Idea Factory Unveils Six More Characters for Azur Lane: Crosswave

Publisher Idea Factory International have once again been updating the Azur Lane: Crosswave website with new character information and as such six additional characters, along with their bios, have been revealed; with characters including Sakura Empire: Kaga, Kongou, Cleveland, Saratoga, Atlanta and Admiral Hipper.

Characters:

Newly Announced Playable Characters:

Kaga:
Kaga sees Akagi as her older sister, despite being as strong as her. She’s usually friendly, but often acts as a counter to Akagi’s tendency to going a little wild. That said, their temperaments in battle are similar. She may sound cold at times, but she is a very compassionate individual and has earned the respect of many.

Cleveland:
A core member of the Eagle Union. She’s the eldest of a group of particularly interesting sisters. Her openness causes people to see her as tomboyish. She spends her time tending to her bonsai. The reason she decided to take part in the Joint Military Exercise was because she heard that whoever was chosen as the MVP will receive a special bonus at the end of the event.

Kongou:
A former member of the Royal Navy who is currently associated with the Sakura Empire. She acts like a member of the Royal Navy, but her caring nature is more in line with the nature of the Sakura Empire. Her accolades have given her the job of acting as the receptionist for the Joint Military Exercise, while also granting her the privilege of participating in the event with Yamashiro. She is doing her very best with her protégées to make the event a success.

Saratoga:
Lexington’s younger sister who is trying to carve her way as an upcoming idol. Though her frame is small and cute, she holds an undeniable power, like the aircraft carrier she is named after. She’s down-to-earth, but she does have a knack for teasing others. It isn’t unusual for Lexington to catch her in the midst of it… a scolding will ensure, of course. She just can’t get away from her older sister. Even still, she’s always running off and indulging herself in her usual pranks. As to how her mischief will fare this time…? Nobody knows…

Newly Announced Support Characters:

Atlanta:
As a member of the Eagle Union, Atlanta is the eldest of the Atlanta-class cruisers, and the older sister of San Diego. Compared to her other younger sisters, Atlanta is more grounded, and is constantly trying to mend matters caused by her younger sisters’ randomness. She tries to keep her place as an older sister, but sometimes she misses the mark in doing so. She decides to follow San Diego after hearing that she’s going to participate in the Joint Military Exercise.

Admiral Hipper:
An elite of the Iron Blood, and older sister to Prinz Eugen. She’s similar, yet distinctly different from Prinz Eugen in that she acts irritated in front of those that interest her… a typical tsundere. Hipper doesn’t enjoy that Eugen knows this facet of her so well, but that doesn’t mean they don’t get along. Hipper was invited to the Joint Military Exercise as support. At first glance, it seems like she didn’t want to participate, but in truth, she’s excited to meet Eugen and the others.

In addition to the newly announced characters publisher Idea Factory International shared additional details for some of the ships within the game; such as the difference between the different factions and types of ships available:

Factions:

  • Sakura Empire: An island nation in the east which abides by its culture of honor and tradition.
  • Eagle Union: The democratic federation which values the principles of freedom and harmony.
  • Royal Navy: The constitutional monarchy which prides itself in its glorious history of nobility.
  • Iron Blood: The military empire which strives for phenomenal advancements in technology.

Ship Types:

  • Secretary Ship: Appears on main menus when not engaged in battle. Secretary Ship can be a playable character or support character. Having a ship as your secretary can lead to some interesting events to happen!
  • Support: Can be selected to assist in battle. When certain conditions are met, support characters can perform different support skills such as attacks, buffs, and heals. Playable characters can also be deployed as support characters, lending a different set of skills than if they were controlled.

Azur Lane: Crosswave is planned for a PlayStation 4 and STEAM release during February 2020 with a specific release date to be released at a later date.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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