As you may already know, Hakushu has been designed by one more star-level artist that joined the already exceptional team which worked on the game, Shigenori Soejima.
You’re likely familiar with him as the character designer of the Persona series and Catherine.
The announcement included a comment by Soejima-sensei himself:
“I still can’t foget the impact that Sakura Wars had when it launched shortly after I started working in the gaming industry.
When I was asked about the reboot, I thought that was finally it. The Hakushu I designed is a character with a mysterious side while being the sword master of the hero.
I enjoyed drawing a character that portrays a different taste from what I usually draw within this world.
I am very happy to be able to work on a series that I admire, and I look forward to play it with you all!”
The press release also included a few official images, which you can see below.
If you want to see more about Project Sakura Wars, you can also enjoy the latest gameplay and trailers, some screenshots from earlier today, the first trailer of the character design series featuring Bleach creator Tite Kubo, the previous gallery of screenshots, the one before, another batch of images focusing on romance, another reveal with two new characters and videos, the beautiful anime opening cutscene, a music video dedicated to Sakura, one featuring Hatsuho one focusing on Elise, one showcasing Lancelot, one featuring Anastasia Palma, another starring Huang Yui, one showing Claris, more trailers, the latest gameplay, latest gallery of screenshots, another gallery, the previous gameplay reveal, another one, and an earlier gallery of screenshots and art.
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.