It looks like we’ll have to wait until next year for a full dive into the newest addition to the Love Live! franchise. But the latest trailer and site updates are finally telling us at least a little of what’s going on in the upcoming game.
The first trailer for the game — titled Love Live! School Idol Festival All Stars — features Aqours performing their theme, as well as a shot of all 27 idols (µ’s, Aqours, and our unnamed third set) ready to rock.
The site itself also rolls out five new points of interest for the upcoming app:
A new “live” system. Rather than being a rhythm game, the new app will include animation as seen in other Love Live! games. Leveling up your idols will visibly improve their performance.
New, fully-voiced original stories. The scope of the game’s story will expand beyond the schools’ walls, with specific storylines and club activities based on which group(s) you interact with. Focusing in on one character will also enhance your bond with them and unlock new storylines.
Customization and skill trees. The new game boasts a high level of freedom when it comes to training your idols. Use club activities and training to tailor their skills and customize your favorite idol.
Cross-app support. You can play All Stars using your SIF ID, and launch either from the same loading screen. Also, your All Stars ranking will be reflected in your SIF rankings.
New characters. In addition to the girls of Love Live! and Love Live! Sunshine!!, players will be able to interact with nine newly-integrated, fully voiced characters from Nijigasaki Academy (three fan favorites who were originally N-level cards in SIF, and six created new for All Stars).
Love Live! School Idol Festival All Stars launches in 2018, but you can get to know the new characters now via the official 4koma series.
Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, blogs and runs interviews for (Re)Generation Who and PotterVerse, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl’s Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.