Andy Serkis has been at the forefront of motion capture in films and games for many years. Starting with the role of Gollum in the Lord of the Rings
trilogy and continuing most recently with the lead role of Ceasar in this year's War for the Planet of the Apes
, the technology has featured prominently in a lot of his recent roles. In 2011, he co-founded The Imaginarium alongside director Jonathan Cavendish, allowing the pair to work on both films and video games within the UK. Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier
will be the studio's first video game title. He joined Eurogamer's Oli Welsh on stage at EGX 2017 to discuss the upcoming title.
The team wanted to create an interactive movie, one that was emotionally engaging and allowed for player choices, including the decision of whether to play the game through the eyes of humans or apes. Serkis describes the title as "a moral maze" where players will be questioning their humanity throughout the various conflicts, although he was keen not to spoil anything in terms of plot points. An example of player choice is shown in the newest trailer for the title below:
Despite the title being set in between the events of 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
and the aforementioned War for the Planet of the Apes
, the cast of characters is completely new. For example, the apes are a parallel tribe located north of San Francisco, trying to survive after the major conflict between apes and humans has begun, with both sides trying to survive. Their clan leader is Khan, a peace-keeping ape whose main aim is to ensure the survival of his tribe, and he's accompanied by his three sons. Eldest son Tola is a violent ape hell bent on taking out the humans. Youngest son Juno has a withered arm that makes him a liability, but his inability to fight makes him an innocent in the story. Finally, Bryn is the middle son and is caught in the middle of the conflict — it's his role that players will be assuming.
Near to the ape camp, there's a town called Millerton, occupied by a hundred humans who survived the outbreak of the Simian Flu apocalypse. Mayor Jess Ross is in control and there is little communication from other human settlements. Both the apes and the humans are beginning to run out of food and as they venture further afield for resources, it is inevitable that the two sides will meet each other. It is up to the player how the story evolves.
You can watch the full interview here
if you wish, including questions on Serkis' movie history that I haven't included above. In the meantime, Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier
is aiming for a release this Fall.