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Ape Escape (working title)
Developer(s) Japan Studio
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Series Ape Escape
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
Release date(s) Q2 2010 (United States)
Genre(s) Party
Mode(s) Multi-player
Media Blu-Ray Disc
Input methods PlayStation Move

Ape Escape (working title) is an upcoming platforming video game developed by Japan Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 3 video game console. The game was originally announced at the Tokyo Game Show 2009 as one of the title supporting the PlayStation Move controller.[1] It is unknown if the title will be a launch title for the PlayStation Move similar to how the first game in the series was a launch title for the Dualshock controller.

Background

In early 2006, Japan Studio put up an advertisement in Japanese gaming magazine, Famitsu, for hiring staff to work with their Ape Escape production team.[2] The picture they used was four monkeys holding up Ape Escape games. The first monkey help up Ape Escape 1, the second, Ape Escape 2, and the third, Ape Escape 3. The fourth however, held up a blank PS3 cover with a question mark and the word "Next" on it, obviously stating that they were working on the fourth title in the series. However, as of 2008, Ape Escape games are now being published by SCEA, rather than Japan Studio, which now means the original concept of the game being a continuation of the series was scrapped. As of 2008, the "Sarugetchu" development page has been closed, and redirects to careers for 2011.[3] This means there is no further productions for Ape Escape from Japan Studio.

On September 24th 2009, at the Tokyo Game Show, an Ape Escape PS3 (named "Ape Escape working title) was confirmed. Gamespot researched the game while at the Toyko game show, and discovered it was developed by SCEA and has a party, puzzle concept behind it and is a PlayStation Move title.[4] [5] [6] Since SCEA have taken over the franchise, it is unsure if this will be the last title in the series. SCEA are very limited with what they can do with the series as the concept's of "catching monkeys" and "using gadgets", which the game is most known for, is not theirs and they cannot take the concept from the original creator Japan Studio.

Release

The game shall be released in Q2 2010 in North America. It is unknown at this stage if the game will be sold in Europe and/or if it will be translated for release in Asia.[7]

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