Azur Lane: Crosswave Gets Story Mode Details, Plus Scouting Characters, Episode Mode, And More

Featuring the various modes that you will encounter in the game.
Azur Lane: Crosswave debuts a ton of new information for the August 29 release date in Japan.
Azur Lane: Crosswave debuts a ton of new information for the August 29 release date in Japan. Idea Factory International

Compile Heart has been releasing more and more info about their latest game, Azur Lane: Crosswave as the date for its Japan release draws near.

Azur Lane: Crosswave is a PlayStation 4 exclusive 3D adaptation of the side scrolling shoot ‘em up game from Chinese developers Shanghai Manjuu and Xiamen Yongshi. The game is scheduled for an August 29 release in Japan and will be followed by a release in the West next year.

The official website of Azur Lane: Crosswave has been updated just recently to reveal valuable data about the upcoming game.

The Story Mode has been introduced, and it seems like it will be set in a world where war has been avoided by generations past while girls live their own free lives as ‘Kan-sen’. There is a prologue and a total of seven fully voiced chapters. Gather more gear and take in new members for your party as you journey to finish the game.

The main quests include hard battles, so build your fleet wisely. You can repeat stages even after clearing them as many times as you like. Doing this gives you more experience and A-Points. You can also gather more gear by repeating stages. Thankfully, dialogue that you’ve already read will be automatically skipped if you're in a rush.

There are also sub quests along the way. The sub quests require the participation of other characters aside from the protagonist, namely, Shimakaze and Suruga. They find out what’s happening behind the scenes of the Joint War Games. You have the power to scout characters as you please by earning A-Points after each victory. However, Neptune is an exception. Other than her, all Kan-Sen can come aboard your fleet through A-Points.

Azur Lane: Crosswave’s Shop has also been introduced. There’s the Coop Shop and Laboratory that is run by two very familiar faces. Through these facilities, you can buy, sell, and develop blueprints, and trade rewards for goods. New gear was in the original game will also make an appearance. The Dock is where you go if you need to improve your character’s skills or strengthen your gear. You can also check the status of each member that belongs to your fleet. You can view your collection of items anytime at the Inventory.

Another mode revealed is the Gallery Mode. In this mode, you can see the ‘records’ you’ve made like the number of ships you’ve sunk. You can also see the event scenes, illustrations, and background music.

If you started off playing with a high difficulty and realize halfway that it’s too hard for you, you can change it anytime and it will not have any effect on the end result of the story, so there’s nothing to worry about. Feel free to test out the levels of difficulty.

The third mode is the Extreme Battle Mode. You can battle with more than 100 enemies. This is a mode that fits hardcore players who prefer battle-dedicated gameplay. Take note that some fleets will only be available after finishing the given requirements. Every fleet name will have certain clues as to how many ships will be used in the battle and the elemental advantages of the boss.

The fourth mode is the Photo Mode. In this mode, you can choose the stage and the characters, their positions, expressions, and motions to create a picture-perfect moment of your own.

The last, but definitely not the least, mode is the Episode Mode. This mode contains more than 50 sub-stories. There will be hidden events and Unlockable Episodes if you us specific combinations of characters. One example is, if you put Ayanami, Rafi, Javeline, and Z23 in your fleet, you will unlock an episode. These unlocked episodes can be viewed anytime you want as much as you like.

Azur Lane: Crosswave will be available in Japan on August 29, exclusively for PlayStation 4. It will be sold for ¥7,560 digitally and ¥8,424 physically. What do you think about Azur Lane Crosswave? Tell us about it.


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