Sakura Wars

Sakura Wars Update 1.01 Adds Sakura’s Spiricle Armor, Lock-On in Battle, & More

Today Sega released the first update for the Japanese version of Shin Sakura Taisen, which will be titled simply Sakura Wars in the west.
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Today Sega released the first update for the Japanese version of Shin Sakura Taisen, which will be titled simply Sakura Wars in the west.

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The update is simply numbered 1.01 and it includes a few interesting goodies.

Heroine Sakura Amamiya will get her own Spricle Armor Mugen to celebrate the airing of the anime. It will be available in battles in the Ikusa-chan simulator.

More additions include a dialogue log, the ability to load and save control schemes from the menu, and adjustments for the World KoiKoi Taisen minigame.

Perhaps the most welcome (and requested) addition of them all is the ability to lock onto enemies in battle, which was a major point of friction for many when the game launched.

At the moment, we don’t know if the western version will include the new update at launch, but it’s likely.

Sakura Wars is already available in Japan and it will launch in the west on April 28, 2020, exclusively for PS4.

If you want to see more about the game, can also check out the latest English trailer, another focusing on the world, some gameplay showing Claris in action, another trailerthe previous gameplay and more trailersmore screenshotsthe first trailer of the character design series featuring Bleach creator Tite Kubothe previous gallery of screenshots, the one beforeanother batch of images focusing on romance, another reveal with two new characters and videos, and the beautiful anime opening cutscene,

We also have a music video dedicated to Sakuraone featuring Hatsuho one focusing on Elise, one showcasing Lancelot, one featuring Anastasia Palma, another starring Huang Yui, one showing Clarismore trailers, the latest gameplay latest gallery of screenshots, another gallery, the previous gameplay revealanother 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 and why you should care.


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Proud weeb hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long-standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality), MMORPGs, and visual novels are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans on Earth of the flight simulator genre.