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Sakura Wars (2019)
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Developer(s): Sega
Publisher(s):
Sega
Release Date:

Playstation 4 version:

Japan: 12/12/19
Korea: 12/12/2019
Taiwan: 12/12/2019
NA: 4/28/20
EU: 4/28/20
Genre: Action Role-Playing Game, Dating Sim, Visual Novel
Platform(s): PlayStation 4
Mode(s): Single-player
Series:

New Sakura Wars (新サクラ大戦, Shin Sakura Taisen) Is the latest main entry game in the Sakura Wars franchise. The game was released in Japan and Asia on December 12, 2019 and the rest of the world on April 28, 2019. Unlike the previous mainline Sakura Wars games which were developed by Red Company and Overworks New Sakura Wars was developed internally by SEGA. Now SEGA is not only the publisher and rights holder but now the series' new developer.

Gameplay

Like the previous entries in the series, New Sakura Wars was built as a Dramatic Adventure Game with the player not only fighting enemies but also interacting with teammates. In the adventure part, you can freely explore the Grand Imperial Theater and the city of Ginza created in 3D graphics, and enjoy conversation with members of the Imperial Combat Revue and their various stories. In your conversation with various characters you use the LIPS system to make many choices which influences you relationship with that character and influences the ending you get. The battle part is an hack en slash action battle system in which you play as Captain Kamiyama and also switch between the members of the Flower Division. In battle you make full use of the individuality of each character and their unique and deadly attacks to defeat the demons that stand in your way.

Story

New Sakura Wars takes place in Taisho Era 29 (1940), twelve years after the events of Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love. Ten years before the events of the story, an event known as the Great Kouma War devastated the Combat Revues of Tokyo, Paris, and New York, and their members have been missing since. Despite this, new Combat Revues were formed by other countries and a competition called The Great Combat Revue World War was to be held.

In the Imperial Capital, Tokyo, former Imperial Navy Captain Seijuro Kamiyama has been tasked with leading the Floral Division of New Combat Revue of Tokyo. Not only must he fight against the threat of the Kouma, but he also must help bring the Imperial Theater back to its former glory.

Characters

  • Seijuro Kamiyama (Voice Actor: Yohei Azakami) - The twenty-year-old protagonist of New Sakura Wars, formerly a captain in the Imperial Navy. He has been assigned to lead the reborn Imperial Combat Revue's Flower Division.
  • Sakura Amamiya (Voice Actor: Ayane Sakura) - A seventeen-year-old novice member of the Flower Division. She idolizes the top star of the old Flower Division Sakura Shinguji and desires to have both the combat and theater sides of the Combat Revue revived.
  • Hatsuho Shinonome (Voice Actor: Maaya Uchida) - A seventeen-year-old shrine maiden of the Shinonome Shrine. She loves her hometown of Shitamachi and the festivals and people in it. Despite her brazen nature, she's a mediator of the members of the Flower Division
  • Clarissa "Claris" Snowflake (Voice Actor: Saori Hayami) - A sixteen-year-old Luxembourgian who loves reading. She is a successor to the Juumadou style of black magic that utilizes books and has been passed down in her family.
  • Azami Mochizuki (Voice Actor: Hibiku Yamamura) - A thirteen-year-old descendant of the Mochizuki ninja clan. She is a prodigy that has mastered martial arts, weapons, tactics, and more.
  • Anastasia Palma (Voice Actor: Ayaka Fukuhara) - A nineteen-year-old Greek actress. She was formerly a star on the stages of Europe before transferring to the Imperial Combat Revue.
  • Sumire Kanzaki (Voice actor: Michie Tomizawa) - A member of the original Imperial Combat Revue's Flower Division who is now the director of the Great Imperial Theater and commander of the reborn Imperial Combat Revue.
  • Yasha (Voice Actor: Chisa Yokoyama) - An advanced Kouma who searches for an item called the "Imperial Key". She bears a striking resemblance to the original star of the old Flower Division, but what are her identity, motives, and goals?

Development

Project Sakura Wars was first revealed at SEGA Fes 2018 with a short teaser trailer. Shun Nakamura of SEGA CS2 revealed that the team behind Valkyria Chronicles would be working on the project. At SEGA Fes 2019 the title was officially unveiled with a reveal trailer. Shortly after, SEGA also announced Project Sakura Wars would be seeing a release in the West as well as Japan and Asia.

Long-time composer Kohei Tanaka will be returning to compose the score while the story structure will be handled by Jiro Ishii, the writer of 428: Shibuya Scramble. Project Sakura Wars is the first title whose character designs are not done by Kosuke Fujishima but by Tite Kubo, best known for his long-running manga Bleach.

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