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Saurian is a video game project focused on living as a dinosaur in a dynamic open world through intense, survival-based gameplay.
Saurian is a video game project focused on living as a dinosaur in a dynamic open world through intense, survival-based gameplay.
6,570 backers pledged $220,709 to help bring this project to life.

Voting begins NOW: Backerkit Surveys have been sent!

Posted by Urvogel Games, LLC (Creator)

Headline says it all, check your inboxes. Surveys will be going out over the course of the next couple hours. If after that time you still haven't received a survey, or you've forgotten what email you pledged with, head over to and we'll send you a new one. You have until August 31, 2016 to change or update your vote, as well as change or add on rewards to your pledge. After the 31st, the only updates you'll be able to make are to your shipping address.

Many of you requested profiles for the original 4 playable dinosaurs similar to the ones we provided to help figure out your vote. We are happy to oblige:


Dakotaraptor is a nightmare to many herbivores of Hell Creek. A sturdy ambush predator, it is capable of intense bursts of speed but unable to sustain them for long. This gives it the perfect set of skills to burst from the foliage and mow down unsuspecting prey. Much like komodo dragons, Dakotaraptor will form loose associations with each other to bring down large herbivores or feed on carcasses. Feeding works on a hierarchy, with the larger raptors feeding first and the smaller animals lower in the pecking order. Dakotaraptor often fight, kill and even eat one another during feeding. Vulnerable to adults, as well as other predators, immature Dakotaraptor are light and agile, able to climb trees to escape danger or ambush small prey lurking below. Young juveniles even posses some limited flight capacity.


Although hardy and belligerent, Pachycephalosaurus is generally a vulnerable prey animal in the Hell Creek environment. Because of this it prefers to live in densely forested areas to avoid large adult T. rex. Not without weaponry of its own, Pachycephalosaurus will fight back against Dakotaraptor or young T. rex if provoked. It is capable of breaking bones with its famous domed head. A multifunctional tool, this dome is also used in territorial battles and to deflect foliage when running through the forest. Pachycephalosaurus adults mate for life and both parents raise their young together for several months. Male Pachycephalosaurus, distinguished by their bright red heads, are fiercely territorial and will engage in head and flank butting contests. Herbivorous animals, they feed selectively on low growing vegetation as well as fungi and occasionally insects.


Triceratops are the bane of Hell Creek’s predators. Even a match for the great T. rex, these animals are massive, bare formidable weaponry and are extremely aggressive. Adult Triceratops are able to chase off most potential threats. Female Triceratops live in loosely associated groups, sharing resources and providing mutual protection. Males however, will not tolerate other males, and aggressively defend breeding rights to the local female population. Females will guard their nests and young, and immature animals will associate with adults as a shield from predators. Males and females can be distinguished by differentiation in frill pattern, with males showing the more elaborate display. Both sexes will utilize their horns in intraspecific competition over resources, territory, or social hierarchy. Triceratops can feed on a wide range of small to medium height vegetation, seeking out forest edges for the best fodder.


Tyrannosaurus is the apex predator of the Hell Creek environment. In order to sustain their requirements for food, adults occupy large territories which they defend diligently. If two adults meet outside of breeding season, the results are usually violence, face biting is especially common. During breeding season, males and females locate one another and perform courtship displays by emitting low frequency sounds. Although nothing is off the menu for an adult T. rex, they favor slower moving hadrosaurs and ceratopsians as food, targeting young or weak individuals, as most smaller prey items are generally too fast and nimble. Pairs dissociate after breeding and it is the male that watches the eggs and young. T. rex actually show strong parental care, watching over their broods for years until they reach a moderate size. At this point the father will finally depart but the juveniles will stay together as a sibling pack, even bringing down prey together, until they reach adult size. Unlike the adults, immature T. rex are extraordinarily fast and use this advantage to chase down prey such as th Hell Creek Ornithomimid and Anzu. This means they do not compete directly with the adults for food.


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    1. JJ Giesey on

      @susie gunning you don't have to be rude about it.

    2. JJ Giesey on

      I personally think anzu is quite overrated, its unique features are gender dimorphism and its ability to mimic other animal calls. @Nikolai Raevsky ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD THE SAURIAN HYPE TRAIN!!!!! #team t.rex feathers. #We don't need no stinkin sauropods! #make Mesozoic era great again!

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      Nikolai Raevsky on

      Can't wait to play as these animals when the game comes out. 50th comment. SAURIAN HYPE!!!!!!!!!

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      Wyatt on

      yes, as much as I'd like to gorge myself and terrify Pachycephalosauruses and carnivores.. I think that anatosaurus would be more interesting as well as fun to play

    5. Timmoth on

      Anatosaurus and Anzu here. It's a shame to miss Anky with his tail swinging action, but I had to choose the big guy, for a different perspective on the world scalewise.

    6. Niko on

      Oh My Gallimimus it's so close to August

    7. JJ Giesey on

      @Niko we will see them at the end of august.

    8. Niko on

      I can't wait to see what the percentages will be between the vote choices. It will be close I hope.

