The Playstation 3 game, Afrika, is finally coming to North America. Natsume will be bringing the quirky Japanese game over sometime in 2009.
Afrika was first seen at E3 2006 as part of the showcase for the Playstation 3, which was set to launch at the end of the year. The tech demo stood out against other videos thanks to its expansive and highly-detailed take on the African wildlife. Although there wasn’t any real gameplay footage, Afrika became one of the most hyped Playstation 3 games early on.
However, the Playstation 3 exclusive game would disappear completely from the public view. For that reason, many thought that Afrika was either cancelled or simply nothing more than a tech demo for the Playstation 3. Afrika would resurface a year later unbeknownst to the public with, for the first time ever, gameplay footage.
When the gameplay footage was shown, many people immediately thought of Pokémon Snap. The 1999 Nintendo 64 game focuses on snapping pictures of Pokémon creatures. You will ride on an automatically moving vehicle throughout exotic lands to take pictures of Pokémons in their natural habitat. This game’s essence is the same as Afrika on the Playstation 3.
In fact, you could say that Afrika is a more evolved form of Pokémon Snap. As you may have guessed from the name, the upcoming Playstation 3 exclusive is set in the land of Africa. You will venture through the plains, desserts and savannahs of the massive continent filled with diverse wildlife. To traverse the massive lands, you can either use a jeep, hot air balloon or simply your own two feet.
The objective of Afrika is to become a great animal photographer. You must take pictures of wild animals at just the perfect moment in order to earn money. You can spend the cash on upgrading your equipment and unlocking real-life footage bought to you by National Geographic.
Sony Computer Entertainment published the game in Japan and released it on August 28, 2008. In spite of all the initial hype for the game in addition to numerous fan requests, they decided to not bring this unique title to the west.
Just like another Playstation 3 exclusive game, Demon’s Souls, the Sony-published Japanese game eventually found a new home with a third-party gaming company. Natsume has picked up the slab and will be bringing Afrika to North America. Best known for the Harvest Moon series, the small company specializes in publishing niche titles. Therefore, Afrika is a perfect fit for them.
Look for the Playstation 3 exclusive game to arrive before the end of 2009.