PlatinumGames and Hideki Kamiya’s April Fools’ joke is the Neo-Classic Arcade, and its first game Sol Presta, revealed with a comedic trailer.
PlatinumGames and Hideki Kamiya published on April 1st their own April Fools’ 2020 joke as the fourth and final Platinum 4 announcement. In a pretty funny video, PlatinumGames reveals its new arcade system, the Neo-Classic Arcade, and its first game, Sol Presta, seemingly developed in collaboration with Hamster Corp.
— プラチナゲームズ公式アカウント (@platinumgames_j) April 1, 2020
According to the video, Sol Presta is the newest shmup in the Presta series, which contained two games: Moon Presta released in 1980, and Terra Presta released in 1985. These are parodies of Moon Cresta and Terra Cresta, two real shmup arcade games released in the 80’s. Back in 2014, both games got a new digital release as part of Hamster Corp’s Arcade Archives series on Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
Hideki Kamiya shared some comments on Twitter as well, explaining how did he thought up this april fools’ joke:
— 神谷英樹 Hideki Kamiya (@PG_kamiya) April 1, 2020
Here’s a quick translation: “This year, as usual, we, PlatinumGames, tried our best to make an April Fools’ joke. We’re living through tough times now, so as an entertainer, I wanted to cheer you all up. My thanks to Hamster Corp who cooperated with us for this joke. I have two rules when making an April Fools’ joke. First, it needs to be obvious that it’s a joke. Second, it needs to be something that won’t make you disappointed when you realize it’s not real. Following these two rules, this is the joke we made and we (I?) found it pretty exciting. I’ll be happy if it made you realize once again that when PlatinumGames fools around, we do it at full power.”
Platinum 4 included three announcements so far, The Wonderful 101 Remaster Kickstarter. The reveal of Project G.G. The launch of a new PlatinumGames studio in Tokyo, working on a new engine we explained here.
Unless the fourth Platinum 4 announcement was a joke in itself, and it’s pretty likely, my bet is we’ll get the real announcement tomorrow on April 2nd. Maybe it’ll be news regarding Bayonetta 3 or Babylon’s Fall.
The trailer for Sol Presta is included below.