Sega has released new information and screenshots of Project Sakura Wars introducing the game’s story, setting, characters, and mechs.
Get the details below.
■ What is Project Sakura Wars?
Project Sakura Wars is a dramatic 3D adventure game set in the Imperial capital Tokyo in a fictional “Taisho Era” that tells the story of the Imperial Combat Revue and their battle against evil.
The main characters are designed by Tite Kubo, who is well-known as the author the Weekly Shonen Jump manga Bleach. Kouhei Tanaka, who has worked on a number of songs for the series in the past, will return as composer. The story structure will be handled by Jiro Ishii, who has worked in games, anime, movies, and beyond.
Sega is putting their all into the latest Sakura Wars, so please look forward to it.
Taisho Year 19. In the Imperial capital Tokyo, a battle called the “Great Kouma War” had begun. The Combat Revues of Tokyo, Paris, and New York boldly confronted the threat and saved the world.
But the heroic Combat Revues were annihilated as a result—.
After that, the Combat Revues’ city defense initiatives were recognized worldwide for their achievements in the Great Kouma War. And the “World Combat Revue Federation (WLOF)” was established. Combat Revues formed in cities throughout the world. And the World Combat Revue Federation organized a “Combat Revue Competition” where the Combat Revues of each country compete in opera and battle, enhancing each other’s strength. Onlookers the world over went crazy for the battle between young ladies that comes only once every two years known as the “Great Combat Revue World War.”
Ten years have passed since then, and it is now Taisho Year 29.
The Imperial Combat Revue has been resurrected in the Imperial capital Tokyo, where the Combat Revue had long come to an end. The “New Combat Revue” will fight in the Great Combat Revue World War with their sights set on victory.
However, this festival of peaceful competition between friends and comrades in arms will take a sudden turn for the worse—from a “peaceful festival” to a “battle for the fate of the world”—when the Kouma resurface throughout the world and a mysterious new enemy appears.
Will the New Combat Revue led by new protagonist Seijuurou Kamiyama be able to show justice and protect peace in the Imperial capital and the world?
A new Sakura Wars story begins now!
■ The Setting
Project Sakura Wars is set in the Imperial capital Tokyo in Taisho Year 29.
Twelve years have passed since the events of Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love. The streets of Ginza have become more modern with a greater mix of western and Japanese culture, and the city itself has evolved into an advanced steam-based civilization.
Adventure parts play out on a 3D map from start to finish. Both the interior of the Great Imperial Theater and streets of Ginza are expressed in CG that only PlayStation 4 could produce.
The time limited choices system known as “LIPS” and “Trust Levels” that have appeared in previous Sakura Wars games will also return in Project Sakura Wars.
Seijuurou Kamiyama (voiced by Yohei Azakami)
The protagonist of Project Sakura Wars. The leader of the “Imperial Combat Revue: Floral Division.” 20 years-old. He originally served as a special service ship captain in the navy, but was reassigned to the Imperial Combat Revue, where he was appointed the commanding officer of the newly reborn “Imperial Combat Revue: Floral Division.”
Sakura Amamiya (voiced by Ayane Sakura)
A member of the “Imperial Combat Revue: Floral Division.” 17 years-old. She admires Sakura Shinguuji, the top star of the former Floral Division, and enlists in the Floral Division as a novice member. She has strong feelings for the Imperial Combat Revue: Floral Division that protects Tokyo, as well as the Imperial Opera Troupe that boosts the citizens’ spirits, and greatly desires the reconstruction of both sides.
Hatsuho Shinonome (voiced by Maaya Uchida)
A member of the “Imperial Combat Revue: Floral Division.” 17 years-old. A shrine maiden of the Shinonome Shrine, passed down from generation to generation in the Imperial Capital. Born in the old town, she is a pure woman of Edo who loves the old town, festivals, and the town’s people. While she usually comes off as rude, she is a mediator who proves reliable to everyone in the Floral Division.
Azami Mochizuki (voiced by Hibiku Yamamura)
A member of the “Imperial Combat Revue: Floral Division.” 13 years-old. The descendant of a ninja family that practices in the Mochizuki Style, she is a young prodigy that has mastered martial arts, strategy, weaponry, and the like. Since before she could even perceive the world, she had a strict upbringing, and strongly believes in the “108 Laws” passed down from the ancient ninja village. Protecting those laws are of great importance to her.
Anastasia Palma (voiced by Ayaka Fukuhara)
A member of the “Imperial Combat Revue: Floral Division.” 19 years-old. A star who played an active role in European theater. She wandered from troupe to troupe before joining the Imperial Combat Revue. Her singing and acting abilities are top class, and given her looks, she can easily handle a wide range of roles, from male roles to sexy female roles.
Claris (voiced by Saori Hayami)
A member of the “Imperial Combat Revue: Floral Division.” 16 years-old. She is from Luxembourg. She is a sweet literary girl who loves reading books. Through books, she is learning various things each day and is filled to the brim with curiosity. Her full name is Clarissa Snowflake. She is the successor of “Juumadou” black magic, which utilizes books and is passed down from generation to generation in the noble Snowflake family of Luxembourg.
■ Spiricle Fighters
Spiricle Armor are humanoid spiricle weaponry that can only be operated by steam, which has strong spiritual power, that were developed for anti-magic battle. Spiricle Fighters are based on the traditional Spiricle Armor, but use a new framework of spiricle weaponry drawn up by the World Combat Revue Federation (WLOF). Unlike Spiricle Armor, Spiricle Fighters have a higher output of spiricle systems. Since they have much higher spiricle conversion efficiency and require less spiritual power from the pilot, Spiricle Fighters have been developed as the standard format to utilize in every country following the Great Kouma War.
Spiricle Fighter: Mugen
Kanzaki Heavy Industries’ first mass-produced Spiricle Fighter. A mech designed as an official Spiricle Fighter based on the development of the Spiricle Armor Sanshiki Koubu. It is even equipped with a Spiricle Supercharger. It is an easy to operate mech with little negative traits in performance, as well as the main weapon of the Imperial Combat Revue: Floral Division.
—Seijuurou Kamiyama’s Mugen
Spiricle Armor: Sanshiki Koubu
A mech developed by Kanzaki Heavy Industries with an eye toward shifting the framework from Spiricle Armor to Spiricle Fighter. It was an attempt at making a lighter model based on the Koubu Nishiki using Anshar steel. However, its infrastructure is not notably different from the Koubu Nishiki, and it does not have a Spiricle Supercharger, so its overall output and spiritual efficiency is not very good. While its general fighting power is lacking compared to a Spiricle Fighter, it became the basis for the Spiricle Fighter Mugen that came after it.
—Sakura Amamiya’s Sanshiki Koubu
Project Sakura Wars is due out for PlayStation 4 this winter in Japan, and in spring 2020 in North America and Europe.
View the screenshots at the gallery.