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Join Ace and Erin on their quest to find the key to save humanity in Arc of Alchemist!

Posted on January 16, 2020

Arc of Alchemist Characters - Ace & Erin

With only two weeks left until the launch of Arc of Alchemist, we have a couple of new characters to introduce: Ace Nightlok and Erin Van Dyne - the last two members of the Neuhaven Expedition led by Erin's dad, Garett Van Dyne. Check out the character profiles below!

Ace Nightlok

Arc of Alchemist Character - Ace

An excellent sharpshooter who works as one of Garett's subordinates. He is a man of few words, generally regarded as a calm and level-headed presence amongst his comrades. From time to time he acts as an advisor for Erin, and has a nice relationship with Darius' son.

Erin Van Dyne

Arc of Alchemist Character - Erin


The desert-filled RPG Arc of Alchemist will be heading to Europe on January 31, 2020, preorders are still available here.

 

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Meet 6 ships girls from Azur Lane: Crosswave - News screenshots

Posted on January 14, 2020

6 more ships are introduced in this week's Azur Lane: Crosswave update! This week, we are met with 6 characters from three of the four different military nations: Sakura Empire, Eagle Union, and Iron Blood. Check them out below, and read more about them on the official Azur Lane: Crosswave website!
Each character also belongs to one of the four Nations participating in the Joint Military Exercise: 

Sakura Empire: An island nation in the east which abides by its culture of honor and tradition.

Eagle Union: The democratic federation which values the principles of freedom and harmony.

Royal Navy: The constitutional monarchy which prides itself in its glorious history of nobility.

Iron Blood: The military empire which strives for phenomenal advancements in technology.
The characters:
Cleveland
Azur Lane: Crosswave - Character - Cleveland
Cleveland is a core member of the Eagle Union whose openness causes people to see her as tomboyish and who loves her bonsai!
Azur Lane: Crosswave Character - Cleveland
 
The reason she decided to take part in the Joint Military Exercise was because she heard that whoever was chosen as the MVP will receive a special bonus at the end of the event.
Kongou
Azur Lane: Crosswave - Character - Kongou

 

Kongou is a former member of the Royal Navy who is currently associated with the Sakura Empire. She acts like a member of the Royal Navy, but her caring nature is more in line with the nature of the Sakura Empire! 

Azur Lane: Crosswave - Kongou

Her accolades have given her the job of acting as the receptionist for the Joint Military Exercise, while also granting her the privilege of participating in the event with Yamashiro. She is doing her very best with her protégées to make the event a success.

Saratoga

Azur Lane: Crosswave - Character - Saratoga

Though her frame is small and cute, Saratoga holds an undeniable power, like the aircraft carrier she is named after! She is Lexington's younger sister who is trying to carve her way as an upcoming idol.

Azur Lane: Crosswave - Saratoga

She's down-to-earth, but she does have a knack for teasing others. It isn't unusual for Lexington to catch her in the midst of it... a scolding will ensure, of course. She just can't get away from her older sister. Even still, she's always running off and indulging herself in her usual pranks. As to how her mischief will fare this time...? Nobody knows...

Kaga

Azur Lane: Crosswave - Kaga

Kaga sees Akagi as her older sister, despite being as strong as her. She's usually friendly, but often acts as a counter to Akagi's tendency to going a little wild. That said, their temperaments in battle are similar. 

Azur Lane: Crosswave - Kaga

She may sound cold at times, but she is a very compassionate individual and has earned the respect of many.

Atlanta

Azur Lane: Crosswave - Atlanta

As a member of the Eagle Union, Atlanta is the eldest of the Atlanta-class cruisers, and the older sister of San Diego. Compared to her other younger sisters, Atlanta is more grounded, and is constantly trying to mend matters caused by her younger sisters' randomness. She tries to keep her place as an older sister, but sometimes she misses the mark in doing so. She decides to follow San Diego after hearing that she's going to participate in the Joint Military Exercise.

