Last year 20th Century Fox’s Foxnext VR Studio and UK-based Imaginati Studios announced a virtual reality (VR) project based on the Planet of the Apes franchise. Today, the companies have revealed the first details alongside a gameplay video for Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR, which is scheduled to launch in April 2018.
Supporting HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR, Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR is a first-person experience set between Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes films. With the Simian Flu wiping out half of humanity over the previous five years whilst evolving primates, players take control of an ape with advanced intelligence, captured and held prisoner in a heavily guarded scientific facility as mankind desperately searches for a cure.
Players will need to climb, jump and shoot their way through the chaos of an apocalyptic world, escaping with your fellow apes in a bid to return home to Caesar.
“VR has always held the promise of bringing together the cinematic storytelling of film and the deeply immersive interactivity of games. ‘Crisis on the Planet of the Apes’ VR takes this potential to the next level,” said Foxnext VR Studio senior VP and GM Brendan Handler, reports Variety. “We set out to give the fan a lead role in this dark Planet of the Apes world – to feel the ape’s strength, power and movement as he fights his way to safety.”
This isn’t the first VR experience from Foxnext, with the studio having released Alien: Covenant In Utero in 2017 and The Martian: VR Experience during 2016. More recently Foxnext is behind the Isle of Dogs VR experience in collaboration with Felix & Paul Studios which is getting an exclusive release on Google Pixel and Pixel 2 via Google Spotlight Stories.
Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR will be released through the usual channels for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR on 3rd April 2018. For any further updates on the videogame, keep reading VRFocus.