Azur Lane: Crosswave Content Drop Highlights the Battle Mechanics

Publisher Idea Factory International have recently revealed some more details for Azur Lane: Crosswave, the PlayStation 4 and STEAM game adaptation of the popular battleship themed gacha game in Japan, and this time the spotlight has shifted to the varying battle mechanics one will find within the game as well as details about even more characters found within Azur Lane: Crosswave.

Battle Mechanics:

Controlling Your Fleet:
Each character has unique characteristics that can impact a player’s gameplay. Players will notice that some characters move faster than others and some may have the ability to create a shield. You can also switch between playable characters on the battlefield by using the directional buttons. It is recommended to try out a variety of characters to find what type of fleet works best for you!

Armaments:
Playable characters can have up to two weapons or “armaments” equipped. Types of armaments will vary depending on which character is being equipped. Some characters will have longer reload times for their armaments, so players will need to be conscious about how often they fire during a battle.

Aircraft Carriers:
Aircraft carrier-class characters can equip 3 different types of planes or “aircraft”: Fighters, Bombers, and Attackers. Depending on which aircraft is used, players will either have to manually deploy these planes or they will be sent out automatically. Each type of aircraft has its own strengths and weaknesses. So choose wisely!

Lock-On Attacks:
When a character’s Lock-On gauge is maxed, players can unleash a powerful attack that will target all enemies within the lock-on range. These are extremely useful when you find yourself in a pinch.

Support Characters:

Hammann
Eagle Union’s No. 4 Sims-class who accents her maid-like attire with a white, furry headband. She is almost never honest with her feelings, and complimenting her will lead to the most tsundere reaction one can ever expect. Trying to blush more than her is quite a feat, actually. She’s hesitantly participating only as support for the Joint Military Exercise, but she is hoping she can make new friends there.

Haruna
Kongou’s younger sister. Unlike her sister, who was raised at the Royal Navy, she was raised at the Sakura Empire, and longs to be as graceful and refined as Kongou. Then again, Haruna is often found solving problems with her fists, and her wild side makes it difficult to attain this grace she so longs for. She is working apart from Kongou at the Joint Military Exercise. What she will experience there is yet to be told.

Prince of Wales
A key member of Royal Navy who exudes grace and elegance coupled with the charisma of those within the royal family. She dresses well and is currently residing at Sakura Empire along with Hood in place of Queen Elizabeth and Warspite. She doesn’t brag about her vessel’s history, and puts her full effort into supporting the Joint Military Exercise in the name of the Royal Navy. She has a keen interest in seeing the performance and fine dining at the event.

Helena
Helena is St. Louis’ younger sister, and excels in offering support, which comes from her self-sacrificing nature. When she first joined, she wasn’t very confident about herself, but her proficiency with using SG radars brought results, which led to many relying on her for help. It’s no surprise that she’s participating in the Joint Military Exercise as support. She is looking forward to the event, and is also hoping to get a chance to be with her older sister and members from the other nations.

Hornet:
Enterprise’s younger sister gives off a brazen appearance but she’s hardworking at heart. Having someone as great as Enterprise as a sister does makes things a bit difficult for Hornet, but she is constantly working to make herself great so that she can accomplish greater goals. She does take after her sister in the form of leadership, and has a lot of friends to boot. She decides to visit the Sakura Empire to cheer for everyone who is participating in the Joint Military Exercise.

As a reminder those who pre-purchase Azur Lane: Crosswave on Steam will receive a 20% discount and be upgraded to the Deluxe Edition version of the game; and can now be pre-purchased on Steam. The PlayStation 4 version of the game will be available to pre-order physically from various retailers with the digital edition being made available on the games launch day. Further details can be found on the official website.

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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