NAZISAURUS: Dino D-Day Beta Next Week

And they say PC gaming is dead.

I know this looks like an April Fools’ post, but bear with me. Dino D-Day, the Source engine-powered downloadable multiplayer game that Kieron posted about back in November will be genuinely entering an actual closed beta on March 1st, with all 12 classes (or rather, 9 classes and the raptor, dilophosaur and desmatosuchus). Those interested in acquiring a beta key (and how could you not be) should follow Dino D-Day on Facebook and Twitter, say the developers. I am genuinely excited about playing this with Spotify belting out some Wagner in the background. Full press release after the jump.

Between this and Depth, it seems like ambitious asymmetrical multiplayer scene is alive and kicking. A very good thing!

Dino D-Day…the only game that gives you Nazis AND Dinosaurs

Dino D-Day is a frantic, action-packed multiplayer game that transports you to a World War II that should have been. You and your friends will battle online choosing to join either the Allies or the Axis team. The Allied side includes six playable characters each with unique weapons and abilities to use in combat. Gun down a Dilophosaur with your trusty M1 Garand, blast a kamikaze Pterosaur out of the sky with your Thompson sub-machine gun, toss out a dead jackrabbit to lure a Raptor into a trap.

As an Axis player you have your choice of three human classes and three dinosaur classes. You can ambush the Allied enemy using speed and stealth as the Raptor; mercilessly pound them with a heavy 20mm gun fixed to the back of the Desmatosuchus, rampage through tight groups of enemy soldiers as the Dilophosaur, pick up a body and throw it at an enemy for a double kill! The German soldier classes are the perfect complement to their dinosaur comrades.

The Beta version of Dino D-Day includes all 12 classes, including the playable dinosaurs. It ships with 1 map that is playable in both King-of-the-Hill mode as well as Team Deathmatch mode.

The full game will be released on March 29, 2011 and will be shipped with 5 maps and 3 Game modes. We intend to give the Dino D-Day community excellent value for their money by continuing to service the game with new maps, new playable characters, and new game modes FOR FREE.

About the Developers

Dino D-Day is being developed and published by 800 North and Digital Ranch. Digital Ranch was founded in 1994 by Robert Kirk and Rob Lihani and has produced multiple award-winning series for a variety of networks including Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Tru TV, A&E, History, and Investigation Discovery. 800 North was founded in 2009 by Abe and Parker Scheuermann in partnership with Kirk and Lihani. Abe, co-creator and game designer of Dino D-Day produced many hours of television for Digital Ranch before starting work on Dino D-Day – including the smash-hit air combat series “Dogfights” for the History Channel.

Dino D-Day represents one of the first (if not THE first) attempt by a television production company to create and publish an independent video game.

The future of Dino D-Day

We have plans in place to continue developing Dino D-Day and the Dino D-Day community after the game’s initial release. We plan on developing an entire singleplayer/co-op campaign that we will ship around this time next year. This will be more story-driven gameplay that will further develop the world of Dino D-Day and will even have interesting effects on the multiplayer experience! In addition to that there will be regular updates of the multiplayer game and perhaps a few other surprises in store as well!

Mark your calenders: March 1, 2011 the Dino D-Day Beta arrives! And on March 29, 2011 the dinosaur invasion of Steam will begin!


  1. Malawi Frontier Guard says:

    Too many wacky dinosaur games.

  2. westyfield says:

    “Dino D-Day…the only game that gives you Nazis AND Dinosaurs”

    Didn’t ‘Time, Gentlemen Please’ do Nazi dinosaurs?

    • iainl says:

      Yes, westyfield. And Dan is Not Happy, it would appear.

    • Tatourmi says:

      God damn it Westyfield, you just couldn’t resist spoiling good people’s fun could you? You should be ashamed of yourself! ASHAMED!

    • westyfield says:

      Aha! For my next fun-ruining trick I will have the dinosaurs removed altogether, making this a WW2 shooter. Enjoy!

