It’s been a long time since we’ve had a new Ape Escape game grace the Playstation consoles. In fact, it’s been over a decade. The last true entry was 2008’s Playstation Network Store only Ape Quest, whilst main character Spike made an appearance in Playstation All Stars Battle Royale.
This means a brand new numbred game hasn’t come out since Ape Escape 3, which debuted on Playstation 2 way back in 2005.
Yet there might be some light at the end of the monkey tunnel.
Today, PlayStation Japan has released a video celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Ape Escape franchise.
It comes from a brand new Twitter account @piposaru20th, which first tweeted out asking if there is ‘anybody out there still chasing apes.’ They went on to tweet several more times with Ape pictures and the hashtag #ApesWillEscape.
Most importantly, Sony Japan Studio’s verified Twitter account has actually followed the @piposaru20th account. Piposaru is the original name of Ape Escape, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The Sony Japan Studios account only follows 52 other users.
The account also tweeted out the details for a pop up anniversary event running from July 19th to August 1st in Tokyo, so more details may become clearer during that event.
The Ape Escape website also updated recently for the first time in years.
This could certainly mean that Ape Escape is up next for the remaster treatment that has seen Crash Bandicoot and Spro The Dragon revisited in recent years. It’s still yet to be confirmed exactly what these rumblings mean, but it is certainly exciting for fans of the ape-capturing gameplay.
The original Ape Escape was a renowned success story, the first game that required the at-the-time new Dualshock controller, with its analogue stick control to play.
They game, and its two sequels, were renowned for combining platforming, puzzle solving and combat with bright bubbly graphics.
So whilst we’re yet to have any official confirmation, things are certainly looking up for a franchise that has yet to see any official entry in years.