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

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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 humor 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.


Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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i think the joke is that theyre crowdfunding it