Idea Factory Unveils New Characters and Gameplay Details for Azur Lane: Crosswave

Idea Factory International continues to drip-feed fans with information for the upcoming western PlayStation 4 and Windows PC release of Azur Lane: Crosswave and this time the publisher have opted to drop a lot of additional content in the form of gameplay details and characters.

Details about the game, including Story Mode, Extreme Battle Mode and Photo Mode can be found detailed below:

Secretary Ships:
Azur Lane: Crosswave allows Commanders to choose a Secretary Ship that talks and greets you right from the start! By setting your Secretary Ship, you can increase their affection. Once the ship’s affection reaches the “Love” status, Commanders then have the opportunity to marry their favorite character!

Story Mode:
The Story Mode contains an original story following the journey of two new Sakura Empire recruits, Shimakaze and Suruga. The story begins with all four Nations living harmoniously. Suddenly, a Joint Military Exercise was enacted causing all the Nations to train even harder than before. But all of the Nations began to question… how did this event come to be?

Players will travel on an Ocean Map, which changes each chapter, and can encounter various events, battles, and also items. Players will engage in 3 VS 3 battles and also experience conversation events that can be reviewed in the Gallery. Through the 3 VS 3 battles, players can accumulate A Points which they can use to scout allies to create even more fleets!

Extreme Battle Mode:
Players can challenge themselves in Extreme Battle Mode as their fleets become stronger. The difficulty of the stages increase as players progress. Here players can fight powerful enemies and collect rare items. Some of these items can lead to very special events…

Photo Mode:
A mode where you can take pictures of your favorite characters! You can place up to 3 characters on an open stage and have them pose as you’d like.Snap a pic and share it with the world!

Episode Mode:
Players can view hidden events that are unlocked through clearing certain criteria. Through these events, discover a new side to the 66 characters that appear in the game!

Alongside the new game details the publisher also unveiled a new selection of characters that will be encountered within the game.

Playable Characters:

Javelin:
A young Royal Navy girl who has reached the pinnacle of both cuteness and slyness. Her happy-go-lucky attitude masks her clever nature very well. She becomes friends with almost anyone due to her bright smile and kind nature. She’s secretly in charge of demonstrations in preparation for the Joint Military Exercise.

Z23:
A member of the Iron Blood whose nickname is “Zed.” She’s always looking for ways to improve herself, and she’s also passionate about research. She’s very critical of herself and others, but will always give praise to those who she deems as worthy. She’s often found acting as a commander in battle. She was chosen to represent the Iron Blood in the Joint Military Exercise by her peers. She’s doing her very best to rise to the occasion and lead her friends to victory.

St. Louis:
Eagle Union’s Light Cruiser nicknamed “Lucky Lou.” She speaks with conviction, which comes from the power she holds, and her mature aura gathers the attention of even her peers. She is the older sister to Helena, and though they seem like two opposites, they both know how to approach others with kindness, which reminds everyone of their sisterly bond. Among the many that Eagle Union sent to the event, she is one of the few who actively supports her friends.

Support Characters:

Abukuma:
She looks like a demon, but acts a lot calmer than she looks. In fact, she’s so calm that it almost feels like she’s already seen everything life has to offer. This, coupled with her general personality, attracts many to her. When she has time, she is usually found munching on torpedo tempura her older sister Nagara made or simply passes the time fishing and playing Japanese chess. She decides to participate in the Joint Military Exercise event so long as she would only be in charge of support.

Amazon:
Perhaps it’s because she has the vessel history of being a flotilla leader, but in any case, Amazon acts like a veteran, and has a wanton need to lead others as Royal Navy’s young instructor. She lacks height, and is often mistaken for being younger than she is, which riles her up quite easily. On the other hand, she has the humility to apologize when she is in the wrong, and has the capacity to accept apologies too. She joins the Joint Military Exercise to offer support, and to keep watch over the participants.

Arizona:
Maybe it’s because of her vessel’s history, but she is very sensitive and has a general aura of sorrow surrounding her. She has a tendency of talking too long, but she is very brave on the battlefield, and has what it takes to be a Kansen. She believes that being proactive will make her better, so she decides to join the Joint Military Exercise as support.

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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