Today Sega hosted the very first demo event of the upcoming PS4 game Shin Sakura Taisen (Project Sakura Wars in the west) in Asakusa, Tokyo.
One interesting element that came out of the event is the DualShock 4 control scheme, shared by Twitter user 紅蘭.
You can see it below (after a bit of photoshop to make the image a bit more legible) alongside a translation for each button.
- L2 – Camera Reset
- L1 – (Adventure) Smartron Screen Switch (Battle) Character Switch
- Directional Buttons – Menu Selection
- Left Analog Stick – Player Movement and Menu Selection
- Right Analog Stick – Camera
- R2 – Dash
- R1 – (Adventure) Smartron Screen Switch (Battle) Step
- Triangle Button – (Adventure) Smartron Activation (Battle) Strong Attack
- Circle Button – (Adventure) Select/Confirm (Battle) Weak Attack
- X Button – (Adventure) Cancel (Battle) Jump/Two-stage Jump
- Square Button – (Battle) Special Attack
While this control scheme isn’t final and is related to the demo, it’s quite likely that it will translate into the final game. For the west, circle and X buttons are likely to be inverted as usual.
We also get to see the lovely splash screen of the demo, showing the main cast looking over the imperial capital, courtesy of Twitter user タッシー.
Impression seem to be generally quite positive, and at the bottom of the post you can see many more images showing the venue and the swag provided by Sega at the event.
Incidentally, the event was hosted at the Hanayashiki, which is the oldest amusement park in Tokyo.
If you’d like to learn more about Project Sakura Wars, you can enjoy the latest screenshots, another gallery, the latest gameplay reveal, the previous one, and an earlier gallery of screenshots and art.
Incidentally, we recently heard that one of the sources of inspiration for the battle system is the opening animation of Sakura Wars 3, which you can watch here.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Sakura Wars series, you should take a look at my dedicated article explaining what it’s all about.
The game will launch in Japan exclusively for PS4 on December 12, and in the west in 2020.