How do you follow up an April Fool’s Day gag that broke the hearts of arcade fans from all over the world? If you’re the legendary developer PlatinumGames, the answer is to make that joke a reality. Exactly one year after teasing Sol Cresta, the studio announced that the game is “now in development” and plans to release it later this year on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PC (via Polygon).
The game will continue the decade-old Cresta shoot-up series. The first title in the series came out in 1980 and has created several sequels over the years. You can play two of these, Moon Cresta and Terra Cresta, through the Arcade Archives collection on PlayStation 4. For that you still do not think this is a cruel joke on the part of Platinum, Hamster Corp., the company that helps it develop the title, filed for a logo trademark last month. Per Gematsu, a South Korean regulator recently also reviewed the game.
Today’s announcement is the latest milestone in an ongoing promotional push PlatinumGames has named Platinum 4. Previous revelations included a remaster of The amazing 101 and a new original IP code name Project GG. The studio is now teasing a new announcement for later in the year.