Upcoming ‘Jurassic Park’ Installment Will Restart Film Series, New Franchise Likely Underway

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Ray Arnold (Samuel L Jackson) saying "Hold onto your butts" in 'Jurassic Park' (1993)

Credit: Universal Studios

Even with a new movie in development, Jurassic World might be about to go extinct as the Jurassic Park era prepares to make an epic comeback.

There’s an official Jurassic Park sequel in the works, but we aren’t referring to the upcoming Jurassic World 4 (2025) — we’re talking about Jurassic Park: Survival (TBA), an action-adventure video game that acts as a sequel to the original 1993 film.

But while Jurassic World 4 (rumored to be titled Jurassic City) is expected to continue pushing the series forward just as the last five sequels have, and with the upcoming Jurassic World: Chaos Theory (2024) bridging the gap between Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) and Jurassic World Dominion (2022), Survival will go back to where it all started.

Gallimimus stampeding over a jungle explorer in the 'Jurassic Park: Survival' game trailer
Credit: Universal City Studios LLC and Amblin Entertainment / Saber Interactive

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Set twenty-four hours after the events of the iconic landmark film from director Steven Spielberg, Survival follows InGen scientist Dr. Maya Joshi after she has been “unable to evacuate Isla Nublar” during the thunderstorm and dinosaur breakout as seen in the 1993 film.

It sees the return of several original Jurassic Park dinosaurs, and, with “a fully realized Isla Nublar,” it will let players explore the island for the first time, perhaps even allowing them to see “off-screen” attractions that didn’t appear in the 1993 film (who knows, maybe the game will take some liberties and allow us to experience the likes of the Universal Studios theme park rides such as Jurassic Park River Adventure and VelociCoaster in a virtual setting).

The Dilophosaurus in the 'Jurassic Park: Survival' game trailer
Credit: Universal City Studios LLC and Amblin Entertainment / Saber Interactive

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So, Survival will essentially ignore all five sequels (The Lost World, Jurassic Park III, Jurassic World, Fallen Kingdom, and Dominion) and restart the film series. While it will likely refrain from breaking canon — the official website states that it’s set “the day after the events of the beloved 1993 Jurassic Park film,” so it’s 100% canon — it has already taken liberties by bringing back a seemingly dead character.

What’s particularly interesting about the game’s decision to go all the way back to the beginning, though, is how the franchise remains committed to the Jurassic World side of things, which operates at the opposite end of the timeline (a fourth Jurassic World movie and a second animated series are inbound).

There are, of course, many other franchises that do this already (here’s looking at you, Harry Potter and Star Wars), but in doing so, Survival may open up a whole new world of opportunities and end up creating its own sub-franchise.

Dr. Maya Joshi hiding in the kitchen in the 'Jurassic Park: Survival' game trailer
Credit: Universal City Studios LLC and Amblin Entertainment / Saber Interactive

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Depending on its success, Survival may result in sequels and spinoffs that also follow the original 1993 film in close succession, without interrupting the Jurassic World side of things which will continue to churn out new movies and TV shows under that banner. Much like Harry Potter and Star Wars, the Jurassic franchise now has an extensive timeline with plenty of gaps between movies where new stories can be slotted in.

There’s no release date for Jurassic Park: Survival. For more about the game, check out our full guide. Or, for our full breakdown of the trailer, click here.

Check out the trailer below, courtesy of Jurassic World YouTube:

Related: ‘Jurassic Park: Survival’ Trailer Breakdown

Per the official website, here’s the synopsis:

Return to Isla Nublar the day after the events of the beloved 1993 Jurassic Park film in an original adventure 65 million years in the making.

Survive thrilling first-person action as InGen scientist Dr. Maya Joshi, who was unable to “evacuate Isla Nublar, in this single-player action-adventure game and discover a never-before-told story.

Through thrilling encounters, experience the wonder and danger of dinosaurs, each with their own distinct and adaptive behaviors brought to life by John Hammond’s vision.

The game will be released on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Steam, and PC.

The Jurassic Falls in the 'Jurassic Park: Survival' game trailer
Credit: Universal City Studios LLC and Amblin Entertainment / Saber Interactive

Other Jurassic Park/Jurassic World Media

There’s a lot of Jurassic content to be excited about. The animated series Jurassic World: Chaos Theory will stream on Netflix on May 24, and Jurassic World 4 is scheduled for theatrical release on July 2, 2025. Meanwhile, attractions such as Jurassic World: The Exhibition and Jurassic World Live Tour continue to wow guests all around the world.

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