Azur Lane’s open beta test has expanded into Southeast Asia as the hero collection shoot ‘em prepares for its first major update. Expected at the end of the month, the first update to the English version of Azur Lane will add a new chapter, three new characters, a number of new skins, and much more.
Today expansion has made the game available in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. This is addition to Canada and the United States, which received access to the Azur Lane open beta last week. With the expansion into new markets, Yostar has opened up Lexington, the game’s new server.
Along with the announcement of the expansion into SEA, plans for the first major update to the English version of the game have been revealed on the game’s Facebook page. The first major patch is set to launched at the end of the month and will bring a host of addition.
Aside from the usual bug fixes, UI upgrades, and localization improvements, the game’s story will receive its 6th chapter. Players will also have access to three new characters: Yūdachi, Fuso, and Yamashiro. The three characters are very loosely based on Japanese warships launched between 1914 and 1936. The update will also see some new weapon and character skins, watermelon themed furniture, and more.
While the extra content might be something fans of the game are looking forward to, the update will also come with a 6 hour long maintenance period on August 30th.
The hero collection shoot ’em up has not proven to be extremely popular, only now surpassing 100,000 total downloads on Android and iOS. However, it has proven to have resonated with some users, and currently ranks at #62 among Google Play’s top grossing games in the United States. It is also among the top 100 in a number of Southeast Asian regions.
Azur Lane is free and contains in app purchases. Here’s a trailer with a look at the mobile SHMUP:
Interested? Check out the hero collection game on Google Play.