TOKYO JUNGLE: Four New Animals Today

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TOKYO JUNGLE: Four New Animals Today

It’s been two weeks since we released TOKYO JUNGLE and we‘re thrilled with the comments we’ve received from players. Thanks to everyone who is enjoying the game!

Today, we are releasing four additional animal characters (Crocodile, Giraffe, Kangaroo, Panda) and giving away more costumes, so please be sure to check out PlayStation Store this afternoon.

In other news, we’ve received many questions about TOKYO JUNGLE’s premise and gameplay, so we asked Game Director Yohei Kataoka from Crispy’s and Producer Masaaki Yamagiwa from Japan Studio to elaborate on the game’s concept and inception.





Dais Kawaguchi, Assistant Producer: Can you please explain how you came up with the idea for TOKYO JUNGLE?

Yohei Kataoka, Game Director: The business philosophy for “Crispy’s Corporation,” the studio I established, is to “develop a new product that nobody has ever seen before.”

However, just because it’s new doesn’t mean it will be well received. When I was struggling to figure out how to create something that’s innovative and compelling, I came across an article of famous singer-songwriters in Japan and how they conceive their inspirations when creating lyrics. The method was to first come up with the “nouns” and “adjectives” separately, and then combining them later to create the song titles and lyrics.

For example, you have an adjective, “long,” and a noun, “cat.” Everybody is familiar with each of these words, but when you combine them, you will get, “Long Cat,” which is strange but catchy. When I read that article, I had a theory. If we combine a “common theme” and another “common theme,” would it become something unique and catchy? That’s how it came about.

Just making something new will not sell. I believed that in order to successfully sell a new title, we need to present something new, and something that everybody likes (something catchy). So, we came up with the following combinations: “Animals,” which are in common existence and something that most people like.
Plus, “a city where humans have disappeared,” a popular science fiction theme.

By combining these two themes, we believed that we could create an innovative and universally appealing new game IP.

DK: TOKYO JUNGLE is so unique. What was the most entertaining part about making the game?
YK: The background images are made by processing photo images, and the photo shooting was quite a handful. If there were people in the photo images, we needed to edit them out, so we chose to shoot at dawn when there aren’t any people.

We took the photos by standing on top of the center divider, in the middle of the street, taking side steps as we took photos, one shot per step… we looked like complete psychopaths out there (lol). We took over 500 shots, per photo session and ended up with tens of thousands of pictures.


DK: Are you nervous about the reaction over in the United States? Do you think the game will translate here?

Masaaki Yamagiwa, Producer: When we saw the smile on everyone’s face when we showcased TOKYO JUNGLE at E3 and Gamescom, we were convinced that it will be accepted overseas as well. Please enjoy TOKYO JUNGLE, a game where we strived to embrace Japanese uniqueness.

How many playable animal characters are there as in the U.S. version? Will you have the same downloadable animal feature?
MY: There will be 52 types of characters available and yes, all the animals available in the Japanese version will be available in the US version.

Are there any animals that you wish you could have included in the game?
YK: I wanted to have a T-Rex because I love monster movies like Godzilla. Our prototype actually had a stage where a T-Rex crashes through the freeway and chases animals.

I know this is a silly question, but if you were an animal in the game which one would you be?
YK: I think it’s important not to get hunted, so a hippopotamus (LOL). In real life and in game, hippos are very strong, so be careful!
MY: Baby chick… because when we announced TOKYO JUNGLE in Japan, the Baby Chick was just as popular as the Pomeranian. (LOL)

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  • This game is everything I used to love out of Japan. It has the uniqueness that you would only find on a Sony platform out of Japan from the PS2 era. There are games out of Japan that I love, but none of them push the edge like a Tokyo Jungle, and I love it to death! This game is also well put together and polished. Oh, and I would totally buy a Vita version as well, as long as the animals I buy on PS3 are compatible!

  • new animals, yes. big :D

  • This game is ridiculously addicting, I’ve been playing for a little over 50 hours now, haven’t unlocked many animals since the Golden Retriever (my favorite family pet, can’t stop trying to make him last 100 years!!!). I was praying that I would get to throw my wallet at this as a localization in the US and was totally blown away that it made it.

    THANK YOU!!!

