PlatinumGames Announces Next Part of Neoclassical Arcade Series on April Fool’s Day
You may remember that last year PlatinumGames released a video of an apparently fake press conference that Hideki Kamiya and co. announced nine new “upcoming” games as part of a series called Neo-Classic Arcade. This year, the studio has returned to it again with the introduction of a Spectacular Side-Scrolling Action game starring V-Tuber and the mascot Pt Shirogane.
The game was announced on the fictional Happy-Go-Lucky Underground Radio show hosted by Pt. You can watch the full disclosure in the video above (don’t forget to turn on the subtitles), with a small amount of gameplay footage (assuming it’s a real game) appearing at the 3:17 mark.
It looks like some kind of neon platformer full of floating robot enemies and giant glowing bullets. If it’s a joke then it’s pretty well done, if not then we think there’s some work to be done.
This game will be the second in the Neo-Classic Arcade series, which, according to PlatinumGames websitewill eventually consist of the following headers:
Volume 1 – SOL CRESTA Freeform Vertical Scroll Shooting
Volume 2 – Galactic Badass Beat ‘Em Up Action (WIP)
Volume 3 – Block Breaking Fighting Game (WIP)
Volume 4 – Sci-Fi Superhuman Football (WIP)
Volume 5 – Pt Spectacular Side-Scrolling Action (WIP)
Volume 6 – Constella Style Side Scrolling Shooting
Volume 7 – Speed Racing (WIP)
Volume 8 – Sexy Dynamite Puzzle Game
Volume 9 – Ultimate Top View Bastard Action (WIP)
Volume 10 – Apocalyptic Giant Robot Fights (WIP)
Of course, the big question is, is it real? Last year’s fictional press conference shed a very clear light on the whole “we’re doing a parody guys” thing with its long list of work in progress, but you can never know for sure with PlatinumGames.
The Neo-Classic Arcade series, which the studio says “seeks to capture the spirit and fun of classic games using modern technology,” sounds like nothing more than an April Fool’s joke, but PlatinumGames says the collection has kicked off. with Sol Cresta and when was it announced? That’s right, April 1, 2021.
So, does that mean a Pt-starring side-scroller is the real deal? May be. Probably no. We know Kamiya has a habit of trolling fans, but this isn’t the first time an April Fool’s Day announcement has turned out to be true. We guess we’ll just have to wait and see…
What do you think of this announcement? Is this just a joke or is something really going on? Let us know about it in the comments.