[update] Azur Lane Open Beta Has Started

Azur Lane gameplay English
Update: The Azur Lane open beta test has started in Canada and the United States. There is a launched planned for Southeast Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.) on August 30, 2018. As with most open beta tests, progress will not be wiped.

Original story:

Those that were unable to participate in the closed beta test for the upcoming hero collection shoot ’em up (SHMUP) are in luck, the Azur Lane open beta test will start tomorrow.

In a world where the forces of humanity have lost control of the seas, the remnants of the human race have banded together to share technology and retake the control from the Sirens. To this end humanity has formed Azur Lane, a global military organization with the goal of creating a fleet capable of taking down the enemy.

Similar to titles like Girls’ Frontline, Azur Lane is a game that revolves around anthropomorphised objects that now look like anime-style girls. Azur Lane’s characters are representations of World War II era warships. Players will be able to collect, power up, and battle using the likes of USS Helena, the IJN Maya, and HMS Belfast, all of which are represented by heavily armed anime girls complete with voice acting.

As players collect and upgrade their ships, they can form fleets and head into battle. The battles themselves are a mobile take on the SHMUP genre. Players control the movement of their three frontline ships using a virtual joystick, and have control over when their ships use their special attacks. There’s a fully automated mode for those that prefer to let the AI take on some of the game’s easier missions.

The game’s pre-registration campaign is still open and has thus far totaled more than 52,000 registrations. That total has helped unlock the following pre-registration rewards:

  • 5,000 pre-registrations: Magic Cube x 5
  • 10,000 pre-registrations: Rapid Construction x 5
  • 20,000 pre-registrations: Royal Cuisine x 5
  • 30,000 pre-registrations: Diamond x200
  • 50,000 pre-registrations: USS Yorktown aircraft carrier

Azur Lane will be free to play and contain in app purchases. Here is the game’s latest trailer:

Note: Not all games are available in all countries. Discounts and prices may vary by region. Unless otherwise stated, all prices are in USD.