Tuesday, April 20, 2021

PlatinumGames made the same April Fool’s Day joke twice in a row … So is it a joke?

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Platinum Games has released a new trailer for its April Fool’s Day 2020 game Crete, leading many to wonder if it will actually release. Returning in April 2020, Platinum Games updated their website ‘Platinum 4’ and revealed a side-scrolling shooter called Sol Cresta, which was apparently in development in conjunction with HAMSTER Corporation.

Since the news arrived on April Fool’s Day, it’s believed the game wasn’t actually a real project, despite its authenticity. Enough on, the trailer was eventually tagged with #AprilFoolsDay and #Gotcha, confirming that it was a ruse.

But move quickly to April 2021 and Platinum is back. There is a new trailer for Sol Cresta, but this time there are no April Fools’ Day tags. Instead, we get footage of gameplay in development, and the trailer ends by revealing that the game is coming to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam, as part of the NEO-Classic Arcade Series Vol. 1.

So, are the developers still kidding? As spotted by Elixir on Twitter, an official mark of Sol Cresta was spotted in February, adding more fuel to the fire than the game really comes out.

It wouldn’t be the first time that an April Fool’s Day game has come true. Yakuza: Like a dragon’s turn-based combat was famous for the first time advertised as an April Fool’s Day joke.

Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.



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