Imaginarium Studios announced that the PS4 version of Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier is set to release later this month on November 21st in North America and in Europe.
The game isn’t so much a game as it is an interactive movie with some limited player choices that will determine the course of the story and characters based on the decisions you make.
Andy Serkis, founder of The Imaginarium, commented about the upcoming release of the game in the press release, stating…
“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.”
The whole choice-based narrative only really works when the choices matter, and the choices only matter when the outcomes are different.
We’ll find out exactly how different those outcomes are when the game arrives on the 21st.
Visually they tried going for the cinematic appeal that you find in the movies, as evident with the trailer below.
However, they couldn’t fully adapt the same level of CG fidelity that you find in the Planet of the Apes films for the game… not in real-time, anyway. They attempted to get as close as possible while focusing mostly on story and characterization.
One of the big selling points (although I don’t know if I would be proud to call it an actual selling point) is that interactivity is at a minimum: you won’t be searching through houses for clues, scavenging through the woods for supplies, or attempting to solve topographical puzzles that would make Otto Schmill dizzy.
In a way, Imaginarium is proud to promote the game as an antithesis to traditional adventure gaming, focusing more on the limited choice-driven narrative and unfolding story that’s set between Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes.
The story centers around humans and apes attempting to survive harsh conditions while dealing with fragile alliances and violent outcomes.
I can’t even say that this is a game similar to FMVs from the 1990s or visual novels released today, since even those seem to offer a bit more meat on the gameplay bone than what they’re promising with Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier.
Even still, if you’re into these new cinematic experiences for the PS4 that revolve around the usage of PlayLink, then you can look for Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier to launch November 21st.