Introducing Sakura Empire’s newest recruits! Idea Factory is excited to introduce 2 new characters, Shimakaze and Suruga, as well as 4 familiar faces in this week’s character update. Shimakaze and Suruga are brand new ships or “Kansen” that were recruited by the Sakura Empire, and they are making their official debut in the world of Azur Lane through Crosswave!
The 3D action shooter game, Azur Lane: Crosswave, will launch physically and digitally on the PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe and on Steam in February 2020. The Steam version will include Japanese, Traditional Chinese, and English subtitles.
Azur Lane, the original mobile app game released in China in 2017 for iOS and Android platforms, reached critical acclaim in China and Japan, hitting five million players within its first four months. In Azur Lane: Crosswave, the PS4 and Steam version of this game uses the Unreal Engine and recreates the beloved Azur Lane character designs in the style of cel-shaded 3D graphics!
An up-and-coming rookie that joined the fleet well after Ayanami did. She’s quick and a great listener: talents which she utilizes on the battlefield. Unfortunately, she seems to lack a sense of danger, so it’s not unusual to find her in unexpected trouble. She is constantly reminded to be careful, which she takes to heart, and is showing growth as she prepares to join the Joint Military Exercise. Of course, many of her seniors get first pick at good opportunities to fight, but she is still seeking to become the MVP along with her partner, Suruga, as she cleverly works her way to bend the rules of the event.
A brand new member of the Sakura Empire fleet who joined at the same time as Shimakaze. She wants to show that she can handle any work assigned to her. Upon first glance, she seems difficult to approach, but that’s only because she’s trying to hide her personality issues and her kindness. That said, she is having a hard time getting rid of the stress building within her, and keeps pointing out oddities inside her mind. One day, during an exercise, she ends up partnering with Shimakaze. Little did she know that this would change her fate quite drastically…
One of the higher ranking members within Sakura Empire who is known to speak her mind freely, even to her leader. She is often found berating others if it helps the cause of the Sakura Empire, and those offended by her do not often speak up as she is very powerful. That said, her words are well-grounded. Coupled with her strength, she is in no short supply of either friend or foe. She planned the Joint Military Exercise, and is, in many ways, causing quite a stir.
A revered member of the Sakura Empire who possesses an unparalleled amount of both charm and maturity. Always calm and gentle, she never fails to have a solution for difficult problems. She’s a perfect example of someone you want fighting for you… not against! Although she can become scared quite easily, she hides it well. She partners closely with Takao in her efforts to support the Sakura Empire.
Full-Time Secretary Ship/Battle Support:
A long-time member of the Royal Navy’s central fleet. She’s quite bold but has the power to back it up. She loves small and cute destroyers so much that it makes other Kansen cringe when she expresses her love for them. She takes on the role of supporting the Joint Military Exercise so that the event can be done safely.
A self-proclaimed journalist, but in reality, just a struggling writer. She gathers headline-worthy news that occurs within the Sakura Empire, and publishes it in a semi-official newspaper for the nation. With all the nations gathered for the Joint Military Exercise, she’s running around the place in search of juicy, newsworthy stories to publish. Her first mission… to get an interview with Eagle Union’s hero, Enterprise.
AZUR LANE: CROSSWAVE LIMITED EDITION PREORDERS BEGIN JANUARY 9 ON IFI’S NA ONLINE STORE
Preorders for the Azur Lane: Crosswave Limited Edition ($99.99) and Standard Edition ($49.99) through IFI’s NA Online Store begin January 9 at 11AM PT! Preorders through IFI’s EU Online Store are currently live. IFI’s NA Online Store has also added a new Wishlist feature, allowing customers to save a list of products and get notified when preorders go live.