It's been years, but the Sakura Wars franchise is finally returning to North America. The latest game in the long-running series, simply titled Sakura Wars, comes to PlayStation 4 on April 28, 2020.
Starting back in 1996 with Sakura Wars for the Sega Saturn, the relatively niche series has often mixed mecha combat with RPG and dating sim elements. But despite a few follow-ups, the series seemingly came to a halt with 2005's Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love for the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii.
The new game, Sakura Wars, is a soft reboot of the series. As captain of a seemingly all-girl mecha division, who are both soldiers and theater performers, you're set with turning the waning fortunes around. When you're not fighting enemies, you can compete with other Combat Revue divisions, from areas like Shanghai, London, and Berlin.
You can also chat with other character using the LIPS (Live and Interactive Picture System) to build up your player character's relationship with them. As the relationship grows between the protagonist Kamiyama and other pilots, it will start to impact battle performance. I guess love truly can bloom on the battlefield.
While Sakura Wars (PS4) launched in Japan last December, a worldwide release is set for April 28, including English, French, German, and Spanish. Andrew Davis, an associate localization producer for Sega of America, told PlayStation blog that the process was "similar" to another title, Yakuza 0. If the localization is anywhere near as good as Yakuza 0's, it should be promising.
You'll get a chance to load up some giant robots and sing some pop-idol tunes on April 28.