Platinum is making a sequel to a 1985 shmup called Sol Cresta

Platinum is making a sequel to a 1985 shmup called Sol Cresta

Japanese action game specialist Platinum is working on a new shoot-em-up called Sol Cresta.

The title was revealed yesterday – yes, we're aware it was April Fool's Day – and is apparently set for PC, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. It's actually a sequel to 1985 arcade title Terra Cresta.

Platinum previously "announced" Sol Cresta last year on... April 1st, but it turns out that it is real this time.

"It's not an April Fool's joke anymore," Platinum wrote in a post on Twitter, "it's really happening!"

Sol Cresta is being co-developed by Hamster Corp, who owns the rights to the shmup series. The Cresta series started life in 1980 with Moon Cresta.

Best known for action titles like Bayonetta, Nier Automata and The Wonderful 101, Platinum has been trying to expand in recent years. The firm opened a brand new studio in Tokyo at the start of 2020 and is trying to grow beyond working on other peoples' IP.

Platinum has said that it wants to explore new genres and styles of play – which Sol Cresta definitely fits into – and last year also remade The Wonderful 101. The title was previously only available on Nintendo's Wii U.

The developer also attracted investment from Chinese games firm Tencent in January 2020. Last May, the company had to debunk rumours it was being acquired by Microsoft.

PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.