Out of the blue Sony brought Ape Quest on the PlayStation Store yesterday as a downloadable PSP game. You may not have heard the Ape Quest name before, but you might recall Sarugetchu: The Record of Piposaru War. This is the English localized version of the thinly veiled collection of mini games wrapped in an action RPG setting. Sony chose to sell Ape Quest in three chapters: red, gold and blue. Each one costs $9.99, but you can get all of them at a discount for $19.99. The prologue chapter is required to play the other three chapters and it’s free in North America so go and try Ape Quest out. Singapore and the rest of Asia aren’t as lucky, they have to pay for the Ape Quest prologue chapter. Sarugetchu: The Record of Piposaru War has yet to arrive in Japan where it was first announced.
Since Ape Quest is Sarugetchu: The Record of Piposaru War and not Sarugetchu: Saru Saru Daisakusen chances don’t look good for a localized version of the latter. Perhaps, a successful launch of Ape Quest will change Sony's outlook on the Ape Escape series. They could release localized versions Sarugetchu: Piposaru Racer and Sarugetchu: Saru Saru Daisakusen via digital distribution in the future.