  3. .backslash says:

    Please, please, I pray to the divine Horace, let dinosaurs be the new zombies.

    • Sarlix says:

      Zombie dinosaurs. Let’s just stop and think about that for a moment.

    • bob_d says:

      I think “Nazi Dinosaurs” are the proof that dinos already are the new zombies.
      Rushes off to make “Plants vs. Dinosaurs.”

  4. Squirrelfanatic says:

    Those pics are great. I demand a B52-erodactyl.

    Edit: Although I have to say that I can’t get myself to like WW2 games.

    Editedit: Except Commandos maybe. That’s it.

  5. DarkFenix says:

    No zombies, ninjas, pirates or robots? This will clearly suck.

  6. Anthile says:

    There is just one question left: will there be jetpacks?

    • McDan says:

      There HAS to be jetpacks, there are pterosaurs after all, which nazi’s will no doubt ride. Therefore jetpacks must exist so you can stab dinosaurs in the face, and also land on giant dinosaurs’ backs.
      Simple maths.

  7. ZIGS says:

    Wait, I thought this was single-player. At least the demo is. I’m guessing it’ll have single-player, right? RIGHT?

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    Johnny Law says:

    Why would anyone want to play the Allied side?

  9. OldRat says:

    Haha wat.

    That is all.

  10. Djokson says:

    Still no information on the price? Also, I just realised that it realeases on my birthday, how convenient.

  11. rivalin says:

    It’s set in Tunisia? Funny I thought the forces in Tunisia were mainly British, with French and American elements, and under British command. But I suppose that wouldn’t fit with being “hysterical” “cowering” Europeans as described by the trailer.

    Still I guess you can’t expect much in the way of historical accuracy from a game that features Nazi dinosaurs, but it still makes my blood boil!


    (ps love you really)

  12. Andy_Panthro says:

    What’s the best dinosaur??

  13. Vinsanity says:

    But does it cause rape?

  14. Harkkum says:

    I expect to see first an MMORPG and then a porn movie out from this very theme. Interesting times…

    • Jake says:

      Nazi dinosaur porn sounds a bit specific and surely, SURELY there can’t be much demand for it, but I am totally not going to risk googling it.

  15. Radbertus says:

    I just hope that they end things in a secret antarctic research facility.

  16. CptSqweky says:

    Like Andy’s link says, the pterosaurs were winged reptiles, not dinosaurs. There were no flying dinosaurs until they started turning into birds.

    • Jake says:

      Also there were very few Nazi dinosaurs, though dinosaurs were of course utilised by Hitler the average dinosaur was not a member of the Nazi party.

      And if you look closely at the second image you can see it is Photoshopped – a photograph of a dead dinosaur has been superimposed on the WWII photograph.

      This game is just full of inaccuracies.

    • Zenicetus says:

      And the recoil would knock that dinosaur off its feet, in that first image. This game is, sadly, unrealistic.

    • WJonathan says:

      Clearly that’s an artist’s rendering. Any good operator knows that the Stegapanzer’s turret and torso must be within 5 degrees parallel for accurate long-range firing. Otherwise DinoHitler wouldn’t have won the war. Read your history!

  17. NegativeZero says:

    The Dinosaur as a heavy weapons platform is a very under-exploited concept. It seems like the awesomeness potential of attaching giant guns to dinosaurs should be obvious, yet I think the last time I actually saw it was the Dino-Riders toy franchise of the late 80s.

  18. Hatsworth says:

    “Those interested in acquiring a beta key (and how could you not be) should follow Dino D-Day on Facebook and Twitter, say the developers.”

    I’m interested, but this trend needs to stop :/.

  19. MajorManiac says:

    I look forward to the day a three-way multiplayer game is made with Nazis Vs Zombies Vs Dinosaurs.

  20. kennycrown says:

    very good….thanks for you post