Admiral Hipper

Azur Lane: Crosswave - Admiral Hipper

An elite of the Iron Blood, and older sister to Prinz Eugen. She's similar, yet distinctly different from Prinz Eugen in that she acts irritated in front of those that interest her... a typical tsundere. Hipper doesn't enjoy that Eugen knows this facet of her so well, but that doesn't mean they don't get along. Hipper was invited to the Joint Military Exercise as support. At first glance, it seems like she didn't want to participate, but in truth, she's excited to meet Eugen and the others. 

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Introducing Ayanami, Illustrious, Akashi and Achilles from Azur Lane: Crosswave!

Posted on January 10, 2020

In Azur Lane: Crosswave, characters are broken down between playable characters and support. Support characters can join a player's fleet as AI using support skills and attacks during battle. Playable characters can act as your main fleet and/or support fleet.
Character breakdown:
  • Playable Characters: Can be controlled during battle.
  • Secretary Ship: Appears on main menus when not engaged in battle. Secretary Ship can be a playable character or support character. Having a ship as your secretary can lead to some interesting events to happen!
  • Support: Can be selected to assist in battle. When certain conditions are met, support characters can perform different support skills such as attacks, buffs, and heals. Playable characters can also be deployed as support characters, lending a different set of skills than if they were controlled.
We would like to introduce you to four characters this time!

Playable characters:

Ayanami
Azur Lane: Crosswave - Character - Ayanami
One of the oldest and most powerful members of the Sakura Empire. Her battles are ruthless, akin to that of a demon god, but off the battlefield, she tends to be quiet and reclusive. She doesn't seem like she has any interest in anything, but when she does find something that catches her attention, she will pour her very best into it. She is currently training herself for the Joint Military Exercise.
Illustrious

Azur Lane: Crosswave - Character - Illustrious
A member of the Royal Navy who carries herself with grace;
her countenance is one of a refined lady. Others may sometimes
view her as being a bit slow, but the fact is that she is always kind...
the total embodiment of a royal. She styles herself in accordance
to the historical nature of the vessel she represents with an
emphasis on her upper body, which captivates many who
lay their eyes upon her. She joins the Joint Military Exercise
as a proud member of Royal Navy, assisting her allies along
the way to victory.
Full-Time Secretary Ship/Battle Support: 
Akashi:
Azur Lane: Crosswave - Character - Akashi
A repair ship who displays cat-like features, such as playing with cat toys. Sometimes, many doubt themselves as to whether Akashi really is a cat. Despite her unique personality, she is the best mechanic Sakura Empire has to offer, and she provides technical support with her many interesting inventions. She also has a taste for money, and this talent shines through her business skills (which often blur the line of whether she's working for the Sakura Empire or herself). She is assisting the Joint Military Exercise as their announcer this time around.
Achilles:
Azur Lane: Crosswave - Character - Achilles
Achilles is a Leander-class light cruiser and a friend of Ajax. She seems absent-minded, but at the very least, she doesn't exhibit a sadistic nature like Ajax. She's surprisingly proactive, and decided to join the Joint Military Exercise with Ajax to help support her fellow sister cruisers.

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New Arc of Alchemist Gameplay Trailer & Screenshots!

Posted on January 09, 2020

Learn more about the Desert of Beginnings and unlock the true power of the Lunagear in this week's Gameplay trailer and Lunagear screenshot batch! The desert-filled RPG Arc of Alchemist will be heading to Europe on January 31, 2020 for the PlayStation®4 physically and digitally, preorders are available here.

The new Gameplay trailer shows various gameplay systems:


7+ Playable Characters: With the new updates for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch release in North America and Europe, you can now play as 7+ characters! Each character specializes in different weapons, but Quinn can utilize all the weapons available! She can master the arts of the Lance, or even a Crossbow! The choice is yours!


Gimmicks and Traps: Around every sand dune lie gimmicks and traps that can harm or slow down your party's progression. Gimmicks such as mechanical pillars, deadly spikes, and gas fields should be avoided at all costs, but keep spare potions just in case!


