Planet of the Apes is getting a cinematic adventure game


And it looks surprisingly okay

A standalone video game adaptation of Planet of the Apes is in the works at Imaginati for a fall release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. I was expecting to want to immediately write it off — we’ve been burned so many times before — but it sounds far more genuine than your average tie-in game.

“The roots of what we’ve done is built on the heritage of Quantic Dreams’ or Telltale Games’ products,” Imaginati founder Martin Alltimes tells IGN. “But we have a very specific angle. I saw the opportunity here was pure, cinematic-style storytelling, rather than traditional console storytelling.”

Set in between the events of 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes, the game revolves around both humans and apes struggling to survive near the Rocky Mountains.

“The pace of the storytelling is just super-intense compared to any of these other games,” he elaborated. “There’s no opening and closing drawers, no searching through inventories. It’s all about you making choices that affect relationships with other characters and, in the long term, how those relationships play out, and how the story plays out.”

According to IGN, Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier will run a few hours, “with no exploration sections or puzzles, nor any direct control over characters.” I’m willing to give that format a chance, and as a fan of the Apes reboot series, I’m glad this is its own thing, separate from Caesar’s story.

Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier Aims to Bring the Spirit of the Movies to Gaming [IGN]