It’s the most unfunny day of the year again and the makers of Bayonetta have announced more new games that may or may not be real.
We’re really worried about PlatinumGames. Since they began focusing on self-publishing around 2020, the quality and quantity of their games has taken a nosedive, as has their ability to reasonably discuss their titles in public.
They’ve always been obsessed with April Fool’s Day jokes and their latest is a six-minute video in which they pretend to announce nine games, except they might be real…it’s hard to tell.
The whole thing is clearly designed as a joke and yet When Platinum last announced a game like this, they later revealed, long after everyone had forgotten, that it was actually real.
This game was the okay 2D shooter Sol Cresta, which is nominally part of what Platinum calls the Neo-Classic Arcade Collection. Whether there are actually any other neo-classic arcade games out there is hard to say.
The announcements website lists all the names of the games as they work, with the video implying the first could really be called GalaPun, although if that’s any indication of anything, it’s lost to us.
This is the full list of titles, with all but one represented by silhouettes reminiscent of other non-platinum games. High-Speed Action Racing, for example, appears to be a nod to F-Zero, while Dynamite Sexy Puzzle Game appears to feature Vanessa Z. Schneider from Capcom’s PN03.
PN03 was helmed by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami who, although he left years ago, was one of the original founders of PlatinumGames, so it’s not inconceivable that Platinum could have licensed the character from Capcom. Why they then put them in a puzzle, however, is a mystery.
PlatinumGames Neo-Classic Arcade Series Shocking 10
- Sol Cresta
- Galactic badass beat ’em up action
- Fight action block breaking game
- Sci Fi Superhuman Soccer
- Pt Spectacular side scrolling action
- Constella style side scrolling shoot
- High speed action racing
- Dynamite Sexy Puzzle Game
- Ultimate top view bastard action
- Apocalyptic giant robot battle
Pt Spectacular Side-Scrolling Action is the only image that isn’t a silhouette, but that seems to be because it’s an original character, although it still doesn’t reveal anything about the game.
It’s very likely that the silhouettes are just placeholders and aren’t entirely representative of the final games, or, you know, the whole thing is just a silly joke.
However, we have a feeling that at least some of these games are legit, possibly all, with the only sane part of the video being Sol Cresta co-producer Takahito Washisaka claiming that the first title will have a similar budget to Sol Cresta will have and will be released in 2023.
It’s all so unnecessary though, and shows that Platinum hasn’t learned anything from the Sol Cresta confusion.
That’s one thing when they have the security of being published by someone else, but now that they’re paying for everything their own way, trying to get people interested in your games doesn’t seem like a sensible way to go .
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