Base Building, Character Customization, and Upgrades: The Base is an area for your squad to regroup, rejuvenate, and upgrade stats for future expeditions. Create new facilities that can add bonuses to a character's base stats. Buy new equipment and weapons to strengthen a character's attack and defenses. Adjust the formation of your squad before battle and even on-the-go! As you level up your characters and gather currency, players are able to increase a character's base stats and learn new passive and active skills. Players can even change character skins to keep your squad looking fresh on the battlefield!


Lastly, we have a Lunagear screenshots!

Arc of Alchemist Screenshot - Lunagear - Battle

Use the Lunagear and master the four different Orb Elements: Fire, Water, Wind, and Earth. Use one element, like the Fire Orb, to summon a fire projectile or even combine two elements to summon more powerful attacks, which can be useful against huge, mechanical bosses!

Arc of Alchemist - Screenshot - Lunagear - Battle

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Meet Azur Lane: Crosswave characters Shimakaze, Suruga and Akagi!

Posted on January 07, 2020

Azur Lane: Crosswave - Character - Shimakaze

Up-and-coming rookie Shimakaze is quick and a great listener: talents which she utilises on the battlefield. Unfortunately, she seems to lack a sense of danger, so it's not unusual to find her in unexpected trouble.

Azur Lane: Crosswave - Character - Shimakaze

She is constantly reminded to be careful, which she takes to heart, and is showing growth as she prepares to join the Joint Military Exercise. Of course, many of her seniors get first pick at good opportunities to fight, but she is still seeking to become the MVP along with her partner, Suruga, as she cleverly works her way to bend the rules of the event.

Azur Lane: Crosswave - Character - Suruga

Suruga is a brand new member of the Sakura Empire fleet who joined at the same time as Shimakaze. She wants to show that she can handle any work assigned to her. Upon first glance, she seems difficult to approach, but that's only because she's trying to hide her personality issues and her kindness. That said, she is having a hard time getting rid of the stress building within her, and keeps pointing out oddities inside her mind.

Azur Lane: Crosswave - Character - Suruga

One day, during an exercise, she ends up partnering with Shimakaze. Little did she know that this would change her fate quite drastically...

 

Azur Lane: Crosswave - Character - Akagi

Akagi is one of the higher ranking members within Sakura Empire who is known to speak her mind freely, even to her leader. She is often found berating others if it helps the cause of the Sakura Empire, and those offended by her do not often speak up as she is very powerful. That said, her words are well-grounded.

Azur Lane: Crosswave - Character - Akagi

Coupled with her strength, she is in no short supply of either friend or foe. She planned the Joint Military Exercise, and is, in many ways, causing quite a stir.

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Azur Lane: Crosswave - Commander's Calendar Edition coming to retailers across Europe in 2020 - Pre-orders available tomorrow!

Posted on December 09, 2019

Azur Lane: Crosswave – Commander’s Calendar Edition

Commanders, raise the anchor and get ready to set sail! 

We’re happy to announce that the Azur Lane: Crosswave - Commander's Calendar Edition will be coming to retailers across Europe in Early 2020. If you would like to order from our online store, pre-orders will be available at noon (GMT) on Tuesday, 10th of December, 2019!


The Commander’s Calendar Edition will include the Azur Lane: Crosswave game for PlayStation4® , a Collector’s Box, a Reversible Cover Sleeve, and a beautiful 12 page Art Desk calendar featuring your favourite ship girls.


The Commander's Calendar Edition will be available only while stocks last.

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Happy Iffidays - Iffy's Holiday Ornament (2019) Available Now!

Posted on November 27, 2019

Iffy's Holiday Ornament 2019

Get into the holiday spirit, gather 'round the roaring fire, eat some cookies, and show someone how much they mean to you. It's time for Iffydays 2019! 

Celebrate this year's festivities with a sparkly acrylic charm featuring ol' Saint Nep and her reindogoo-driven sleigh, now available for £13.99! We start shipping the ornaments on the 27th of November.

Click on the image below to order:

Iffy's Holiday Ornament 2019

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