Posted by ChrisLikesDinos - Monday 09 November 2015 at 01:10AM - 14 Comments
Back in June a rumor surfaced that Cryptic Studios Seattle would be closing, and that they were working on an open-world Jurassic World video game. Unfortunately, it was confirmed shortly after that the studio had shut down. While the Jurassic game evidence was always fleeting, there was enough to logically conclude that the rumor was true.
The original information, which came from Reddit, described the game as such:
‘I got to see some screenshots of Cryptic Studio's newest game, which was based on Jurassic World. It was a 3rd person game where the player controlled Chris Pratt's character. Several dinosaurs from the series were going to be in it including: Gallimimus, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor, Spinosaurus and Baryonyx.
Not quite sure what you would have done in the game other than it being described as being similar to 'H1Z1.' Early Access on Steam would have come out soon but that's all the info I know.’
Today, assets have surfaced from numerous ex-cryptic artists that can all but confirm the games existence, even if they don’t outright say it’s a Jurassic game. Ironically, some of these have been online in demo reels for 5 months, but were simply unnoticed until now.
Further, artists from Cryptic shared highres images of dinosaur models, some of which, like the Baryonyx, utilize designs similiar to those by Julius Csotonyi made for JurassicWorld.com . Also included are images of characters from the game, with none other than Chris Pratt as Owen. Check out some of the images below!
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An artists shed’s some more information about the game:
Cryptic Studios (Perfect World)
June 2014 - June 2015 (1 year) | Seattle, WA, United States of America
I worked as both a creature artist and an environment artist for an unannounced project. I created numerous creatures from scratch, and helped out with assets/textures for an open-world environment. Created props, foliage & modular architecture. My duties : Zbrush, Model, Texture, Skinning, Collision, LODs, Level Editing
Looking back to another artists, she shares that the ‘unannounced project’ was built utilizing Unreal Engine 4, and was planned for release on Steam, Xbox Live and PSN. The game was likely digital only, and probably would have retailed for somewhere between $19.99 - $39.99 - however, from the videos and assets above it seems they were sparing no expense while bringing this Jurassic world to life.
This story is bittersweet; while we get to see some really cool unreleased Jurassic World game bits, it’s weighed down by the fact that these talented artists and many more were layed off when the studio shut down. Hopefully they all land on their feet and find a new job soon, if they haven’t already. As for the game, lets hope Universal finds a way to bring it back from extinction. A good Jurassic game is long overdue, and this seemed to be a great concept that would have been a hit with fans across the board.
Huge thanks to @romainrevert who linked me to one of the pages! Be sure to give him a follow - he's one of the talented artists at Illumination Entertainment, and has worked on films such as Minions!
As always, stay tuned for the latest news. It’s a very special Dinovember, and we’re sure more is on its way. If you ever have news or information to share, such as details about this game, don’t hesitate to tweet or email us! Until then, be sure to comment below and share your thoughts on this Jurassic game, and what you would like to see in the future.
Names and images removed at the requests of the artists as the information reguarding their origin is speculation on our part.
Nick Robinson says the Apatosaurus was the LAST animatronic in the franchise
Posted by Jack DLM - Tuesday 03 November 2015 at 02:14PM - 8 Comments
In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins, who played Zach and Gray in Jurassic World, stated that the animatronic Apatosaurus would be the last animatronic used in the franchise.
This news comes as quite a shock to those hoping for more animatronics after the success of the film, and seems to pull the new trilogy even further away from the original three films, which were always praised for their use of visual effects mixed with animatronic dinosaurs.
Check out the video below from 0:20 seconds in:
After stating that it was a nod to Stan Winston and everything he did for the first three films, Nick says: "I think that's going to be one of the last animatronics they ever make actually." with Ty confirming, "Yeah, that's what Colin said, last dinosaur animatronic."
Now obviously we have not heard this directly from Colin himself or anyone who makes these decisions, but with Jurassic World's heavy reliance on visual effects and computer generated dinosaurs, it seems fitting that the franchise would head in this direction.
I was very much hoping that due to the unexpected success of Jurassic World, the production team would consider more animatronics in the sequel, to bring back that realism and interaction with the dinosaurs which made the first film so great.
The Apatosaurus scene in Jurassic World was one of my favourites, and showed how perfectly Legacy Effects' animatronics and ILM's visual effects can blend seemlessly.
Later in the video above, Bryce Dallas Howard reveals that the late Michael Crichton's 6 year old son was on set and was present for the filming of the Apatosaurus scene. When he saw the animatronic, he believed it was real. How beautiful is that?
We have reached out for an official confirmation on this.
Thanks to Brycenator and JPLegacy for finding this!
Jurassic World on Pace to Become Year's Best-Selling Home Entertainment Release!
Posted by RyanJPShu - Sunday 01 November 2015 at 01:21AM - 3 Comments
Just over a week after Jurassic World's release on DVD and Blu-Ray, it's no surprise that Variety is reporting the Dino-Mega-Hit is on pace to become this year's best selling home entertainment release!!!
After blowing away the box-office this summer, both physical and digital formats are estimated to have generated $82.6 million and counting! At this point, the Blu-Ray is gaining so much popularity that it could become the largest live-action Blu-Ray release in history, and Universal's most popular release!
The previous best-selling release this year was Disneys, "Big Hero Six" - in which Jurassic World outpaced it in it's first week by 25%... meaning Dinosaurs have once again become the most dominant species on the face of this planet.
Which format of Jurassic World do you plan on buying?! Tell us in the comments section and be sure to keep it right here for all your 'Jurassic' news!
J.A. Bayona Was Being Eyed to Direct Jurassic World 2
Posted by Sandy - Friday 30 October 2015 at 10:07PM - 6 Comments
Acclaimed director J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphange) was very recently being eyed as the director for Jurassic World 2. The Hollywood Reporter has reported that he was being looked at for the gig while his next project (World War Z 2) was stuck in re-writes.
However, these rumours seemingly have urged Paramount to bring on new writers to script the sequel to World War Z, in an effort to get the project moving forward sooner rather than later to keep J.A. Bayona attached.
J.A. Bayona is squarely on board to direct, though rumors surfaced recently that his involvement was on thin ice after being eyed to direct the Jurassic World follow-up. Sources say there was little Bayona could do given that he has a holding deal for World War Z 2, but the Jurassic World 2 overtures helped light a flame under Paramount to keep Bayona happy and get a new script in motion with the fanboy-friendly writer.
Despite Bayona being an excellent choice for the next Jurassic movie, it is unlikley that we will direct it as World War Z 2 comes out a year before Jurassic World 2, in June 2017.
What are your thoughts on this potential director? Who would you like to see direct the sequel to Jurassic World? Let us know in the comments section below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter