Yuzo Koshiro scores Sol Cresta by PlatinumGames

Britt on 2022-02-04
2D shoot-em-up Sol Cresta is scheduled for release on February 22nd for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch consoles. The first showing of the modern-day 'shmup by developer PlatinumGames Inc. was in the guise of an April Fools’ joke.

Sol Cresta is, in fact, very real. The title seeks both to revive the long-running franchise and kick off a larger rebooting initiative, which Platinum director Hideki Kamiya has dubbed their Neo-Classic Arcade Series. Developer Nichibutsu published arcade game Moon Cresta in 1980, followed by the sequel Terra Cresta in 1985.

Music for Sol Cresta is by Streets of Rage series composer Yuzo Koshiro. According to the musician, the score places a high priority on retaining electronic music conventions of its predecessors. "A few months before I received the offer," Koshiro explains, "by sheer coincidence and just for fun I had copied Terra Cresta’s music using the PC-88’s FM sound source so from a technical standpoint, I was already prepared to start."

Koshiro's "Neptune Storm" from Sol Cresta is previewed on PlatinumGames' official weblog. The standalone soundtrack album will be published by record label Sweeprecord in Japan, in association with Koshiro's company Ancient corp., and include arrangements of Kenji Yoshida's music for Terra Cresta. Domestic preorders open at CDJapan and Play-Aia.

From the product page:
PlatinumGames’ NEO-CLASSIC ARCADE series carries on the spirit and fun of classic gaming using modern technology, and the first project in this endeavor is SOL CRESTA. SOL CRESTA takes the docking and formation strategies of classic shooting games Moon Cresta and Terra Cresta and elevates them with the “free-form docking” system. The flagship Yamato, composed of the fighters Amaterasu, Tsukuyomi, and Susano can utilize various attacks depending on how the three ships are aligned. Docking, splitting, and reforming the ships as needed is the key to defeating the invading armies of Mega Zofer.
CDJapan - Sol Cresta Original Soundtrack

Play-Asia - Sol Cresta Original Soundtrack

PlatinumGames - The Making of SOL CRESTA Sound by Yuzo Koshiro

Sweeprecord - ソルクレスタ オリジナルサウンドトラック