Andy Serkis' company The Imaginarium and their games development house Imaginati announced today that Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier, their Telltale/Quantic Dream-style choose-your-own-adventure game set between Dawn and War For The Planet of the Apes movies, will be released on PlayStation 4 on November 21 - and only PS4. The big questions are of course, is it still coming to PC and if so, when? We got in touch with the PR team on the game to confirm: yes, it is still coming. More details below.
Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier is a cinematic adventure game with a focus on choice, group play and replayability. Andy Serkis, who played Caesar in the recent movie trilogy and is the owner of The Imaginarium, had this to say about the game:
"Our aim is to bring new depth to choice-based adventure and offer that to our audience as an immersive, cinematic experience. I’m proud to say that Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier does just that, combining the merits of both premier performance capture and next-generation story-telling.”
We interviewed Martin Alltimes, founder of Imaginarium's game development group Imaginati, who told us all about the many choices and different outcomes that could happen, encouraging replayability: "The humans can win, the Apes can win, you can find peace, and there are several other endings depending on who lives or dies… The consequences of what you do on one side happens to the other, and how the game plays out."
But what of the PC version? The original reveal said it was coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC this Fall/Autumn, but the new press release only mentions the PS4 version. We contacted the PR team on the game and fortunately they confirm that Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier is definitely coming to PC, but they couldn't confirm a release date - not even if it's coming out this year.
From the press release:
"Set between Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes films, Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier thrusts the player into the midst of a mounting conflict between apes and humans as both sides struggle for survival. The game provides the chance to play and empathise with either species, pushing both groups towards either a fragile alliance, or an all-out war, with each and every decision made. Allowing up to four players at a time to engage in the story, Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier pushes the boundaries of interactive drama, allowing players to explore and struggle with each choice collectively."
There was a slight debacle last week when Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier was actually released prematurely on PS4. It was quickly pulled but not before people managed to buy it and put it up on YouTube. We probably advise that you try not to watch those, as it's the choices the game gives you that are the most important part, like a Telltale game but even deeper.
Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier will be released on PS4 on November 21, priced £15.99/€19.99/$19.99 USD. Expect it to be the same price when it comes out on PC and Xbox One.