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Jurassic World Evolution 2 release date: Developer Diary gameplay video provides a clue

Jeff Goldblum returns to remark on your theme park building skills.

Get ready for Jurassic World Evolution 2.

Jurassic World Evolution 2 is in the works over at Frontier Developments, the same company that gave us 2018’s much-loved Jurassic World Evolution theme park simulator game.

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With Jurassic World Evolution 2, Frontier is picking up where Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom left off, with dinosaurs spreading out across the world to experience new habitats – and it’s your job to try to wrangle them!

Once again, there will be a story-driven Campaign mode, where you’ll hear the voices of Jeff Goldblum and Bryce Dallas Howard reprising their roles from the Jurassic Park/Jurassic World movie franchise. There will also be a Sandbox Mode where your creativity can flourish, a Challenge mode that will really test your skills, and a Chaos Theory mode that recreates specific moments from the films.

But when exactly will Jurassic World Evolution 2 come out, and what else do we know about it? Read on to find out.

When is the Jurassic World Evolution 2 release date?

“A world evolved – coming 2021.” Those are the final words you see in the first Jurassic World Evolution 2 trailer, which makes it pretty clear that the game’s release date will occur in 2021.

In a Developer Diary video that arrived online on 21st July, game director Rich Newbold mentioned that more deep dives into the game will be coming “over the next few weeks and months.”

This makes us suspect that the marketing campaign for the game is still in its early stages, meaning that we perhaps shouldn’t expect the Jurassic World Evolution 2 release date to arrive until autumn is upon is – or perhaps it will even be a winter 2021 release. We’ll update this page as soon as we have more details.

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Jurassic World Evolution 2 looks stunning.
Jurassic World Evolution 2 looks stunning.
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Which consoles and platforms can play Jurassic World Evolution 2?

The trailer for Jurassic World Evolution 2 confirms that it is launching on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC, with the PC release being handled by Steam and the Epic Games Store. There’s no word on a Nintendo Switch version just yet, then, but it’s worth remembering that the original game came to Switch around a year and a half on from its original launch. Perhaps the same will happen here.

Can I pre-order Jurassic World Evolution 2?

It doesn’t look like pre-orders have begun yet for Jurassic World Evolution 2, with product pages not yet going live on major retail sites like Amazon and GAME. We’ll be sure to let you know when that changes, though. In the meantime, you can wishlist the game on Steam or the Epic Games Store, if you’re a PC sort of person.

Jurassic World Evolution 2 will follow on from Fallen Kingdom.
Jurassic World Evolution 2 will follow on from Fallen Kingdom.
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Who is in the Jurassic World Evolution 2 cast?

One person who’s confirmed for the Jurassic World Evolution 2 voice cast is Jeff Goldblum, who lent his unmistakable vocal cords to the game’s first trailer. He’ll reprise the role of Dr Ian Malcolm once again, just like he did in the previous game and its DLC.

Bryce Dallas Howard will also lend her voice to the game, reprising her role as Claire Dearing from the Jurassic World movies. And here’s a fun fact for you: Bryce Dallas Howard also appeared in a recent PS5 exclusive puzzle game, called Maquette, which is well worth checking out if you haven’t already.

The previous Jurassic World Evolution game also featured Laura Dern as Dr Ellie Sattler, Sam Neill as Dr Alan Grant and BD Wong as Henry Wu, so we’d hope to see them return as well. Fingers crossed on that front!

Can I see screenshots from Jurassic World Evolution 2?

The Jurassic World Evolution 2 website includes a fair few screenshots from the game, gathered together in an eye-catching gallery, and we’ve dotted a few of them throughout this article for your viewing pleasure. The graphics certainly seem to have gotten a bit of an uptick in quality since the first game, so we’re confident that the final game will look great on a visual level – especially on the new consoles and high-end PCs!

It wouldn't be Jurassic World Evolution 2 without the iconic T-Rex.
It wouldn’t be Jurassic World Evolution 2 without the iconic T-Rex.
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What is the Jurassic World Evolution 2 story?

An official blog post about Jurassic World Evolution 2 sums up the game’s main story like so: “Set immediately after the Earth-shattering events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Campaign mode lets players immerse themselves in an original Jurassic World story as they lead efforts to control, conserve and contain dinosaurs alongside an iconic cast of characters”.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ended, rather memorably, with dinosaurs from Jurassic World being accidentally let loose on mainland America. Picking up where that film left off should present an interesting challenge for players in this game, and it will definitely mean that this game is quite different to its predecessor.

What’s new with Jurassic World Evolution 2 gameplay?

The aforementioned blog post teases that Jurassic World Evolution 2’s gameplay will include “exciting new features, four engaging game modes, and an enhanced and expanded roster of dinosaurs”. The developers are promising “more than 75 prehistoric species”, an impressive number that will include “all-new flying and marine reptiles, brought to life with captivating realism.”

The game will also have “diverse new environments, from dense forests to scorched deserts”. And there’s a new mode called Chaos Theory, which “offers a reimagined take on pivotal moments from the Jurassic World film franchise as players strive to make their own mark and change the course of events.” There will also be a single-player campaign, a Sandbox mode, and a Challenge mode that will test your mastery of the game.

You can take a look at Jurassic World Evolution 2 gameplay with the Developer Diary video below, which showcases a number of new features – the way in which you feed herbivores has changed, for example, and there is now a dedicated Scientist role on your team. See for yourself here:

Is there a trailer for Jurassic World Evolution 2?

The first Jurassic World Evolution 2 trailer arrived during Summer Games Fest 2021, just before E3 2021 kicked off, and you can take a look below if you haven’t watched it yet – or perhaps you just want to watch it again!

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