Azur Lane: Crosswave Launches on Nintendo Switch

Approximately a year after it first released on the Windows PC and PlayStation 4, Idea Factory International have published Compile Heart’s 3D Action Shooter Azur Lane: Crosswave onto the Nintendo Switch. The game is now available physically and digitally in both North America and Europe, with the Australian physical release to follow on 16 March 2021.

Already own Azur Lane: Crosswave on another platform and trying to weigh up whether or not it is worth purchasing the Nintendo Switch port? This version features only a small amount of extra content on the cartridge, including 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.

Those who purchase the game for 3 weeks to 1 month after its launch will be eligible to acquire the Neptune (Swimsuit) character free of charge. The Neptune (Swimsuit) DLC will not be available for purchase in North America or Europe after 1 month and 3 weeks, respectively.

North America: 16 February 2021 – 16 March 2021
Europe: 19 February 2021 – 12 March 2021

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!

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