Azur Lane will have its Chinese 5th anniversary fall in late May 2022. Bilibili has put up a new webpage marking the anniversary with a countdown timer for a live stream that will air on May 22, 2022. The page also includes a teaser for a new Royal Navy major event featuring an Ultra Rare shipgirl that will appear on May 26, 2022.
Yostar has added new preparation events for the upcoming Royal Navy event on both the Japanese and English versions of Azur Lane through maintenance on May 19, 2022. The battleship HMS Warspite, cruiser HMS Sheffield, and battlecruisers HMS Renown and Repulse have received experience boosters ahead of the event. Deploying them at specific event boss battles will let the Commander gain more points to unlock an exclusive profile frame. The maintenance also added “Letters and Travels” event missions that feature a prelude story for the major event. Commanders will receive a Damaged Speech Manuscript as new equipment gear for completing these missions.
The previous major Royal Navy event, “Aurora Noctis,” ran around July-August 2020. It added six new Royal Navy shipgirls, including the Dido-class cruiser HMS Hermione and the light carrier HMS Perseus. Manjuu and Yostar then added more characters from the same faction sporadically through smaller events, such as HMS Penelope in the 2021 Lunar New Year event and HMS Charybdis in 2022.
Azur Lane launched first in China on May 25, 2017. The mobile game is now available worldwide on Android and iOS devices. Yongshi and Manjuu will reveal more new content for the game through the Azur Lane Chinese 5th Anniversary live stream on Bilibili on May 22, 2022, at 19:00 UTC+8 (7 AM ET). The new Royal Navy event will appear on May 26, 2022.