Following the new gameplay reveal from a few days ago, Sega released some new screenshots of the upcoming Shin Sakura Taisen, codenamed “Project Sakura Wars” for the west.
The assets showcase the two main members of the London Revue, Arthur and Lancelot.
Arthur is 18, and he is an English Knight descrnding from a family of Earl rank. He inherited both the holy sword Excalibur and his name, as both have been passed down his lineage from generation to generation.
He’s very chivalrous, and usually a serious British gentleman popular among the ladies, but in battle his personality becomes daring and aggressive.
Lancelot is 17, known for her fearsome dual-wielding fighting technique. Due to that and her black costume, she’s known as the “Black Knight”
She has a cheerful personality and she doesn’t dwell much on things, combining both a wild side and natural innocence.
Both pilot koubu named Bridven, wielding swords and featuring armor with a knightly motif.
Their character design is done by Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru character designer BunBun, who mentions that he’s both happy and intimidated to work on a project with so many fans, and he’s really excited to see what kind of game it will be. He’s looking forward to the day we’ll see the London Revue in action.
We also get another look at the mascot Gekizo-Kun, who is actually our hero Seijuro Kamiyama transformed to peform his role as the new propaganda director of the Imperial Theater.
He is designed by Pokémon Art Director and Character Designer Ken Sugimori, who hopes that he will be loved by many and for a long time like other Sega mascots like Sonic, Alex Kidd, and Pepperouchau.
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.