Sony Interactive Entertainment’s President of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida had a little talk with Famitsu about the anniversary of Ape Escape. SIE has brought back PaRappa the Rapper, Patapon, and Locoroco via a PSP emulator on PS4, alongside Ape Escape 2 via PS2’s emulator on PS4 and many other classic titles with remasters or remakes. So it is entirely possible we could see a remake of Ape Escape alongside a new title.

Here’s what Yoshida-san has said:

What are your thoughts on the continued popularity and love for the characters as mascots for SIE over the past 20 years?
Yoshida: “Personally, while I do feel proud that Ape Escape was a landmark game in that gaming era, I have never thought of the Pipo Monkeys as SIE’s mascot characters. However, I know that they have continued to be loved by some fans, and regarding that, I’m really happy.”

As you might imagine, there are likely many people waiting for a new game. Is there a possibility a new game could be made?
Yoshida: “I wonder. (laughs) As there hasn’t been a new game in a long time, we’ve heard the voices of many people asking for a new Ape Escape title.”

Famitsu and Shuhei Yoshida

The original Ape Escape launched in 1999, spawning 13 other titles and even a cameo in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. So the series is definitely beloved, however a new entry hasn’t happened 8 years, so it’s definitely time to bring the series back.

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