Project Sakura Wars Japanese Date, Further Details Announced
Sega held a livestream presentation for Project Sakura Wars, during which the company announced a Japanese release date for PlayStation 4 of December 12, 2019. The company also provided many other details as well as new images and a new trailer, also revealing that the game’s theme song is performed by Sakura Amamiya’s voice actor Sakura Ayane.
Two new characters were introduced, both members of the Shanghai Combat Revue operating aboard the Wu Shenglong. The Shanghai Combat Revue acted as the defense force for the Imperial capital prior to the creation of the Imperial Combat Revue. Yang Xiaolong is the captain of the Shanghai Combat Revue: Floral Division. He is incredibly honest and outside of battle serves as a skilled chef specialising in Chinese-style fried rice. Meanwhile, Huang Yui is one of his subordinates and is known for being easygoing and energetic.
The new trailer and livestream showed off the first combat footage from the game. In a significant change for the series, the combat is action-based, with players able to switch which mecha-piloting character they are controlling.
Project Sakura Wars is set in an alternate world in Taisho Year 29, which would be the real-world equivalent of 1940 had the Taisho era not ended with the passing of the emperor in 1926 (Taisho Year 15). The game takes place twelve years after the events of Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love and ten years after the Great Kouma War, during which forces from Tokyo, Paris, and New York saved the world from supernatural threats. A western release is planned for spring 2020.