This week, Idea Factory International is happy to announce that Azur Lane: Crosswave is out now in North America physically and digitally on the Nintendo Switch! The European physical and digital release launches on February 19. North American users can also grab the free, limited-time download of the playable character, Neptune from the Neptunia™ series.
The game is also available physically and digitally on the PlayStation®4 in North America, Europe, and on Steam.
The Switch version adds the following:
Taihou and Formidable as playable characters (previously DLC for PS4/Steam versions).
Each character comes with 3 support characters and additional story content.
An updated Photo Mode where players can now choose up to 6 characters instead of 3, with extended camera angles!
Synopsis: Azur Lane: Crosswave takes the spirit of the mobile game and uses the Unreal Engine to bring its characters to life in a massive 3D world, so fans can see them like they’ve never seen them before. The in-game character designs will also feature cel-shaded anime-style 3D graphics that stay true to the original art.
Retrofitted in 3D – Azur Lane mobile, the beloved side-scrolling shooter, is now retrofitted for the PlayStation®4 and Steam® as a cel-shaded, 3D action shooter with the help of Unreal Engine! Choose from 25+ characters and 30+ support characters to help lead your fleet to victory. Azur Lane: Crosswave also introduces 2 brand-new playable characters, Shimakaze and Suruga!
4 Modes to Choose From – Choose from 4 different modes: Story, Extreme Battle, Photo, or Episode Mode. Story Mode goes through 7 riveting chapters in the footsteps of newcomers, Shimakaze and Suruga. In Extreme Battle Mode, choose from 100+ challenging fleets to battle for rare items and special materials. In Photo Mode, you can pose characters, change facial expressions, alter backgrounds, and camera angles to create a picturesque moment. Episode Mode includes 50+ sub-stories that deliver bonus character backgrounds!
Arm Your Armada – Before setting sail, beef up your characters by equipping them with rare items found after a successful battle or by crafting items at Akashi’s Laboratory. Here, Commanders can exchange blueprints to create new gear, convert materials into rare items, and earn rewards. Experiment with different fleet arrangements to gain special Fleet Effects that can provide in-game stat bonuses.
Ready, Aim, Fire – In Azur Lane: Crosswave, you can now control, aim, and fire at incoming battleships, aircraft carriers, and other enemies. Depending on the character’s subtype, players can dash to evade attacks or activate defensive shields, unleash torpedoes or aircrafts, and switch-on character-specific special attacks to defeat unruly enemies!
About Idea Factory International: Idea Factory International, Inc. is a branch of Idea Factory Co., Ltd., a Japanese video game developer and publisher located in Tokyo. It was established on September 30, 2013 in California, USA.
Idea Factory Co., Ltd. continues to work with third-party publishers to release video game titles in North America and Europe, including the Record of Agarest War series, the Hakuoki series, and a variety of others. Following its establishment, Idea Factory International served as an information hub for Idea Factory games, and has since published the Idea Factory titles Monster Monpiece and Hyperdimension Neptunia™ Re;Birth1 for the Playstation®Vita handheld entertainment system in 2014.
Idea Factory International, Inc. intends to continue providing localized media to fans worldwide in conjunction with Idea Factory Co., Ltd., with a focus on strengthening the Idea Factory brand around the globe.