SAN FRANCISCO, CA – October 19, 2004 – Get ready to party Ape EscapeÃ‚Â® style! Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest videogame publishers, today announced that Ape EscapeÃ‚Â®: Pumped & Primed™ has shipped for the PlayStationÃ‚Â®2 computer entertainment system in North America. Those wacky simians are back in the next installment of the highly popular Ape Escape franchise! A tournament-style game, Ape EscapeÃ‚Â®: Pumped & Primed™ unleashes players into a fast-paced sports marathon across two action-packed game modes. Ape EscapeÃ‚Â®: Pumped & Primed™ is rated TEEN for Mild Violence and has an MSRP of $39.99.
“Ape EscapeÃ‚Â®: Pumped & Primed™ is the perfect addition to the Ape Escape series – fans will love seeing their favorite characters from all the original videogames thrust into numerous exciting competitions,” Ubisoft’s Director of Business Development, James Regan, said. “What better way to expand on this fun-loving franchise than with an irreverent, sports-oriented action game that features all of the style and flair that characterizes the funny and bizarre Ape EscapeÃ‚Â® universe.”
About the Game
Original characters of the Ape EscapeÃ‚Â® series – Spike, Natalie, Casi, Jake and the Professor – have decided to enter the High-Tech Tournament! Odd things start happening in this computer-generated world when mysterious monkeys start to appear, along with archenemy Specter from Ape EscapeÃ‚Â®2. Trapped in the world by a new villain, our heroes must fight for their survival. Game features include:
• Two game modes: Play in Story mode, consisting of 44 competing levels and eight boss battles for up to two players, or Versus mode, with 21 pre-made tournaments for up to four players. Additionally, players can create their own tournaments from the 28 stages in Story mode.
• A mix of new and classic characters from Ape Escape: Play original characters such as Natalie, Spike, the Professor and Jake. New characters include Pipotron, Helga and a mysterious new boss.
• Beat the competition with a wide selection of gadgets: Each character will have a set of unique gadgets, including the Stunclub, Dragonfly, Slingshot, RC Car, Dash Hoop and WaterMech.
• More than 400 unlockable items: Special gadgets, clothes and fan emails, plus special summon abilities and movies.