Eureka star Matter - who plays hero Evan Cross - told SciFiNow that New World has a "harder edge" than the original series.
"Our moments with the dinosaurs are going to be a lot more real and higher stakes," he suggested.
"It's got a harder edge that we walk on, because every time we see these creatures it affects us in a huge way and we're never getting used to that. I feel like the original Primeval knew a lot more about the world that they were dealing with than we do."
Matter revealed that his character Cross will first discover one of the show's anomalies by accident.
"He's not really sure what it is but he does know that it's creating radio interference so he goes to search for the source," explained the actor.
"He stumbles across one of these anomalies. In doing that, though, he loses the most important thing in his life."
Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries), Miranda Frigon (Heartland), Geoff Gustafson (Once Upon a Time) and Danny Rahim (Young James Herriot) will also star in Primeval: New World, while Stargate's Amanda Tapping will direct.