Azur Lane has caused a huge wave in the mobile gaming scene, especially for anime mecha-shooter fans with its initial launch in 2017. It's best known for the fast-paced battles, stunning visuals, and anime-like girls that was designed very carefully. It's still available for both iOS and Android if you want to have a look.

And realizing the potentials of the franchise, the China-based developer Shanghai Manjuu and Xiamen Yongshi have decided to make a new game with the same concept for PC and PS4. Its name is Azur Lane: Crosswave and it marks the big upgrade of its gameplay from 2D side-scrolling to 3D fast-paced action!

You can look at Azur Lane: Crosswave early footage through the trailer below to compare with its mobile version:

The story of Azur Lane: Crosswave

Azur Lane: Crosswave takes the settings of futuristic settings, where battleships now have their own personalities and can turn into the girl forms while still being able to function perfectly. The game tells the story of the relationship between four countries: Sakura Empire, Iron Blood, Royal Navy and Eagle Union.

The four countries have joined hands to hold military training on a regular basis, as the troops from each nation march to the lands of the others to exercise. However, this time is a different, as suddenly, they've enacted a special program called Joint Military Exercise to cope with the dangerous battles waiting ahead.

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The mightiest (prettiest) battleships were chosen for a special training program

This program will choose the most powerful battleships of each nation to pack in an even harder training program to pre-emptively prepare for the future threat. But why does this suddenly happen? Is there any plots behind this special event?

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They'll have to unveil that secret together

Gameplay features

As I've mentioned earlier, Azure Lane: Crosswave is a huge step from the Chinese developers from making simple 2D side-scrolling games to unleash its talent in fast-paced 3D combats. Basically, Azure Lane: Crosswave is a third-person shooter, where you'll take control of the personified battleships to train your skills and take part in real vigorous battles.

They've called this a "retrofitted" version with the power of Unreal Engine. It will still keep the 25+ titular beautiful armadas - from the flat-chested ones to the BB ones with insane firepowers, alongside over 30 supporting characters to the battles. But new games need new characters, so they've added two brand new ones into the roster, Shimakaze, and Suruga.

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Azur Lane: Crosswave adds two new girls to the pool

With your favorite vessels on the screen, you'll have to control them dodging gunfires while aiming at your enemies and unleash your fire powers. The enemies vary from the naval ones like huge battleships to the aerial ones like heavy carriers, as well as other troops.

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Aim, dodge, and fire!

Together, they will create a dense bullets field that you will not likely to dodge all of them, since they fly decently fast. As a result, the game gives each character a different way to deal with those situations. Some girls might have the ability to quickly dash to dodge the bullets, while some can active a decaying shield to tank them. Aside from that, the firepower that one is wielding is also different among the characters, and you'll have a good time learning about all of them.

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Each character has their own special abilities

Last but not least, Azure Lane: Crosswave brings 4 play modes as well as sets of distinctive items to equip your armadas before getting into the training course. Overall, it's both a great game for the Azur Lane fans as well as for newcomers that are seeking satisfying 3D combats.

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If you love the world of Azur Lane, this one is a gift for you!

Release date and supported platforms

Azur Lane: Crosswave will come out for PC and PS4 in February 2020, but no specific release date was announced yet. You can add the game to your Wishlist on Steam to receive the latest information when it launches.