(Intro: Feel free to skip this part) Ever since JWA was announced, the idea of “Gen 2” dinosaurs always felt weird to me. As someone who studied paleontology, it bothered me that with all the diversity in earths past, they neglected so many dinos in favor of making clones of existing ones. Now, I do understand why Gen 2’s exist. They wanted to boost the games number of creatures while reusing assets. Some may represent other color schemes used in the movies (like Allosaurus in Fallen Kingdom vs Battle at Big Rock), or even other species of the same genus. Plus, some models (for example, Haasts Eagle) have very few alternatives if you don’t use Gen 2s. But I would still prefer for new unique creatures to get representation over more Gen 2s any day, including looking into future additions to the game. So I came up with a list of new creatures to replace each existing Gen 2 in the game.
However, this is not a suggestion post. The game is clearly too far along to make any of these changes. You would have to change names and models, including those of several hybrids. Ludia should be focusing on other things. I just wanted to do this for fun. Plus, they honestly don’t bother me that much (sorry about the clickbait title). I just want to prove that it could have been done.
Now there aren’t any “rules” for these, but I did try to follow a few guidelines. I simply listed one or a few Gen 2s (sharing the same animations), and suggested one or more creatures that could replace them in the game. This doesn’t necessarily mean replacing the Gen 2 at it’s own rarity. If it makes more sense to have the original creature be rarer, so be it - rarity doesn’t really matter here. For the replacements, I tried to favor close evolutionary relatives of the original creature whenever possible, as well as creatures already represented in Jurassic World: The Game or other Jurassic Park/World media. Scale doesn’t matter too much, since the game already doesn’t really use scale accurately, but all replacements should plausibility use the same animations of the original dino. Now for you paleo nerds, some of the species I used will be dubious. But since the game already includes a few dubious taxa (Dracorex, Stiglymoloch, Tarbosaurus…), I let it slide. I chose not to worry about Indominus Rex and Indoraptor Gen 2, because as hybrids having Gen 2s makes more sense for them.
Without further ado, here is my list: (skip over)
Allosaurus Gen 2
There are a lot of options here from within the Allorauroidia clade, including Acrocanthosaurus (soon to be a thing) and Carcharodontosaurus. Even Giganotosaurus. But I went with Metriacanthosaurus because of that one glitch where “Metriachantosaurus Gen 2” appears as a placeholder. Honestly could be any of these. I think I would like Giganotosaurus the most though.
Ankylosaurus Gen 2
Now this is the only Gen 2 from the Ankylosauridae, so there were a lot of options. I could have gone with the closest related genus to Ankylosaurus, Anodontosaurus, but no one has really heard of that one. I also considered the more famous Sauropelta. But this one couldn’t go to anything other than Crichtonsaurus, for obvious reasons.
Baryonyx Gen 2 and Irritator Gen 2
For those who don’t know, the Spinosauridae recently underwent some big revisions, making these two and Spinosaurus Gen 2 surprisingly hard. I went with Ichthyvenator and Oxalaia (it doesn’t really matter which one replaces which). Y’all can let me know if you can think of anything else.
Dilophosaurus Gen 2 and Monolophosaurus Gen 2
These don’t really have well known close relatives, but there are plenty of small theropods available. From JWTG, there are Guanlong and Trodon (yes I know they use the Raptor animations there, but there’s no reason they can’t use small theropod). Other options include other more famous small theropods like Coelophysis and Herrerasaurus. Which ones would you prefer?
Dimetrodon Gen 2
For this one, I chose Sphenacodon. It’s one of the closest relatives of Dimetrodon (the two were even considered to be the same genus early on), and it lends it’s name to Dimetrodon’s family, the Sphenacodontidae. It didn’t have a sail though, but otherwise looked extremely similar.
Diplocaulus Gen 2 and Koolasuchus Gen 2
For these two, there are a plethora of unused amphibians from JWTG. Basically any of them would work. I would prefer Ichthyostega and Eryops, as these are two of the more famous/important representatives.
Dracorex Gen 2 and Stygimoloch Gen 2
These two are weird, because as I mentioned earlier, these two aren’t actually legitimate genera (depending on who you ask), instead being growth stages of Pachycephalosaurus. I wouldn’t replace the Gen 1s though, because there aren’t that many famous members of their family in the first place. One fitting set would be Prenoceohale for Stygimoloch and Homalocephale for Dracorex, because similarly to them Homalocephale is considered by some to be a growth stage of Prenocephale. Other options are Stegoceras, or even Psittacosaurus (though it isn’t that closely related).
Erlikosaurus Gen 2
There are a few members of the Therizinosauridae that would work (like Segnosaurus from JWTG), but this one could only go to Therizinosaurus itself.
Haast Eagle Gen 2
This was probably the hardest one to do (aside from the Spinosauridae). Looking for other large extinct birds, I came across the genus Teratornis (or Teratorn), a relative of New World Vultures. Another option would be it’s close (even larger) relative, Argentavis.
Purussaurus Gen 2
There are a plethora of extinct crocodilians, including some non-crocodilians that use the crocodilian model from JWTG (like Limnoscelis and Prionosuchus). But I had to go for the famous Deinosuchus for this one. Both are actually relatively closely related, being members of the Alligatoroidea superfamily.
Spinosaurus Gen 2
As I stated earlier, the Spinosauridae were especially hard. For Spinosaurus Gen 2, I saved Ostafrikasaurus from JWTG. It may be a junior synonym to science, but it will never be a junior synonym in our hearts.
Titanoboa Gen 2
I thought this one would be hard, but I did manage to find the second-largest snake of all time, Gigantophis. It being the only other giant snake in JWTG helps too.
Triceratops Gen 2
There are plenty of ceratopsians that aren’t in the game yet. I ultimately went with Torosaurus though. It may be controversial (since some consider it to be a growth stage of Triceratops), but again, that doesn’t matter here. It is still the closest known relative of Triceratops, and is present in Jurassic World: Evolution. Other options could be other (relatively) famous ceratopsians like Styracosaurus, Pachyrhinosaurus, Pentaceratops, or Centrosaurus.
Tyrannosaurus Rex Gen 2
There are plenty of unrepresented Theropods (like Giganotosaurus), but for this one I wanted to go with a close relative of T Rex. And the most famous one left is definitely Albertosaurus. It isn’t in JWTG, but it was in Operation Genesis (which unfortunately I never played, but I was a ZT2 guy). Another option that could work is Yutyrannus, which is in JWTG.
So there’s the list. Hopefully I’ve demonstrated that there were interesting options for at least most of the Gen 2’s in the game. The Spinosauridae still need some work though .
What do you guys think? Do Gen 2s bother you at all? And do you agree with my replacements? Which creatures would you replace the existing Gen 2s with?