‘Tis the season for video games to go big and splashy with their marketing campaigns, and Frontier Developments have been marking the release of the Early Cretaceous Pack for Jurassic World Evolution 2 and Update 1 (version 1.2) for the game by beaming some dinosaurs onto the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park.
The Early Cretaceous Pack adds four new prehistoric species to the game, with a mixture of land, marine and flying dinos. They are:
- Kronosaurus is named after the King of the Titans, Kronos, as it is one of the largest ever pliosaurs, a carnivorous species of marine reptiles with powerful, paddle-like flippers to help it capture its prey.
- Dsungaripterus is a small and stout pterosaur, easily identified by its distinctive head crest and its long, upcurved jaw.
- Minmi is a small, tank-like dinosaur belonging to the ankylosaur family. Unlike other ankylosaurians, it has horizontally oriented bone plates running along the sides of its back, making the Minmi well-protected against predators.
- Wuerhosaurus is part of the stegosaurid family of dinosaurs. It sits low to the ground in order to feed on lower vegetation and uses tail spikes as a defence against any potential predators.
The Early Cretaceous Pack will set you back $7.99 across PlayStation, Xbox and PC.
If you’re out and about in London and happen to be walking through Hyde Park – perhaps you’re on the way to Winter Wonderland today? – you might notice an awful lot of spray coming up from the Serpentine lake. Take a closer look and… there’s dinosaurs!
Can any Park Managers identify this Marine Reptile in the Serpentine? pic.twitter.com/fphwZtIE3a
— Jurassic World Evolution 2 (@JW_Evolution) December 8, 2021
Per one of the replies, that might actually be Tiffany!
You’ll be able to visit Tiffany and all the other dinosaurs through the rest of today, the light show and somewhat ill-advised amount of water being sprayed up into the sky running until 10:30PM tonight before Frontier packs it up.
Alongside the Early Cretaceous Pack, Frontier is also pushing Update 1 to improve the game in a range of ways with a number of quality of life changes. In Sandbox Mode you now have access to the Department of Fish and Wildlife and Jurassic Park themed buildings from the story campaign and Chaos Theory modes. Update 1 includes the full set of DFW buildings, while Jurassic Park focusses specifically on Lagoons and Aviaries, so you can have marine and flying reptiles in a JP-era Sandbox.
Also drawn from the campaign, you now have access to the Arizona desert, Washington State mountains, Pennsylvania airport, Orgon forests and Yosemite National Park available in Sandbox. Sandbox levels can now be ‘flattened’ to make them completely flat and devoid of trees to let you modify the map’s topography and flora how you see fit.
Flying creatures will now perch on rocks places in an Aviary, there’s been some balance changes to storms and disease outbreaks to be less frequent, and dino-fights will be reduced with tweaks to the Dominance stat. The game will have new accessibility features with different subtitle colours for each speaker, an adjustable autosave frequency, and the ability to pause during cutscenes.
In our review for Jurassic World Evolution 2, Dom wrote: “Jurassic World Evolution 2 is bigger, better, and bolder, and smooths off some of the original’s rough edges. Frontier has tinkered with the management sim aspects, and brought in a canonical campaign into the mix that follows directly on from the events in Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom, but the dinosaurs remain the star of the show. If you’re a fan of the franchise – and really, who doesn’t love uncontrollable carnivores? – then Jurassic World Evolution 2 is a perfect sequel.”
Jurassic World Evolution 2: Early Crustaceous pack will be available on PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One.
Source: press release