As some might be familiar with already, Wargaming.net, creators of the popular free-to-play game World of Tanks, teamed up with the publishers of Girls und Panzer. There is official crossing of the two brands, for example, there was a manga in which the characters of Girls und Panzer explain how to play World of Tanks.
They are trying this strategy again, but with their next upcoming game, World of Warships. This game is highly anticipated by fans of World of Tanks. With the release of World of Warships, Wargaming.net will complete their “unified account” trio of World of Tanks, World of Planes, and World of Warships.
World of Warships is currently in alpha stages. It features highly detailed ship models and classes such as battleships, destroyers, cruisers, and carriers. They showed off the current game at GamesCon this year.
Arpeggio of Blue Steel originally began as a manga series by the artist group Ark Performance in September 2009. It made its debut as a 12-episode animated series on October 7, 2013. It was animated by the studio Sanzigen, an animation studio known for specializing in CGI animation. An animated film, Arpeggio of Blue Steel DC, will premiere in Japan on January 15, 2015.
The series follows humanity’s war of defense against the Fleet of Fog, a technologically advanced fleet with obscure origins. The Fleet of Fog is composed entirely of sentient ships with artificial intelligence; each ship’s CPU can take on human form. The main character, Gunzo, manages to become captain of the I-401, a submarine that defected from the Fleet of Fog for unknown reason.
Eventually, Japan develops a weapon that can defeat the Fleet of Fog, but only the United States has the industrial power to mass produce it. As such, the Japanese government has Gunzo transport the weapon across the Pacific Ocean and through the Fleet of the Fog’s blockade, so that the weapon can be used on a large scale. The manga also features Gunzo’s crew, as well the AI personas of the Fleet of Fog.
Here are some pictures of cross-promotion.
Source: For The Record.