Sol Cresta Soundtrack by Yuzo Koshiro streaming on Amazon Music
Developer Nichibutsu published arcade game Moon Cresta in 1980, followed by the sequel Terra Cresta in 1985. 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 2D shoot-em-up revival Sol Cresta launched on February 22nd for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch consoles. The title aimed both to revive the long-running franchise and kick off a larger rebooting initiative, which PlatinumGames director Hideki Kamiya has dubbed their "Neo-Classic Arcade Series."
According to the Koshiro, the Streets of Rage series composer, 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."
The soundtrack album includes arrangements of Kenji Yoshida's music for Terra Cresta. Koshiro's "Neptune Storm" is previewed on PlatinumGames' official weblog.
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.Apple Music - Sol Cresta (Original Soundtrack + Bonus Tunes) - Vol.1 / Vol.2
YouTube Music - Sol Cresta (Original Soundtrack + Bonus Tunes) - Vol.1 / Vol.2
PlatinumGames - The Making of SOL CRESTA Sound by Yuzo Koshiro
Sol Cresta soundtrack will be on the streaming services on 23 Feb. As a successor of the series, Moon Cresta and Tera Cresta inspire it, and it uses several OPL2 and PCM to get a more evolutional and unique sound, also reminiscent of Nichibutsu arcade games in the 80s. https://t.co/VfOVMZC4mg— Yuzo Koshiro (@yuzokoshiro) February 20, 2023