In September, western video game publisher Idea Factory International announced they would be publishing Azur Lane: Crosswave, previously released on the PlayStation 4 and Windows PC, onto the Nintendo Switch. In October they refined the game’s release window to February 2021, and now in November they have further refined it down to an exact release date. Pending any last minute changes, the 3D Action Shooter Azur Lane: Crosswave will be released on the Nintendo Switch from 16 February 2021 in North America and 19 February 2021 in PAL regions.
The Nintendo Switch port of Azur Lane: Crosswave will feature a small amount of extra content on-cartridge. This includes two formerly DLC characters (Taihou and Formidable) available as playable characters and an enhanced Photo Mode which supports six characters rather than the previous three.
Developed by Compile Heart and Felistella and based on the mobile game from Manjuu, Yongshi and Yostar; Azur Lane: Crosswave features a unique narrative which sees dozen’s of the franchise’s iconic characters make the jump from 2D to 3D. Players will control a fleet of cute, but devastating anthropomorphic combat ships and bring enemies to their knees. Your decisions on the battlefield determine whether your fleet sails to victory, or sinks into the ocean.
Promoted Features of Azur Lane: Crosswave
Living in a 3D World
Azur Lane mobile, the beloved side-scrolling shooter, is now retrofitted for the Nintendo Switch™ as a cel-shaded, 3D action shooter with the help of Unreal Engine! Recruit over 50+ ship girls to help lead your fleet to victory. In the Nintendo Switch version, play through Story Mode through the lens of newcomers Shimakaze and Suruga, plus Taihou and Formidable!
Switch it Up with 4 Game Modes
Commanders can choose from 4 different game modes! Story Mode includes 7 chapters through the lenses of Shimakaze and Suruga, plus 2 additional story chapters with newcomers, Taihou and Formidable. In Extreme Battle Mode, choose from 100+ challenging fleets to battle for rare items and special materials. Capture new memories in Photo Mode! Just like the original release, players can change backgrounds, adjust facial expressions and poses! Now on the Nintendo Switch, choose up to 6 characters with freshly updated camera angles. 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
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 switchon character-specific special attacks to defeat unruly enemies!