On the EU PlayStation Store a large number of games are being discounted, and some of them are from SEGA and Atlus. In particular, Valkyria Chronicles Remastered and Odin Sphere Leifthrasir for the PlayStation 4 are part of the “PlayStation Plus Double Discounts”, meaning you get double the discount if you’re a PlayStation Plus member. This brings Valkyria Chronicles Remastered down to €7,99, definitely a good deal. There are also regular 65% discounts on Yakuza 5, Yakuza 4 and Yakuza: Dead Souls for the PlayStation 3. You can find the links below. The discounts run until March 23.
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.
Earlier this year, Japanese website GAMER interviewed the producer and director of Valkyria: Azure Revolution and Valkyria Chronicles Remastered. Recently, NeoGAF member Nyoro SF translated the interview in English, and our editor InTheSky already wrote an article about that earlier on, summarizing the info from the translation. However, Nyoro SF has now kindly given us permission to post the entire translation on our website. As such, you can now find the first part of the translated interview below! It’s an interesting read, as the developers also discuss the popularity of the series in the West, and whether or not a remaster of Valkyria Chronicles 2 and 3 is a possibility. Expect a follow-up article with part 2 of the translation soon!
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It’s fair to say that SEGA Europe has been a lot more active on social media over the past year, especially with the arrival of Dan Sheridan as their new community manager. But while the renewed SEGA of America has been hard at work on bringing SEGA games from Japan to the Americas, things didn’t go as smoothly in Europe. Whenever SEGA of America announced a new game, SEGA Europe didn’t immediately follow suit. The release of Yakuza 0 in Europe was initially in doubt, and it took a while for it to finally be confirmed. The SEGA 3D Classics Collection for the Nintendo 3DS was eventually confirmed for a European release, but we’re still without a release date even though the game is already available in the US. Similarly, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X was only recently confirmed for a European release. Unfortunately it comes with the caveat that the title won’t receive a physical release, even on PS4.
The latest UK All Formats video game sales charts courtesy of Chart-track shows Valkyria Chronicles Remastered debuting at #6, just behind Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright. In the PS4 specific sales chart, it entered at #4. While the game is being sold at a budget price, the game appears to be getting a much better reception this time around than its original release on PS3. Back in 2008, the PS3 version of the game failed to enter the top 40 in the All Formats chart, and only debuted in the PS3 list at #18.
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.
SEGA of America and Europe have both released Valkyria Chronicles Remastered today in their respective territories. Four static themes will be made available (for the EU they already are) on the PlayStation Store for $1.99/€1.99, you can see previews of these below. These appear to be the same themes released for Asia, although at the moment we only have 4 out of the 16 that were made available there. These four themes join the 12 avatars that were already made available earlier in the US. For the EU, you can find these on the PlayStation Store by following this link. For the US, these don’t appear to be available yet at this time.
More news for Valkyria Chronicles Remastered, as it’s nearing its release on May 17 in the Americas and the EU! First of all, SEGA of America have just released a new set of Valkyria Chronicles avatars for the EU! You can find them on the US PlayStation store here. The individual avatars cost $0.49, while the “Full Avatar Pack” containing all twelve avatars costs $3.99.
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Anyway, Sega has produced an English version of the Valkyria Chronicles Remastered trailer. No tricks, no screaming faces at the end, no stealth Valkyria Chronicles III localization announcements. Just an overview of the story that follows the lovable Squad 7.
There’s a lengthy press statement authored by SEGA in the video’s description. We’ll reproduce it for you below.
In the world of Valkyria Chronicles, the year is 1935 E.C., and the continent of Europa has been plunged into the Second Europan War between the Autocratic East Europan Imperial Alliance — also known as The Empire — and the Atlantic Federation over the precious resource Ragnite. The Empire is sweeping through the continent like an unchecked wildfire and has its eyes set on the rich Ragnite deposits of the Principality of Gallia. Although peaceful Gallia remains neutral in the conflict, its citizens will need to defend home and country against the inevitable invasion. Players follow Lieutenant Welkin Gunther and the vaunted Squad 7 of the Gallian Militia as they take on the seemingly insurmountable forces of the Empire.
Valkyria Chronicles Remastered features:
• HD “CANVAS” Graphics Engine – The stunning, painterly graphics return, but this time in 1080p/60fps high definition quality! Battles and cutscenes are conveyed like a vibrant tapestry in motion.
• “BLiTZ” tactical battle system – Part overhead turn-based strategy, part RPG, and part real-time 3rd person shooter, the” BLiTZ” system is an innovative mechanic that makes battles simultaneously strategic and action-packed. Players will command and control their soldiers and tanks as they take on the Empire in 30 different battlefronts.
• Memorable storyline – Set against the backdrop of a world war, Gunther, Alicia, Largo and the rest of the fierce members of Squad 7 fight for personal reasons in the name of freedom, and the hope against all odds of liberating Gallia from Empire control, all in the face of the terrible realities of war.
• DLC Included – Besides the core game, Valkyria Chronicles HD includes all previously released DLC: Hard EX Mode, Edy’s Mission, Selvaria’s Mission, and Challenge of the Edy Detachment.
SEGA of America have unveiled the full version of their Valkyria Chronicles Remastered website, which you can visit here. The website now offers details on the game’s “CANVAS” graphics engine and the “BLiTZ” battle system. an overview of the game’s story, its world and the main characters and a look at the gameplay. Lastly, there’s information on where to pre-order the game in the Americas, as well as the special edition being released there. However, the website doesn’t contain information on the EU version of the game, which I find rather odd, given that this is evidently also the official website of the game for EU gamers. For comparison purposes, you can find a backup of the original Valkyria Chronicles website here.