Returning staff included series creator Oji Hiroi, scenario writer Satoru Akahori, character designers Kōsuke Fujishima and Hidenori Matsubara, composer Kohei Tanaka, and animation studio Production I. NIS America's localization took two years to complete, being their longest and largest project at the time.
The game was well received by critics, but sold poorly compared to previous Sakura Wars games.
During the battle, Ratchet is wounded, forcing Shinjiro to assume command.
After thwarting Ranmaru's invasion, Shinjiro becomes the New York Combat Revue's Captain-in-Training and Ratchet fills the role of Vice Commander.
The game began development following the release of Sakura Wars 4: Fall in Love, Maidens for the Dreamcast in 2002.
The setting of New York was originally intended for Sakura Wars 4, but the discontinuation of the Dreamcast resulted in the planned story for Sakura Wars 4 being reworked for the next mainline entry.
is a video game developed by Sega and Red Entertainment for the Play Station 2 (PS2), with a later port for the Wii developed by Idea Factory.
The fifth entry in the Sakura Wars series, it was published by Sega in Japan in 2005 for the PS2, and later localized and released overseas by NIS America in 2010 for both PS2 and Wii, becoming the first Sakura Wars game released in English.
When faced with critical choices in the course of a conversation, up to three dialogue options are displayed with a time limit for the player to select a response.Following an attack on the Statue of Liberty, Shinjiro becomes a member of the Star Division.The New York Combat Revue engages demon forces at the Statue led by Ranmaru, a recurring antagonist in the game.Battles take place within 3D arenas, where each unit has a full range of movement, with their distance limited by an Action Point meter: the battle system is dubbed "ARMS" (Active & Realtime Machine System).Each unit has their own turn, with each turn allowing two actions.In between subsequent missions against powerful demonic beings allied with Ranmaru, Shinjiro becomes involved in the personal lives and struggles of the growing New York Combat Revue—which grows to include Diana and Mexican bounty hunter Rosarita Aries.He gains their trust and can optionally romance one of the members.Ratchet then introduces Shinjiro to the rest of the Combat Revue.Shinjiro then learns that his uncle, Imperial Assault Force Commander Ichiro Ogami, was to be in New York in place of Shinjiro.Sakura Wars: So Long My Love is set in New York City during a fictionalized version of the late 1920s, with players taking the role of Shinjiro Taiga and the all-female New York Combat Review.Dubbed a "dramatic adventure" game and taking place across multiple episodes, the gameplay segments incorporate tactical role-playing, dating sim and visual novel elements.