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New Sakura Wars Game Unveils Opening Video With Series Theme Song

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
PS4 game launches in Japan on December 19, in the West in 2020

Sega began streaming the opening video for the Shin Sakura Taisen (Project Sakura Wars in English) game on Saturday. The video highlights the game's theme song "Geki! Teikoku Kagekidan," the long-running theme song of the series, with a new arrangement.

Bleach manga creator Tite Kubo is the main character designer for the new game in the Sakura Wars (Sakura Taisen) franchise, but the game has other character designers for other characters, including Yukiko Horiguchi (K-ON!, Tamako Market) for the Shanghai Assault Force characters, BUNBUN (Izetta: The Last Witch, Sakura Quest) for the London Assault Force characters, and Humikane Shimada (Girls und Panzer, Strike Witches) for the Berlin Assualt Force characters.

The game will launch for the PlayStation 4 in Japan on December 19, and in the West in spring 2020. The game is also inspiring a television anime by Sanzigen that will premiere in 2020.

Kōhei Tanaka is returning to the franchise to compose the music, Jirō Ishii (Under the Dog, BBK/BRNK, Monster Strike the Animation anime, 428: Shibuya Scramble and 'Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors' games) is in charge of story composition, and Ouji Hiroi is credited with the original work.

Sega stated that the game will feature both "adventure" and "battle" game systems, and players will also be able to forge bonds with the game's heroines.

The game will be an all-new work that "inherits the DNA of the series." The game will take place in the 29th year of the fictionalized "Taisho" period of the franchise in the capital of Tokyo, taking place 12 years after Sakura Wars V. Japan's actual Taisho period only lasted for 15 years, and the kanji used to write "Taisho" in Sakura Wars is different from the kanji used for the real Taisho period.

The game's protagonist is Seijuro Kamiyama, and it follows him as he leads a "New Imperial Assault Force" as Kouma once again appear in the capital, and as Assault Forces are created in towns all over the world.

Sega previously stated that it is planning to release the game simultaneously in Japan and Asia.

Original creator Ouji Hiroi and Sega launched the first game in the franchise for the Sega Saturn in 1996, and the last game in the series until now, Sakura Taisen V: Saraba Itoshiki Hito yo, launched for the PlayStation 2 in Japan in 2005. Sakura Taisen V is the only game in the series with an official English release. NIS America released the game under the title Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love in March 2010 for the PS2 and Nintendo Wii. The franchise recently received a new smartphone game in Korea last year.

The multimedia franchise also includes a previous television anime series, six video anime projects, an anime film, and manga.

Source: Sega's YouTube channel


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