and Kindle through Amazon!

You can find ‘Primitive War Dispatches – The Hunting of Stalker Force’ on Amazon here, and ‘The Primitive War Bestiary’ here.

The original ‘Primitive War’ novel can be found here, and two preview chapters from the new ‘Primitive War’ audiobook can be found here.

Will you be purchasing this new dinosaur novel and any of the exciting new tie-in materials? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’ Season 2 Coming January 22 – New Trailer!

Adapt. Evolve. Survive. Everything’s at stake in the new ‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’ season 2 trailer, which will drop on Netflix on January 22nd!

Last season ended with the Camp Cretaceous kids trying to escape the island, only to reach the dock and find out they had been left behind. In the season 2 trailer, we see Darius, Yaz, Brooklynn, Kenji, and Sammy working together to figure out how to survive on an island inhabited by dinosaurs. The group heads for Main Street to find a phone, only to find the T.rex has set up her new lair there! This season promises more human-dinosaur interactions (some filled with danger) including compys, brachiosaurus, T.rex, baryonyx, ceratosaurus, sinoceratops, parasaurolophus, ankylosaurus, and many more! The trailer doesn’t feature, possibly everyone’s favorite character, Bumpy, who we last saw approaching an unconscious Ben who was separated from the rest of the campers last season.

What challenges will the campers face in season 2? Will Ben and Bumpy reunite with the rest of the group? Who else is on the island?

Let us know your theories and thoughts in the comments!

Universal Orlando Resort Releases First Look at Jurassic World ‘Velocicoaster’ Ride Vehicles!

“I don’t get it. It says InGen on the side of that ride vehicle!”

Universal Orlando Resort released a first look at what park guests will be riding in when the Jurassic World Velocicoaster becomes a reality next year:

The reveal video describes the vehicles as “designed for speed” and “engineered for the hunt”, seemingly comparing them to a predatory velociraptor pursuing its prey.

The ride vehicles are strikingly futuristic and feature sleek proportions, bright lights on the headrests and front areas, and a shiny canvas of that signature ‘Jurassic World’ blue. The iconic Jurassic T. rex skeleton logo and the InGen company logo adorn the side and rear sections of the vehicles.

Gregory Hall, who has been responsible for creative and art direction on the Velocicoaster, shared more official images of the ride vehicles on Twitter shortly after the announcement:

The ride vehicles certainly look to be equipped for top speeds that will excite theme park and Jurassic fans alike. While their design aligns with the bright, modern aesthetic of the Mercedes vehicles and other designs that we have seen in ‘Jurassic World’ and beyond, it is a bit distanced from the established rugged, jungle safari theme found in previous Jurassic rides and attractions.

What do you think of the Jurassic World Velocicoaster ride vehicles? How excited are you for the ride to open next summer? One thing is for sure: we can’t wait to experience the Velocicoaster when it opens to the public Summer 2021.

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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!

Jurassic World Café Coming to Southeast Asia + Fan-Made Animated Short Prequel Film ‘Jurassic Park: Chronicle’

The people of Singapore will be getting a fun surprise this November as Universal brings a Jurassic World themed restaurant to ION Sky, a popular tourist destination in the capital city. Located 56 floors up in the ION Orchard shopping mall, the dino-centered pop-up will serve premium menu items amongst the backdrop of the Singapore city skyline.

The new diner will feature a variety of Jurassic themed menu offerings, including a Jurassic World Burger, Volcano Curry, and Nasi Lemak. Keep an eye out for some fancy dessert choices too, like Geologic Parfaits and Lava Cookies.

The restaurant also plans to offer more festive themed dishes as we approach the Christmas season. Limited edition merchandise will also be available for purchase, including LEGO sets, keychains, and Snap Squad figures.

The pop-up is a collaboration between Universal Brand Development, 1-Group, ION Orchard, and PARCO – a licensee of the Jurassic World Café. The café opens its doors on November 6, 2020 and will serve hungry customers until January 3, 2021.

It will be open daily from 11am to 10pm, and reservations are highly encouraged. Anybody feeling like taking a trip to Singapore? Gives us your best Jurassic themed food ideas in the comments below!

And while your mouth is watering at the photos above, be sure to also check out Jurassic Park: Chronicle, an Italian short film based on the Jurassic Park saga!

This short is a prequel to the first movie and “blends adventure with mystery, telling the story of Garrison Eriksen, a journalist who’s heard rumors about suspicious activities occurring on an island off the coast of Costa Rica. He arrives at Isla Nublar to investigate and soon regrets it.”

The animated short film is available to watch above, and you can find more information at the official website and on the team’s Facebook page! Let us know in the comments section down below what you think of Jurassic Park: Chronicle!

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: Camp Cretaceous’ Season Two Teaser – Comes 2021!

Baryonyx, Ceratosaurs, and Tyrannosaurs – oh my! The trailer for Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous Season 2 is here, and it is not shy about bringing new dinosaur species to the table.

Making its debut ahead of the New York Comic Con panel later today, the trailer is available on YouTube below:

As we predicted in our recent season two video, we will be seeing the original T. rex on Main Street, and we can see that the campers do indeed head back there, and spend some time in T. rex Kingdom.

A Baryonyx was also revealed in the teaser, and this ties to the recent Mattel toy reveals showing three individual Baryonyx – Grim, Limbo, and Chaos.

The gang may have survived the initial Indominus Rex attack, but they now have a lot more to contend with in the deep jungles of Isla Nublar. With the security systems down and the fences broken, dinosaurs are now free.

One of the species making an appearance will be the Ceratosaurus who first made her appearance in everybody’s favourite Jurassic Park 3.

Be sure to check out our full gallery of screenshots below and stay tuned for more information as it drops!

Let us know what you thought of the teaser and will you be watching season two of Camp Cretaceous when it releases in 2021?

‘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!