Kidney: Automata and Bayonetta developer PlatinumGames’ latest project is a vertical scrolling Sol Cresta. It’s a sequel to the 1985 arcade game Terra Cresta, and yes, apparently it’s real, despite today’s date.
PlatinumGames announced Sol Cresta Thursday with a trailer that reveals that the game is currently under development for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. The developer actually “announced” Sol Cresta April 1, 2020, a revelation that was believed to be an April gift day. But Sol Cresta is apparently genuine, and is being developed in collaboration with Hamster Corp. ̵
The first game in the shmup series with vertical scrolling was Moon Cresta. It was developed by Nichibutsu and released in arcades in 1980. The sequel, Terra Cresta, hit arcades in 1985, and created several sequels, including Terra Force, Terra Cresta 2, and Terra Cresta 3D. Moon Cresta and Terra Cresta is available as Arcade Archives releases on PlayStation 4.
PlatinumGames’ unveiling of Sol Cresta is part of a series of announcements the developer has called Platinum 4. The studio also announced Project GG, The Wonderful 101 Remasteredand PlatinumGames Tokyo as part of the promotional pressure. A fifth “bonus” announcement is planned for 2021.
Sol Cresta does not have a confirmed release date, but the title was recently ranked in Korea, suggesting an upcoming launch.