Sega has released new information and screenshots of Project Sakura Wars introducing the first episode of the story, titled “A New Wind.”
Get the details below.
■ What is Project Sakura Wars?
Project Sakura Wars is an dramatic 3D action adventure game that stars the Imperial Combat Revue fighting evil in a fictional “Taisho” era Tokyo. The main character designs are done by Tite Kubo, the author of the hit manga Bleach from Weekly Shonen Jump.
The music is written by Kouhei Tanaka, the composer who has contributed many songs to past Sakura Wars titles. The story is being written by Jirou Ishii, who has been a writer for games, anime, and films. Please look forwards to a game that Sega is developing with all its resources.
■ Story Introduction – Episode One: “A New Wind”
Year 29, Taisho era. A man stands in Ginza, of the imperial capital, Tokyo. His name, Seijuurou Kamiyama.
After graduating with flying colors from the naval military academy, he was on duty aboard a special missions ship, only to be sent back on land duty.
“So this place is my destination… the Great Imperial Theater… theater?”
When he arrived at the Great Imperial Theater, he ran into Sakura Amamiya. She was a childhood friend Kamiyama used to play with 10 years ago.
Amamiya joined the Floral Division to follow her dream in admiration of Sakura Shinguuji, who was once the top star of the Imperial Combat Revue: Floral Division. Sumire Kanzaki, the manager of the Imperial Theater, tells Kamiyama of his new mission. The theater is the headquarters for the Imperial Combat Revue, and Kamiyama is appointed to become the leader of the Floral Division. Kamiyama is stunned to be meeting the legendary Sumire.
However, upon hearing the details, the glory days of the Floral Division have long passed, as there is no budget, no human resources, and the defense of the Imperial Capital is uncertain. Sumire is going to get the division back on its feet. Thinking it will be difficult, Kamiyama accepts his mission.
Meeting the unique members of the Floral Division, such as Hatsuho Shinonome and Claris, Kamamiya sees the condition of the theater. Run down theater equipment and terrible performance, as well as poorly-maintained and outdated Spiricle Armor. Kamiyama worries whether or not he can really get the team back on its feet as his own new Spiricle Fighter, a state of the art mech, is yet to arrive.
One day, an important piece of mail arrives for the Floral Division. It stated that if they do not make progress, the squad will be disbanded. “That’s impossible!” both Hatsuho and Claris acclaim. But Kamiyama himself is already accepting fate, saying “it cannot be helped….” Sakura scolds Kamiyama for his mood. Meanwhile, a hoard of “puppet drones” attack the Imperial Capital with an enemy count not seen since the “Great Gouma War” ten years prior.
The Floral Division dispatches their Spiricle Fighters and intercepts the attackers, but the area around the Imperial Theater gets caught in an “illusional field” that absorbs spirit energy.
Defeating the Gouma inside the field, the Imperial Combat Revue manages to escape the illusional field. However, Sumire was unable to smile after the surprise attack from the Gouma.
View the screenhots at the gallery.