The first official trailer for Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier, a brand new licensed video game from debut developer Imaginati, has just hit the 'Net. Last Frontier is set in the cinematic universe of the recently-concluded Apes film trilogy, but takes place between the events of 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and this summer's War for the Planet of the Apes.
This cinematic adventure title is being published by a newly-opened games division at The Imaginarium - Andy Serkis' performance capture studio that also worked on the Planet of the Apes films. Based on the trailer, however, one would never guess these stunning visuals were the work of a company that has barely gotten its feet wet in this industry, as Last Frontier is looking as impressive as its cinematic counterparts.
Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier reportedly takes place a year after the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - and like the Apes films, the game's narrative appears to give us the perspective of both the apes and the humans. In fact, the title will allow gamers to play as both throughout the course of the campaign.
Akin to titles from seasoned developer Telltale Games, Imaginati looks to offer players a cinematic experience with choices that ultimately affect the outcome of the game's narrative. Varying interactions and numerous alternate endings are all at the mercy of each player's decisions throughout the story.
Rather than controlling the characters physically and solving puzzles, Imaginati hopes gamers will tap more into each character's emotional side by making more intellectual choices. Last Frontier will reportedly feature a film-like runtime of about 2-3 hours, with the developers banking on its multiple unique endings and character interactions to offer consumers several replays.
If the game is as fun to play as it is aesthetically pleasing, then it should have no problem pleasing fans. Historically, licensed games have not been known for their quality, though there have been exceptions (such as Goldeneye 007 and Spider-Man 2, for example). Either way, it would appear as though Last Frontier is off to a good start with this impressive reveal trailer out of the gate.
Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier has yet to receive a firm release date, but the title is slated to arrive on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 family of consoles, along with PC, this fall.