A section of Capcom fans have been badgering the company for decades to bring back Dino Crisis. This PlayStation classic was essentially Resident Evil, but swapped in dinosaurs in place of zombies. Seeing how that other series is still a staple in today’s gaming landscape nails home the disappointment that Dino Crisis didn’t get more of a chance. That said, Exoprimal is a new dinosaur shooter that brought hope to many people when they first saw Capcom reveal it. Is Exoprimal related to Dino Crisis at all?
Is Exoprimal in the Dino Crisis universe?
Unfortunately, no, Exoprimal is not related to Dino Crisis in any way. It is not a new direction for the series, it does not hint at Dino Crisis, and it is a completely unique story. In a 2022 interview with IGN, producer Ichiro Kiyokawa said that the development team was striving to make an action game unique to past Capcom games. With that in mind, they set out to make a new IP that could stand independently from games like Dino Crisis and Monster Hunter.
The list of similarities between Dino Crisis and Exoprimal is very small. The only things linking the two are that they both have dinosaurs and Capcom developed them. The big focus in Exoprimal is on the Exosuits you can hop between as you and your team fight against constant waves of dinosaurs. These suits fall into damage, tank, and support classes like you would see in other multiplayer games. You don’t just pick one and are stuck to that, though, as you can swap Exosuits mid-game.
Where Dino Crisis was a single-player adventure, Exoprimal is all about PvE and PvP combat, more so on the former. In some ways, it can feel like a cooperative shooter like Left 4 Dead or World War Z, but it also strays from that into its own territory. It’s a unique game. It won’t scratch your Dino Crisis itch, so don’t go into it expecting it to be something it’s not.