On October 14, Bandai Namco Entertainment posted a news bulletin to their YouTube channel, which focued on the upcoming Super Robot Wars 30. In the update, which was hosted by producers Takanobu Terada and Shouhei Mogami, highlighted the first round of planned DLC add-ons for the title.
In the teaser, it was revealed the Sakura Wars franchise will be added as playable units in the update. Five units will be added to the roster:
- Sakura Shinguji (Kobu Mk. II)
- Ichiro Ogami (Kobu Mk. II)
- Erica Fontaine (Kobu F2)
- Gemini Sunrise (Rodeo STAR)
- Shinjiro Taiga (STAR)
In the trailer, it was revealed that Sakura, Erica, and Gemini’s units will feature new voiced dialogue, which will be provided by Chisa Yokoyama (Sakura), Noriko Hidaka (Erica), and Sanae Kobayashi (Gemini). Moreover, the iconic Kouma demons will appear as enemy units.
As of press time, it has not been confirmed whether Akio Suyama and Hisayoshi Suganuma will reprise their roles as Ogami and Taiga.
The release marks the first time that the Sakura Wars franchise has been added to the mainline Super Robot Wars series. The title had appeared in mobile game Super Robot Wars X-Ω as part of a limited-time event.
A statement from Sakura Wars series director Takaharu Terada was also revealed, which reads:
It’s been 19 years since I had a conversation with Mr. Takanobu because we share a similar name. Since then, I’ve always envisioned and dreamed of having Sakura Wars in Super Robot Wars, and I’m thrilled that my dream has finally come true with Super Robot Wars 30. The robots that have appeared in Super Robot Wars, such as the Kobu and STAR, are small robots, but they possess the same level of combat power, fervor, and somewhat bizarre attacks as Mazinger and Gundam Master. I hope you’ll be able to use them as part of your team when you play!
In addition to Sakura Wars, units from Super Electromagnetic Machine Voltes V, Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack Beltorchika’s Children, and the Super Robot Wars OG series will also be added in the pack.
The first DLC pack for Super Robot Wars 30 will launch in November 2021. A price has yet to be confirmed for the pack. Super Robot Wars 30 will launch on Steam, Nintendo Switch, and Sony PlayStation 4 in Japan on October 28, 2021. The title will receive a global PC release via Steam, and has been rated T by the ESRB.
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