You know what day it is and you know how PlatinumGames' director Hideki Kamiya has a habit of trolling fans.
With this in mind, the Japanese company known for series like Bayonetta has broadcast a clearly fake press conference earlier today announcing the "Neo-Classic Arcade Shocking 10" — a series supposedly comprised of the existing release Sol Cresta and 9 new games.
In the skit above (be sure to turn on subtitles), you can see Kamiya is not in the mood for questions on this particular day of the year. He spends a good amount of time mouthing off at the audience and then abruptly ends the conference so he can go and "burn rubber" on the freeway with his crew.
Platinum has also shared this announcement on its official website, which lists the 10 games (many of the new games are apparently works-in-progress):
PlatinumGames’ NEO-CLASSIC ARCADE series carries on the spirit and fun of classic gaming using modern technology.
On February 22, 2022, the first title in the series, SOL CRESTA, was released. (Now available on Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Steam!)
And on April 1st, 2022, PlatinumGames announced new plans for the “NEO-CLASSIC ARCADE” series at the “SHOCKING 10: Announcement of 9 All New Titles” press conference. Check out the video from the press conference!
Volume 1 - SOL CRESTA Free-Form Vertical Scrolling Shooting
Volume 2 - Galactic Badass Beat 'Em Up Action (WIP)
Volume 3 - Battle Action Block-Breaking Game (WIP)
Volume 4 - Sci-Fi Superhuman Soccer (WIP)
Volume 5 - Pt Spectacular Side-Scrolling Action (WIP)
Volume 6 - Constella-Style Side Scrolling Shooting
Volume 7 - High-Speed Action Racing (WIP)
Volume 8 - Dynamite Sexy Puzzle Game
Volume 9 - Ultimate Top-View Bastard Action (WIP)
Volume 10 - Apocalyptic Giant Robot Fighting (WIP)
So, what's actually going on here? It's hard to say when it comes to PlatinumGames. While the YouTube upload appears to be one big joke, based on the Japanese company's past history, the actual announcement of nine new games might actually be real — or at least one or two of them. 'Constella-Style Side Scrolling Shooting' and 'Dynamite Sexy Puzzle Game' are the only ones on the list that aren't works-in-progress, but who knows?
Sol Cresta was originally revealed on 1st April 2020 as part of a series of Platinum website announcements, and a year later on 1st April 2021, the same game was confirmed as a legit upcoming release.
What do you make of this latest announcement though? Is it just a joke, or is Platinum actually teasing something here? Tell us what you think in the comments section.
Oh yeah! Volume 9 - Ultimate Top-View Ba$tard Action, cannot wait!!
Wow I had to put a dollar sign in the above as you can put the real word in the above article, but not in the comments??
I'm not looking forward to today.
Some are funny, others are heartbreaking!
"Ultimate Top-View Bast4rd Action".
Way too good to be a joke.
I'll just stay off the internet today.
Every year I say the same thing: April Fools Day doesn’t work on the internet because people are trying to trick us on the internet all year round.
It starts, sob
Oh my. Hilarious. Really. I’m laughing. So funny.
You don’t have to crazy to work in that office but it helps.
I just can’t
Why do companies think these “jokes” are a good idea?
If they put as much time into the games and not on these “skits” we might have a new game to actually play.
The puzzle game may be Bayonetta 3.
Those game names are funny
Gotta love how one of the few 'final' names is 'Dynamite Sexy Puzzle Game'. That's funny.
Hold onto your sides, they might just split….guess you had to be there!!!
Now how about cracking on with Bayonetta 3 instead of this self indulgent nonsense.
Well Sol Cresta happened to be a joke originally. And in the trailers for the actual game they used that “Neo Classic Arcade” branding…
So who the f*** knows at this stage.
Bosses for Bayo3?
Their recent games and plans have been plenty shocking enough.
Their April Fools joke came much earlier dressed as "Babylons Fall"
I like how Platinum both goof off with their April Fool's prank every year, while at the same time revealing exciting genuine information that isn't a joke.
More garbage like Sol Cresta? No, thanks.
Platinum Games are a joke now you're correct Liam. I hate today. It used to be funny but not anymore, now it's just irritating.
Couldn’t even include the greatest arcade classic Metal Gear Rising?
April Fools is a bad day
This was awesome ^_^ Good on Platinum for putting some real effort into it.
Can't wait for Ultimate Top View Ba$tard!!!
Hey Platinum/Capcom… kindly make and release on Switch:
please and thanks.
… Wun can only hope.
@MrGawain I think you need to learn to be a little more trusting of people on the internet. Like this guy!
Considering their April fool’s jokes often become real products I expect some of this to come out in a year or two.
The biggest joke is: Platinum is dead. They sold their soul to Tencent, haven't made a strong game ever since.
Sigh i really wish Ultimate Top-View Bast*rd Action was real!!
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