Sega Announces New Sakura Wars Title
During the Sega Fes 2019 being held in this weekend in Tokyo, Japan, Sega announced a brand new title in the Sakura Wars tactical RPG series. The game is currently known under the working title Project Sakura Wars and is planned for release in Japan in winter 2019, with a western release confirmed for spring 2020.
The new game is set in a romanticised version of 1940s Tokyo, twelve years after the events of Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love. The game features a new cast of characters and new players will not need to have played any of the previous entries in the series. It will retain the series’ familiar combination of adventure and combat sections. In the former, players explore the Great Imperial Theatre that acts their base and the surrounding city, improving their relationship with other characters. Actions in this may help players in the accompanying combat sections, where players are tasked with using mechs to defeat invading enemies.
The main protagonist is Seijuurou Kamiyama, who is 20 years-old and the newly-appointed commander of the Imperial Combat Revue: Floral Division after serving in the navy. Sakura Amamiya is one of his subornidates, who has only recently enlisted, hoping to follow in the footsteps of one of the division’s star members. Hatsuho Shinonome is another member of the division, and is a shrine maiden, with the role being passed down through her family for many generations.
The fourth of the main characters introduced is Azami Mochizuki, who is a prodigy at 13 years old and the descendant of a family of ninjas. Meanwhile, Anastasia Palma is a star from European theatre who has joined the Imperial Combat Revue after moving between various troupes. Finally, Claris Snowflake is a book-loving girl from Luxembourg, and is the successor to a brand of black magic.