Sega has recentley revealed the latest installment in the Sakura
Taisen series of robotic combat adventure titles.
Developed for the Playstation 2 by OverWorks and published through Sega,
Sakura Taisen 5 will offer some traditional gameplay and new plot
devices to satiate the appetites of both old and newcomers to the series.
Inspired by the animated motion picture of the same name, Sakura Taisen
5 will sport a whole new cast of characters within the unique setting
of New York. The familiar combination of strategic gameplay and innate
draw of adventure, however, will still be present.
Announced simultaneously are two other titles. One is the spinoff title
Sakura Taisen 5 Action, which is lauded to possess more action-oriented
gameplay and plot perspective.
The other is Sakura Taisen ~ Atsuki Chishio ni ~, a highly heralded
remake of the Sega Saturn version of Sakura Taisen. Unlike the
Dreamcast remake, developers are claiming that this will be a far more
engaging and efficient merging of the successful old gameplay with new
Both Sakura 5 titles are slated for release in Japan sometime
in 2004. No information was made available concerning a North American
release. ~ Atsuki Chishio ni ~ is slated for release in Japan in
the spring of 2003.