Sega and Deep Silver have announced that Valkyria: Azure Revolution will be released to North America and Europe some time in Q2 2017, under the name “Valkyria Revolution“. It will release for Playstation 4, Vita, and the Xbox One, in a rather surprising move. The PS4 version of the game will have a physical copy while the Vita version is digital only. John Hardin has also recently confirmed the inclusion of dual audio tracks in the Western releases of the game, as well!
Valkyria Revolution is set in an alternate timeline apart from the rest of the franchise. However, it retains elements from the previous Valkyria games such as the mineral Ragnite and the Valkyria race (represented by Brynhildr of the Rus Empire in this game). The plot centers around five friends, given the title of “Circle of Five” who used their political and military influence to lead their country to war in a quest for revenge.
The gameplay of Valkyria Revolution departs from the strategy-RPG type of gameplay of the previous games, featuring more active-based combat with tactical options for your allies. Players can also customize their characters with an elaborate weapon upgrade system. Additionally, the world of Valkyria Revolution comes to life with the new Gouache rendering engine to give this game a distinct visual identity, as is tradition within the Valkyria franchise. Composer Yasunori Mitsuda provides the game’s soundtrack.
Valkyria Revolution will be released in Japan in January 19th. For newcomers of the series, Valkyria Chronicles: Remastered is out now on Playstation 4 and PC via Steam. Do be aware that Valkyria Chronicles: Remastered and Valkyria Revolution represent unique gameplay experiences and are different from each other.
Please find SEGA’s press statement announcing the release of Valkyria Revolution below:
Rise Up! Discover the Violent History and Painful Truth of the Liberation War in Valkyria Revolution
Previously Known as “Valkyria: Azure Revolution, The Game Will Come to the West for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Xbox One
Irvine, Calif – Dec. 13, 2016 – The Valkyria, the embodiment of death is returning to the battlefield in Valkyria Revolution and players will have to do – and sacrifice – whatever is necessary to seek out their vengeance. Previously reported as “Valkyria: Azure Revolution,” the newly titled Valkyria Revolution will release in the west both physically and digitally for the PlayStation®4 and Xbox One™, and as a digital-only title for the PlayStation®Vita. Valkyria Revolution is also in a sense a revolution from the traditional Valkyria Chronicles universe, as it’s set in an alternate timeline based on the European industrialization era and eschews the traditional turn-based strategy gameplay for a new hybrid of real-time combat and tactical strategy across battlefields. Valkyria Revolution will be available in Q2 of 2017.
All it takes is a single spark to start the inferno of war, and in the story of Valkyria Revolution, players will experience that firsthand. Five lifelong friends consumed by personal revenge plunge an entire continent into a terrible war, sacrificing the lives of countless innocents for a cause based on twisted half-truths and outright lies. This “Circle of Five” use their combined influence in their political and military positions to motivate their small, economically blockaded homeland to rise up and become a powerful resistance against its imperialist oppressors. Will the Circle of Five be remembered as heroic liberators, or will their selfish motives expose them as traitorous conspirators who sacrificed untold lives just to carry out a personal vendetta? Players will watch this history unfold in Valkyria Revolution and find out the truth behind the events…
Valkyria Revolution Features:
- A Brush with Death – Turning the tide of battle in Valkyria Revolution is Brunhilde, one of the last of the ancient and powerful Valkyrur, magical beings with near limitless power. She’s bound by oath to the enemy forces and players will have to figure out how to defeat her.
- Prepare for LeGION – Valkyria Revolution has a brand new battle system that mixes real-time combat and tactical strategy. Players can take control of the battlefield using brazen combos or cunning tactics and finding a balance between them is the key to excelling in skirmishes.
- The Ingenuity of War – Through adversity comes great engineering, and with a besieged homeland, players will have upgrade their existing weapons through branching customization paths.
- A New Painterly Look – Valkyria Revolution has a refined look thanks to the new Gouache rendering engine, giving the graphics a unique canvas texture.
Classic Composer – Valkyria Revolution has a vibrant soundtrack brought to life by the incredibly talented composer Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger, Stella Glow)
Valkyria Revolution is not just a new chapter in the legendary Valkyria series, but a whole new entry with new characters, a new world, and new gameplay mechanics. The static, turn-based battlefield has become an action-oriented stage for devastating melee combos, lethal ranged attacks, and strategic shifts to turn the tide of battle, all while exploring the incredible history of the Circle of Five. Valkyria Revolution will be released on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Xbox One in Q2. The game has not yet been rated by the ESRB. For more information, please visit valkyria.sega.com