Sega just showed off the first footage of the new Sakura Wars game that was announced last year at the their annual Sega Fes event in Japan. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the series, Sakura Wars is an RPG franchise that was huge in Japan during the late 90s and early 2000s and was one of Sega's most popular franchises at the time. The games are set in an alternate-history Taisho Era Japan that combines strategy RPG gameplay, featuring steampunk style mechs, with adventure segments that have dating sim elements. This newest game takes place in 1940, about a decade after the previous games in the series, and stars a completely new cast of characters.
The creator of the Bleach manga series, Tite Kubo, is designing the characters this time around instead of Kousuke Fujishima, who designed the characters in past entries. Jiro Ishii, the man who directed and wrote 428: Shibuya Scramble, is writing the story and Kouhei Tanaka is returning once again to compose the game's soundtrack. The game is set to be released for the PlayStation 4 at the end of 2019 in Japan and Sega has already announced that the game will be localized and released in the West in Spring 2020.
I'm a big fan of the series and have been writing about Sakura Wars here and there since I joined Giantbomb in 2010. I saw the trailer stream live as it was announced and it looks to be pretty much everything I wanted in a sequel in terms of production values (it even looks like the game might be running on the Yakuza series' new Dragon Engine but that is just a personal guess). Honestly, not sure how I feel about the new character designs but everything else looks wonderful. It has been 9 years since the last mainline game, So Long, My Love, was released in the US and almost 15 years since the title was published in Japan so it is super awesome to see the franchise coming back in a big way.
Anyone else interested or excited about the new Sakura Wars?