Sega have released more information on Project Sakura Wars via their “Sakura Wars Imperial Theater Propaganda Department Report” livestream. This included new character Hakushuu Murasame, the Smartron device, and the Koi-Koi mini-game.
Starting with the introduction of Hakushuu Murasame (voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro, and designed by Shigenori Soejima) at 39:10 in the livestream. She is an old friend of Tekkan- Sakura Amamiya’s father and Sakura’s swords master. While her history (and age) are unknown, she is deadly with a blade in her hand, always keeps a level head, and is kind and compassionate. In fact, her only flaw seems to be her love of bad puns.
Next was the introduction of the Smartron device (at 58:33). The device essentially acts like a smartphone; containing maps, upcoming events in various areas, your quest list (via the activity log), replaying movies and cut-scenes, a photo album of various character trading cards called “bromides”, and receive calls from other characters (even warning about incoming Kouma attacks).
One other mode of the device is to play koi-koi with other NPCs (1:03:46). Koi-koi (literally “Come On”) is a traditional Japanese card game where players make up sets of cards to earn points- deciding whether to push their luck to try and gain more points (stating koi-koi) or bank the points they have earned.
In Project Sakura Wars you unlock the ability to play World Koi-Koi Wars on your Smartron, playing against other characters and unlocking more as you progress.
Finallly, you can gain access to the Little Battle simulator in the revue’s underground hanger. This allows you to not only replay story missions, but also gain more missions for each playable character. Clearing these missions unlocks bromides.
In case you missed it, here are the previous character music videos for Claris, Huang Yui, Anastasia Palmea, Lancelot, Azami Mochizuki, Elise, Hatsuho Shinonome, and Sakura Amamiya. You can also find more information on the game’s antagonist and joint attack moves here.
Project Sakura Wars is launching for PlayStation 4 on December 12th in Japan, and sometime next spring in North America and Europe.