This Is Either A Cruel Joke Or A Terribly Timed Game Announcement

Screenshot: Official Site

Today, game maker Granzella launched a website for R-Type Final 2. Today is April Fool’s Day. This is either an awful, mean joke or terrible timing.

The official website doesn’t look like a joke—unless the humour is so subtle that it has gone completely over my head.

“Granzella has started planning to bring out the latest work of the milestone in side-scrolling shooter games, R-Type, which went out into the world in 1987,” the official site states. “In this latest version of R-Type game, all the player fighters that appeared in R-Type Final, expressions of attacks, operability and the exhilarating feeling of the gameplay will be intensified.”

Not exactly side-splittingly hilarious, huh? R-Type Final was released in 2003, so maybe the joke is that this is a sequel to the “final”? I guess?

The site adds that the stages are being rebuilt from the ground up, and this will be the first R-Type with a 16:9 ratio.

Usually, April Fool’s jokes in Japan make a mention to the date—for example, saying whatever news is limited to April 1 or whatever.

But if you scroll down to the bottom of the official page and...

Planning to Launch a Crowdfunding Campaign

We are planning to run a crowdfunding campaign to elicit cooperation from R-TYPE fans for “Project R”—Granzella’s New R-TYPE production project.

The next update is scheduled around May. We kindly ask for your cooperation.

Yeah, this doesn’t seem like a joke. April Fool’s Day is very much a thing in Japan, especially online, so I’m not sure why they picked today.


    Its also the first Monday of the month, which is a pretty common decision point for businesses. April also happens to be the start of a new quarter, making it doubly relevant.

    It could just be sucky that its April 1 as well. Of course, it could also be an April Fools Day prank just as easily. Guess we'll find out either way in May...

    If you’re like me grunt you should probably look up at Vooks has just fooled us telling us that Microsoft and British developer Rare are bringing back our favorite Nintendo 64 titles to the Nintendo Switch in Rare Replay 64.
    They even said they are going to include Goldeneye 007 but not Disney’s Mickey Speedway USA or Donkey Kong 64.
    So let’s just stop that right here for a second because that is not going to happen.
    Rare may have been experiencing licensing issues but there is no way that our favorite Nintendo 64 characters like Banjo Kazooie and Conker are coming back. I mean I’m still happy that Microsoft executive Phil Spencer said he is still open to the idea of bringing Banjo and Kazooie on to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch.
    But Rare Replay 64 coming to Nintendo Switch that is not going to happen.
    I’m getting sick and tired of these stupid April Fools Day jokes.

    there is a whole world that exists outside of april fools pranks...

    Please be real. I must crush the Budo Empire.

    Genuinely hope this is real. R-Type Final is one of the best shooters on PS2 and it's damn-near criminal that it's never had a HD remaster or re-release of any sort.

    i guess no one told square enix about this 'rule' huh?

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