    9. Robert Weber Jr on

      The game will be distributed through Steam keys- it doesn't matter which email receives the key, you will activate the key through Steam itself.

    10. susie gunning on

      What if your steam account uses a different email? This account does not join to steam. Thats a different email. Should I like.. email it?

    11. JJ Giesey on

      what if are email address is different on our steam account from our kickstarter account. im hoping we just get a card that gives you a code to download it on steam and you enter the code somewhere. cuz that idea sounds great ;)

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      Wyatt on

      @Micheal Meyer

      I don't think you have to, but in my opinion it would be easier :D

    13. Robert Weber Jr on

      Carlos, did you originally select a backer tier which included a copy of the game in it? The add-ons are for additional copies of the game and other items.

    14. Carlos "Pyroraptor" on

      DO I have to put Saurian Game in the Add-ons?

    15. Michael Meyer on

      Do I need to make a steam profile to play the game? I can, if needed, but I'd like to know

    16. Robert Weber Jr on

      To an ensure a fair poll, the results will only be shown once the votes are over. So they will be released sometime after August 31st. Until then, only the dev team will know who is winning.

    17. Holden Bosket on

      @DiscordRaptor & Jody Tippett


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      Wyatt on

      @Holden Bosket


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      Wyatt on

      The baby rex looks like a duck if it wanted to bite my fingers off

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      Marius Beyl on

      Will there be hatchlings from every species or only from the playables

    23. Coyote on

      @Martin. The devs said we will most likely start out as juveniles.

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      Jody Tippett on

      @DiscordRaptor Same here! but also instead of ankylosaurus I chose denversaurus :I

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      Jeff on

      Woo! Survey time baby! Is there anyway we can see how the dinos are polling, or do we have to wait until the very end (granted, from the comments, the two favorites to win are pretty obvious)?

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      Emma D on

      Anzu and Anatosaurus for me, though I wouldn't mind Denver or Ornithomimus either (anky sorto of bores me. Sorry big guy).

      I wouldn't thought dakotaraptor would be bigger on parental care, given how round-faced and cute the babies are

    27. GoliathsAI on

      do I need to renter my credit card info in order to finish the survey?

    28. DiscordRaptor on

      Alrighty then! I chose Anzu and Ankylosaurus, but no matter which dinos win, I'll be happy. I just can't wait for the final product, even if it is a long ways away. Definitely gonna main Dakotaraptor, but Anzu is a close second.

    29. JJ Giesey on

      @Night1505 same here bro

    30. IgnisFlamel on

      Anzu and Anato got my vote! Though, if Orni/Anky/Denve win I'll definitely play them through as well. ^^ These are just the ones I find the most interesting. Glad to see many others do as well!

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      Martin Widnes Fossdal on

      Wait how will this system work? Do you spawn as an egg with (player) parents?

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      Wyatt on

      Also it was difficult but the demon pigeon (anzu) and anatosaurus got my vote

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      Wyatt on

      Lol as the dakoraptor ornithomimis better beware! DROPKICK TIME

    34. DeepForestCrafter on

      Pachycephalosaurus: Both parents take care of their eggs and young?! That is so cool!

      T.rex: Never knew that only the father care for the offspring.

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      Gadunka on

      I don't mind having to gulp up baby dinos with the Orithinomimid, but i voted Anzu for its unique playstyle

    36. Skysong on

      I have voted, no matter what ones win, they all look fun to play so I'm happy!

    37. Coyote on

      I am so excited. Pachy mates sound interesting ;o;

    38. Alwayshere3 on

      I love how the T-Rex hatchling is so small X3

    39. Simon Atkinson on

      I LOVE the rex gameplay. It sounds so fun! Hell, all of them are amazing. I can't wait for this game!

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      Lumarious on

      I love the idea of so much varied gameplay just based on your age and sex alone, not to mention what species you are actually playing. can't wait to see how to vote turns out :D

    41. Robert Weber Jr on

      @Kormourix: Give that a shot. If that doesn't work, please let me know.

    42. Komourix on

      Since I don't have enough for the shipping fee, do I just give a tip to add the necessary amount?

    43. Quentin Pierre on

      These dinos are sexy and they know it!

    44. Komourix on

      My amount owed exceeds the amount of my money pledged. I owe another $7.50, and I have no idea what to do.

    45. Night1505

      Well, I'm official now!


    46. André Luis Marín on

      Anato and Anzu for the win! What a hard choice though!!!!

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      Jesse on

      Chose Anzu and Anky, all the choices seem pretty cool though and would add alot more variety to gameplay so i wouldn't be too upset if some of the others were picked instead.

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      Archosaura on

      chose Anatosaurus and Anzu :) ty saurian!

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      Stephen Lander on

      Keep checking - mine came a couple minutes after the KS update. If not, you can go to backerkit directly and search for "Saurian" as a backer. I think it asks for your email and then resends the information.

    50. Urvogel Games, LLC Creator on

      Surveys will be going out over the course of the next couple hours. If after that time you still haven't received a survey, or you've forgotten what email you pledged with, head over to… and we'll send you a new one.