Sakura Taisen Brings LIPS And War To North America

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Any news you heard about Sakura Taisen or as its known over here, Sakura Wars, coming out in North America is true. A representative from NIS America confirmed to Siliconera they are localizing at least one game in the series, but aren’t sure when the game will be released.

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In the Sakura Wars games players spend one part of the game interacting with characters via the Live Interactive Picture System (aka LIPS) where conversation choices are selected similar to Persona 4 or a dating sim. The combat phase of Sakura Wars should be more familiar since it’s like a strategy RPG. After releasing a string of Sakura Wars games on the PlayStation 2 Sega moved the series briefly to the PSP for a compilation disc. The most recent Sakura Wars game is on the Nintendo DS.


The long running Sakura Wars series has been a project between Sega and Red Entertainment. Since NIS America is taking care of the series here it shows they have a relationship with either Sega, Red Entertainment or, most likely, both companies. Perhaps, we could see NIS America pick up other Sega projects in the future like Hatsune Miku: Project Diva. Nippon Ichi Software worked with the Hatsune Miku license before with Tori no Hoshi: Aerial Planet.


Images courtesy of Sega.

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