    Also, please please please let the FULL DLC get localized as well. I’m absolutely in love with this game. Best bang for your buck on PSN.

  • @12, Cosmos- I too would be upset if mid-night release was promised. But it’s not & since this is a new initiative, the Day 1 program is a work in progress. Mid-night releases should be at the top of the “to do” list for Sony. Every bit of relevent information was posted already; not sure what’s “poor” or why you’re so surprised/upset. If you were expecting a digital mid-night release, you shouldn’t have made the purchase.

    Anyways, back on topic.

  • :) sorry, Brazilian in the field.

  • Tokyo Jungle is fantastic! Thanks for releasing it Sony! Buying this DLC asap. Please release more animals!

  • LOLLLLLLLL @1 :p

  • TheGreatOzric

    well said, well said. this game is amazing and a huge bang for your buck. realy wish that T-Rex made the cut.

  • I used to skeptic about Psn games,but now i see that there are some very imaginative games in downloadable form as well.

  • Does anyone know if the store updated yet? I bought Dishonored last night, and I’m just waiting for it to start downloading.

  • I used to not be into Psn games, but after my friend told me about them i’ve been purchasing alot of downloable games since.And these games are just as good as the physical copy games.

  • Awesome! Can’t wait to finally play as a Croc :) Also nice to know that you guys aren’t trying to milk this with high priced DLC, $0.99 per animal is a fair price. People with PS Plus got the game for $3 off, and the new DLC bundle is $2.49, so, even with the new animals pack, we still saved $0.50. Now we need some more avatar bundles, I want a crocodile one :D

  • this game is so addicting and unique, one of my favorite games of the year so far

  • I’m sorry but I haven’t started playing the game yet. I cry just thinking about a fluffy little Pom getting hurt. Nonetheless, I will buy whatever DLC you release. I have a long way to go to spend $100 in October.

  • I’m saving this game until I can play it through my Vita via Remote Play! ;) I hope I’m not dissapointed. =)

  • First of all, I love this game! I never really followed, researched, or even watch a trailer about this game. I just went, bought the game, played it, and instantly loved it. It’s one of the best unique games I’ve played this year. Although, it may be repetitive to others but I love the soundtrack on this game. It would be cool if we can download the official soundtrack of it, off from the PSN store! I’m glad you guys brought it over here to the U.S. and I’m sure a lot of us like this awesome game so far. Hopefully there will be more unique DLC items for us in the future? I liked the Patapon item, that was cool! Last but not least, I may sound like I’m praising so much of the game or whatever but thank you very much for the game! I love every bit of it!

  • First off…. Thank you!!! Tokyo Jungle is amazing!! thanks for bringing it here and at such a low price too. I have played the game to death and it’s great multiplayer with my step son too. I will get the dlc and support you guys.

    I hope the game was a success and I hope it shows Sony that quirky games will do well over here. Not everyone is into multiplayer shooters in the west. Some of us really miss quirky games like from the ps1 – ps2 era and jrpgs.. The focus this gen turned to fps to compete with the other console, and I get that, but many of us wanted more of the Japanese games that the last two gens brought.

    @38 – – why are you guys complaining about there being dlc? The animal list is huge and the game was $11 — it apparently was a full priced $60 game in Japan… so a little dlc taken from the extensive animal list isn’t that bad. It would of been bad if it was a more expensive game, or if 3/4 of the list was dlc… then i would be complaining. But only 3-4 of them out of what like 50 are…no big deal. And how do you have so many unlocked. I realize I don’t have the time like i used to play games, but jeesh you must of put 100+ hours opening all the animals up to the point you can’t do anymore.

  • Has anyone else noticed the black question marks next to the panda/saber tooth i’m pretty sure you guys noticed but i’m guessing there is going to more animals or creatures to come near future………..can’t wait!

  • and yea @39 you need to chill it will take some time to process other dlcs even though you already know what they are you’ll just have to wait like the rest

  • Hey Dais, is there going to be more upcoming DLC?

  • Please give us more animals as dlcs…RHINOS, snakes, turtles, GORILLAS, Penguins and Fox! PLEASE SONY! This game its epic and very addicted, its turns 1 of my favourite games of all time. THANKS SONY <3

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