Azur Lane: Crosswave To Release This February within Europe & North America

After plenty of ‘content drops’ publisher Idea Factory International have announced that the upcoming third-person-shooter game based upon the popular Azur Lane franchise, known as Azur Lane: Crosswave, will be released on the 21st February 2020 within Europe and 13th February 2020 within North America.The Steam version will be released worldwide on the 13th February 2020.

To coincide with the release date announcement for PlayStation 4 and STEAM versions of the game publisher Idea Factory Internaitonal detailed promotional discount prices available for the STEAM version; including Deluxe Edition details. For the first week of launch STEAM users can receive a 20% launch discount on both the main game and Deluxe Pack, while three bundles will be available that offer a 10% discount when compared to buying them separately.

The Deluxe Pack includes:

  • PC Wallpapers (x5 designs available in 1280×720, 1600×1900, 1920×1080)
  • Soundtrack (x16 tracks)
  • Azur Lane: Crosswave Desktop Theme

In addition to the release date Idea Factory International have confirmed that Neptune, from the Hyperdimension Neptunia franchise, will be released as Day One DLC for the game and will be available to download for FREE for a limited period of time.

Neptune:
Neptune is the CPU of Planeptune, a nation in Gamindustri. She was summoned to this world for some reason. Her happy-go-lucky attitude and overall personality are set to full throttle as usual. She has visited many worlds and dimensions before, and this time, it looks like she’s teaming up with the girls of this world in order to offer them her full support.

Additional new updates to the Azur Lane: Crosswave website include character bios for additional playable and support characters.

Playable Characters:

Takao:
A core member of the Sakura Empire who holds a simple, yet strong front, just like a samurai. She isn’t particularly interested in trends and can rarely be seen talking about such matters. She goes about her daily life being relied upon by many as a peer to Atago, and is also found acting as a mentor. Takao is on the opposite spectrum of Atago, often found being pushed around by her words, but it’s not like she has a problem with Atago; at the very core, they are great friends.

Nagato:
Nagato looks towards the future of the Sakura Empire as the Miko, the most heralded position handling the most important of rituals. She is concerned that she lacks the experience when it comes to politics in comparison to older members, such as Akagi, but that also means she has admiration towards her seniors. She was sternly trained to become the flagship for the Sakura Empire, which has made her grow more powerful than before. The Joint Military Exercise is being conducted under Nagato’s will, and despite the event’s unforeseeable future, Nagato is accepting the challenges to come.

Bismarck:
Bismarck is the leader of the Iron Blood fleet, but she disappeared from the frontline after the official battle against Hood and Rodney of the Royal Navy. She’s kept a watchful eye on the Sirens since they appeared, and was somehow able to gain access to the Siren’s technology. She’s calm and generally keeps to herself, so some mistake her as being cold-blooded, but, on the contrary, she is very passionate. She didn’t want the Iron Blood to get involved with the Joint Military Exercise, but Kaga and Bismarck’s younger sister convinced her to take part. What Bismarck will experience from the event is yet to be understood…

Support Characters:

Ikazuchi:
A part of the Sakura Empire, Ikazuchi is one of the twin sisters forming their fleet of destroyers. She can be told apart from her twin sister, Inazuma, by her distinct reddish hair. She’s quite precocious, and often tries to act mature using difficult words and terminologies. She has a habit of saying “I see,” but oftentimes she misconceives what she assumes to understand, and ends up being wrong. Because of this, her conversation with Inazuma usually end in complete disarray. It’s best to not think too deep of what Ikazuchi says. She is participating in the Joint Military Exercise to represent the twins.

Ise:
A very masculine member of the Sakura Empire. She is able to carry the heaviest of armaments with ease, but her battle prowess is a bit excessive in this peaceful world. The Joint Military Exercise is viewed as an “Exercise” by Ise, so she’s taking the event quite casually. Too bad for her, since a certain incident will occur that will test Ise’s mettle!

Indianapolis:
A member of Eagle Union and younger sister to Portland. She has tanned skin, long pink hair, and heterochromic eyes. Not only does she look gentle, but her personality is gentle too, unlike her older sister. She dons defensive armaments, and specializes in support. She is a bit concerned over her older sister, but in general, she places full trust in her. She’s looking forward to meeting others from the participating nations, and is proud that Portland is able to participate in the event.

Azur Lane: Crosswave will be released digitally and physically for the PlayStation 4 on the 13th February 2020 (within North America) and 21st February 2020 (within Europe) as well as digitally on Steam on the 13th February 2020 worldwide.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has produced content for 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 Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

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