Earlier on we posted the first part of Nyoro SF’s translation of the GAMER interview with the director and producer for Valkyria: Azure Revolution. This is the second part of the lengthy interview, where we learn more about the fantasy and RPG elements in Valkyria: Azure Revolution, as well as the reason Valkyria Chronicles 2 took a different turn in terms of setting and characters. It’s an interesting read for those interested in Valkyria: Azure Revolution, and the evolution of the Valkyria Chronicles series. You can find the interview below! Once again our thanks go to Nyoro SF for translating the interview, and giving us permission to post it here.
In February of this year, GAMER sat down for a long interview with Katsura Mikami and Takeshi Ozawa of SEGA, the producer and director (respectively) of Valkyria Chronicles Remaster for the Playstation 4.
Towards the end of this past August, a NeoGAF thread surfaced with a partial translation of the interview provided by Nyoro SF, a Valkyria fan and ardent follower of the franchise. The translated segments contain a variety of helpful pieces of information regarding the development process for Valkyria Chronicles Remaster and of course, the prospect of Valkyria Chronicles 2 and 3 being remastered for Playstation 4.
While we will post some of the salient points of the interview in the form of a short summary, please view the thread and if you have a NeoGAF account, post in it to show support for both the Valkyria franchise and the translator’s efforts!
Over at the official Sony PlayStation blog, Atlus U.S.A./SEGA of America PR manager John Hardin commented on the possibility of seeing remastered versions of Valkyria Chronicles 2 & 3, and a possible localization for Valkyria: Azure Revolution. We thought it might be worth sharing the information here, as our readers are no doubt interested in this as well. Read on for a few quotes from Hardin, taken from the comments section on the blog.
EU gamers felt left out when Sony had a “Golden Week” sale on the US PlayStation Store earlier this year, but Sony has now announced a similar sales initiative named “Big in Japan” for the EU PlayStation Store, which sees a plethora of Japanese games sold at a discounted price for the PS3, PS Vita and PSP. We made a list of all the Atlus and Sega games featured in the sales, together with their new price. Not listed below but perhaps worth noting is that many of the Hyperdimension Neptunia games, a franchise which will receive a crossover game with the SeHa Girls, have been discounted as well. The sales ends on July 7th.
We reported on the US launch of the PlayStation TV earlier, but NeoGAF user LittleToaster has now pointed out that some games have been removed from the list of games compatible with the device. Unfortunately, this also includes Valkyria Chronicles 2. The US PS Store does in fact state the game is only compatible with the PS Vita, even though it did actually work if you managed to get the game installed (for which you needed a PS3). It’s unclear at the moment if there’s a workaround to get the game running on the PlayStation TV. In Europe, Valkyria Chronicles 2 can in fact be downloaded on the PS Vita directly from the PS Store and so far it’s still on the list of compatible games for the EU release of the PlayStation TV. It’ll remain to be seen whether or not the EU version will actually be playable or not.
So far, the PlayStation TV seems to be getting a mixed reception. Key problems are the lack of support for applications like NetFlix, the lack of 1080P output and the fact that not all PS Vita (or PSP) games are compatible with the device, including some of the PS Vita’s best reviewed games such as Gravity Rush. Whether or not Sony can actually address these problems and realize the full potential of the device isn’t clear, but progress in the past year has been rather slow.
Sony’s PlayStation TV has finally reached North America today. The regular version costs $99.99, but there’s also a bundle that includes the PS TV, a DualShock 3 controller, 8GB memory card, and a voucher for The Lego Movie Videogame for $139.99. The small device allows people to play a large number of games from different Sony platforms on your TV, ranging from games on the PS Vita (unfortunately not all of them work), PSone , PSP, PS3 (through streaming on PlayStation Now), and PS4 (Remote Play functionality).