Jurassic World Evolution 2 Dominion Biosysn Expansion Preview: More Dinos, More Features
Jurassic World Evolution 2 is about to get even bigger with the Dominion Biosyn expansion. The upcoming DLC features new content based on the highly anticipated Jurassic World Dominion and is set to launch alongside it later this week. Players can expect a new campaign, Chaos Theory scenario, and some additional features that help improve the overall experience.
TheGamer was given the opportunity to go hands-on with the first new campaign mission that sees you work to build a new Biosyn Genetics facility in a beautiful valley. You’ll set up a basic infrastructure before housing a range of dinosaurs, including some we’ve never seen before. Game Director Rich Newbold was also on hand to answer any questions we had about the new content drop.
Biosyn Genetics was introduced to the Jurassic series way back in Jurassic Park when Dennis Nedry attempted to steal dinosaur DNA from InGen using the now-infamous method of an undercover shaving foam can. While the name Biosyn was never mentioned in the movie, it comes from Michael Crichton’s novel where the events pan out in much the same way. Biosyn has, however, been mentioned in Jurassic World Evolution. Now in both the movie and game, Biosyn is ready to take centre stage after the collapse of InGen.
Newbold confirmed that the movie and game are linked, “Jurassic World Evolution 2: Dominion Biosyn Expansion features a new campaign, which expands the story of Jurassic World Dominion” he tells us, “It all takes place inside a stunning valley where players will work alongside a familiar face, Lewis Dodgson, who is now the head of Biosyn Genetics.”
You’re in charge of building a facility that serves as both a dinosaur sanctuary and research centre. This forms the basis of the first new campaign mission, and you’ll be guided by a fully narrated story arc along the way. “In the new campaign, you’ll be working alongside iconic characters from across the franchise including Dr. Alan Grant (voiced by Sam Neill), Dr. Ellie Sattler (voiced by Laura Dern), Claire Dearing (voiced by Bryce Dallas Howard) along with characters from Jurassic World Dominion, such as Lewis Dodgson (voiced by Campbell Scott) and Ramsay Cole (Mamoudou Athie)” confirms Newbold. “Players will work alongside some of our original Jurassic World Evolution characters, too.”
If you’ve been playing for a while, the first thing you’ll notice are the several new features. The first you encounter is the Hyper Loop. This is an underground system of connecting tunnels staff can use to easily move from place to place in safety. Something so obvious you’ll wonder why no one has thought of it before. You basically just link them up underground, allowing staff to travel without fear of sudden dino attacks. The system feels intuitive and simple to use, even when I thought I’d made an error and wouldn’t be able to connect two places together. While everything linked up easily in the scenario we played, things aren’t quite that simple, or safe. “Beware though, certain operations buildings won’t be connectable via this feature, so there’ll still be a risk to staff and guests if any of your dinosaurs do escape,” Newbold warned.
In addition, you can now contain your dinosaurs with invisible fences and gates, providing more visibility of them in their natural environment. Although, sadly, Newbold tells us that they are “Biosyn Genetics technology, inspired by Jurassic World Dominion” and as such, will only be available in the Biosyn Campaign and Sandbox mode.
Alongside these transparent fences, viewing platforms connected to the Hyper Loop can be placed centrally in each enclosure for your researchers. Once again, the central viewing platform is an idea that is surely just common sense when attempting to observe such dangerous creatures. For apparently intelligent people it sure has taken them a long time to think of such basic safety measures, such as using tunnels to travel, since the dinosaurs can’t get down them. Or, at least I hope not. I’m just trying not to think about the Raptors, I still have the scars from last time.
Put those thoughts of tiny dinosaurs chasing you down tunnels aside for now, and make sure you’re paying attention when building as it can be difficult to tell the difference between invisible gates and invisible fences when placed, and you’ll need a fully enclosed fence to provide full access for your staff teams. You’ll also still need to intervene if there are storms or other emergencies that risk bringing your park to a standstill.
The core facilities have different designs but still serve the same purpose. You’ll also still require a road network for the Ranger and MPV teams. However, recently added quality of life adjustments allow you to assign MPV teams to check in on enclosures using the Ranger Post system, making managing outbreaks of disease and dinosaur’s basic needs far easier. You can set up an automated system and then focus on expansion, new enclosures, and reaching your goals. Just make sure to step up when a crisis hits, which it surely will. This is Jurassic World after all.
The final new feature I saw is Amber Mining. This variation on fossil expeditions sees scientists dispatched to multi-level Amber Mines to extract dinosaur DNA at the purest source. This can then be synthesised into new dinosaurs like the Pyroraptor, Therizinosaurus, and Dimetrodon as well as variants of existing dinosaurs based on their movie appearances. These will also enhance play sessions outside of the expansion as Newbold confirms that “All of the fascinating new prehistoric species, including feathered dinosaurs, that are arriving with the Dominion Biosyn Expansion will be available to players in Sandbox Mode and in Challenge Mode.”
While other new content wasn’t shown we did ask Newbold if he could give us a hint. “Alongside the new campaign, there’s also an exciting “what if” scenario inspired by the events of Jurassic World Dominion in Chaos Theory mode,” he says. “You’ll be working alongside Owen Grady to house escaped dinosaurs at his snowy Sierra Nevada ranch with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, fending off rustlers as they attempt to steal dinosaurs by erecting floodlights, building watchtowers and intercepting their vehicles.”
The pack was created in close collaboration with Universal, something the team really enjoyed. “It’s been incredibly exciting! As we’re all super big fans of the Jurassic franchise, and we’ve been really enjoying the excitement seen by fans as the film’s marketing has begun and new trailers, footage or stills from the movie go out,” Newbold explains. “We were lucky enough to get sneak peaks at the film script and were provided with great reference points to ensure all of our new dinosaurs/species were authentic to the awe-inspiring scenes you see in the movie itself. It’s been a great opportunity to work alongside Universal on everything Jurassic World Dominion related, from the environments and the buildings, the dinosaurs and of course bringing such an iconic cast of characters into the game too.”
The campaign we played was certainly fun, and I am eager to play through the rest of the pack to see what surprises remain. A fair warning for those who don’t want movie spoilers, make sure you check out Jurassic World Dominion first, since the content is heavily linked. Also, since I couldn’t let the opportunity pass, I found out that Newbold’s favourite new species is the Dimetrodon. “I love the fin that it has alongside its back and the way it runs around the environment. It’s cute but also terrifying!” he said. I also learned that it’s not technically a dinosaur. Now I can say my experience was educational as well as enjoyable.
Jurassic World Evolution 2: Dominion Biosyn Expansion launches June 14 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One.
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