An unexpected group of guests comes to Murder Island: The Imperial Combat Revue. PUBG mobile, the mobile version of multiplayer battle royale shooter PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, start a crossover with Sega’s Sakura Wars franchise in Japan. The announcement was made via the official Japanese version of the game Twitter account.
— PUBG MOBILE JAPAN (@PUBGMOBILE_JP) July 30, 2021
The banner featured some art from: Sakura Wars heroine Sakura Shinguji, hint that the PUBG mobile crossover would be based on the original Sakura Wars games, rather than the newer members that appear in Sakura Wars V or the 2019/2020 Sakura Wars continue/reboot. The text also indicated that the content would consist of (or consist of) “Voice Cards”.
A trailer was also linked in the tweet, with voice actress Chisa Yokoyama reprising her role as Sakura and the chaotic opening moments of a PUBG mobile agreement. The trailer also features the Sakura Wars opening theme, as well as visual elements that mimic the preview segments of the “Next Episode” series.
Voice cards are downloadable content packs that are included in PUBG mobileLootbox style gacha system. Obtaining a voice card allows players to use voice clips in a quick chat, not unlike “voice pack” content sold in other games, such as Duty or dota 2. In 2020 a Speech card based on celebrity Gackt was added to the game.
A Twitter user, @R_020115, posted what looked like a screenshot (or a mockup) of Sakura Wars in-game character voice packs reportedly leaked PUBG mobile‘s beta server.
PUBG mobile is available immediately on iOS and Android, and Sakura Wars is available on PS4. A start date for the Sakura Wars crossover was not revealed, nor was it confirmed whether the content would be made available outside of Japan.
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