Super Robot Wars 30 Sakura Taisen DLC, Demo, How to Download in English
Sakura Taisen joining Super Robot Wars 30 is historical.
Banda Namco released a special video on October 15, revealing the DLC pack 1 details for anime crossover JRPG Super Robot Wars 30, shocking fans worldwide as the Sakura Taisen series joins the fray.
Sakura Wars introduction
The Sakura Taisen (Sakura Wars) franchise is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. The first game by Sega and Red Entertainment was released on Sega Saturn in 1996. Be sure to check our past coverage of Sakura Taisen, with translated interviews, streams, and comments from the staff.
Due to the language barrier, the Sakura Taisen series is often mistakenly interpreted as a tactical RPG series or a dating sim series. However, the series is a unique mix of several genres and inspirations, and cannot be easily categorized.
Sakura Taisen also greatly helped democratize two concepts: “Media Mix”, which is building a franchise on several sides with games, anime, stage plays, and other spinoffs. And the concept of “2.5D franchises”, where seiyuu (Japanese voice actresses and actors) are pushed into the spotlight, most notably with concerts, with the seiyuu acting the characters they voice.
The 2.5D aspect played a huge part in Sakura Wars‘ success. While the main game series stopped for 15 years until Shin Sakura Taisen in 2019, the Kayou Shows (musicals) featuring Sakura Taisen seiyuu have never truly stopped.
- MORE – Our review and thoughts on Shin Sakura Taisen
Why Sakura Taisen joining Super Robot Wars 30 as DLC is historical
As producers Takanobu Terada and Shohei Mogami explained in the video below, Sakura Taisen was never featured in a console Super Robot Wars game. However, many fans always wanted it to happen. And producer Terada mentioned many times in the past he wanted to make it happen as well. Most notably by recounting the same anecdote he shares in the video, he has a very similar name to the director of the Sakura Wars series, Takaharu Terada.
In 2020, we also asked Shin Sakura Taisen director Tetsuya Ootsubo if Sakura Taisen would ever appear in Super Robot Wars. As far as I know, there are many rumors but not confirmed sources as to why Sakura Taisen was never featured in the Super Robot Wars series. Until mobile game SRW Cross Omega in 2017. What matters, however, is that it’s finally happening for a console game too. We are living an historical moment.
- MORE – Our interview with the Shin Sakura Taisen staff
A message from Takaharu Terada was also published:
It’s been 19 years since I had a conversation with Mr. Takanobu because we share a similar name. Since then l’ve always envisioned and dreamed of having Sakura Wars in SUPER ROBOT WARS, and l’m thrilled that my dream has finally come true with SUPER ROBOT WARS 30.
The robots that have appeared in Sakura Wars, such as 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!
Super Robot Wars 30 DLC 1 details, season pass, demo
The Super Robot Wars 30 DLC pack 1 adds: Hi-Nu Gundam from Beltorchika’s Children, Voltes V, and Sakura Taisen, with Sakura Shinguji, Erica Fontaine, Gemini Sunrise, Ichiro Ogami, and Shinjiro Taiga.
Moreover, The RyuKoOh and KoRyuOh from the Super Robot Wars OG series, piloted by Kusuha and Bullet, are also in DLC 1. Producer Terada noted it’s because these two mecha are particularly popular in Asia. It’s nine units in total. You can check them all in the gallery below.
The DLC pack 1 will be released in November, with these nine units and 13 maps. However, if you buy the Season Pass, you’ll have access to DLC packs 1 and 2 from the game’s launch. DLC pack 2 will add another nine units, two of which will be OG, and 13 more maps.
How to download the Super Robot Wars 30 Demo in English, save transfer to the full game
Update: Unlike in Super Robot Wars OG Moon Dwellers, SRW V, SRW X, and SRW T, where English was only available in Asia versions, the Japanese version of SRW 30 includes its English translation.
You’ll be able to play SRW 30 in English even if you get the Japanese physical or digital version of the game. In the screenshots I took below, you can see English is listed among the supported languages alongside Japanese on both Switch and PS4.
The Super Robot Wars 30 demo is available on the Japanese Nintendo Eshop and the Japanese PlayStation Store. You’ll need to create a Japanese PSN account. Meanwhile, on the Eshop, you can simply switch your account’s region to Japanese on the Eshop.
The demo is not available on Steam. However, seeing what happened with Tales of Arise and recent Bandai Namco games, it’s very likely the SRW 30 demo will be released on Steam with the full game on October 28. Saves from the demo can be transferred to the full game, and doing so will net you some bonuses.
Super Robot Wars 30 launches on PS4 and Switch in Japan and Asia, and on PC via Steam worldwide on October 28. You can always reach me on Twitter to chat about Super Robot Wars and mecha anime.