If anyone out there is a fan of The Planet of the Apes and has been waiting for a playable representation where you can take on the role of a human or simian in the battle, you won’t have to sit on the sidelines much longer.
Andy Serkis, the very same that portrays Caesar in the films in all his motion captured glory, is putting his Imaginarium Studios to good use producing the game Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier. The London-based studio is known for their work on other big movie titles such as Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: Episode VII-The Force Awakens. Looking for video game credentials? Battlefield 1 and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice are both under their belts. Tag-teaming the project with him is FoxNext Games; a virtual reality, video game and (get this) theme park division that operates under Twentieth Century Fox Film and the Fox Network Group.
As far as the timeline goes for the game itself, it looks that everything will take place between Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the most recent War for the Planet of the Apes. Any player that picks up their sticks or readies their mouse and keyboard for this adventure will get to choose between helping along an ape tribe or human survivors. In a very Fallout-esque kind of way, part of the gameplay will include moments where the player will need to make decisions; the kind of ones that can change the tides of war and will put them in a position where their morals (or lack thereof) will become center-stage.
I’m certain that some people out there are likely quite excited for this title to make its way to the shelves. Others are possibly a little more than concerned. Movies made into video games are notorious for being, well, awful. As much as we’d all like to be hopeful that this one doesn’t follow the same beaten, blown up a path of misery and poor transition, I’m not too certain how this title’s fate is looking. But judging by the trailer, the motion and character details look pretty promising. (Powered by the Unreal Engine will do that to you.) And the idea of choosing to be on the side of the apes or humans should provide some very different story lines and predicaments for the players.
As with any game coming to fruition, all we can do is hope for the best and wish the staffers on the job best of luck! Keep an eye out this fall for Last Frontier for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.