In a live stream on YouTube today, gravure model Saki Yoshida played through Valkyria: Azure Revolution on PS4, and this included gameplay segments that we haven’t seen before. In the video starting at 1:08:53, we can see her talking to characters and going through option screens in Elsinore, the capital of Jutland and your base of operations between missions. In the mission afterwards, we get to see a fight against Maxim, one of the game’s antagonists. You can see the video below, but you’ll have to watch it on YouTube as SEGA has disabled embedding on it.
SEGA of Japan’s latest character trailer for Valkyria: Azure Revolution focuses on Ophelia, the princess of Jutland and also a member of the “Vanargand”, and anti-Valkyria unit. In the game, she appears capable of using song magic in a similar way to Brunhild, the Valkyria from the Rus Empire. You can view the trailer below.
Valkyria Revolution is coming to Western gamers, as we learned not too long ago.
What with the lack of news surrounding the original “Valkyria Chronicles” sub-series of the Valkyria franchise, perhaps there have been many anxious fans wondering if we’d ever see something like Valkyria Chronicles again. As we are now learning, that might not be such a remote possibility.
An interview with the Japanese PSBlog featuring series director Takeshi Ozawa and producer Yoichi Shimosato (with translated comments from this nichegamer article) reveals that SEGA does not plan on keeping the Valkyria Chronicles sub-series of games dormant. What this may mean specifically, we cannot say for sure. The highest hopes are certainly placed on a high-end Valkyria Chronicles 4 set on Playstation 4, but we have yet to see how SEGA feels about such a project.
Dualshockers, by way of 4Gamer, also notes in an interview with Takeshi Ozawa that he hopes to share an important piece of news regarding the Valkyria series. He says that Valkyria: Azure Revolution is one title that expands the Valkyria IP, and that there should be more news to share about the Valkyria IP in the year 2017.
All of this being said, I will speak for myself in saying that it can be pretty safely concluded that there will be another Valkyria Chronicles title, and that it will be announced some time next year. But such a possibility doesn’t preclude it from being a mobile game, or being on handhelds, or otherwise not being a Valkyria on Playstation 4. The Valkyria Chronicles series is understood to be moderately popular in the West, but tantalizing as the prospect of Valkyria Chronicles 4 may be, it’s a risky move.
…one that we would all most certainly welcome!
But with that being said, what do you think of these new comments? Do you feel optimistic about these hints?
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!
SEGA has been releasing a series of new 1080P screenshots of Valkyria: Azure Revolution on their official Twitter account lately, and we’ve compiled the ones released so far in the gallery below. A few days ago, SEGA also released a new trailer introducing the “Five Grave Sinners”, or the “circle of five”, who were remembered in history as traitors who led their entire country to war in their personal quest for revenge. What really took place during that time is something that we’ll likely find out when playing the game. We also talked about the individual members of the circle of five, which include main character Amleth, in an earlier article.
SEGA of Japan has released a new character trailer for Valkyria: Azure Revolution, introducing the character Brunhild. As you can notice in the trailer, Brunhilde, a Valkyria, is themed after the Grim Reaper, as she wields a scythe in battle and can sometimes be seen wearing a death mask and black robes. As a Valkyria defending Emperor Claudius and the Rus empire, Brunhild is an enemy to Amleth and his anti-Valkyria Vanargand group. We can see her “Song of Death” incapacitate Amleth’s group in the trailer (a scene also shown if you successfully defeated Brunhild in the second demo), although Ophelia is apparently able to counter it with a song of her own. You can watch the trailer below.
The PlayStation Vita version of Chain Chronicle, titled Chain Chronicle V, has received a collaboration event with the Valkyria Chronicles franchise. The event is scheduled to run from December 1 to December 14. The mobile version of the game also received this crossover earlier this year, featuring the same character art. You can view all the character cards that can be unlocked during the event below. While it features the major characters from Valkyria Chronicles and Valkyria Chronicles 3, Juliana is the only character from Valkyria Chronicles 2. The official webpage for the event can be found here.
Along with their Autumn Sales, Valve have now launched its own Steam Awards, and are asking the Steam community which games should be nominated for each of the 8 different categories. This provides an interesting opportunity for fans to nominate their favorite SEGA games. There’s also an opportunity to submit your own category, and the Steam Awards Selection Committee will review the most popular user submitted entries and select the best ones. Nominating can be done simply by searching for a game in the Steam store, clicking “Nominate this game for an award” and selecting a category for that game. You can find an overview of all the 8 categories below.
SEGA have released another trailer for Valkyria: Azure Revolution, this time showing the DLC bonus that comes with the first print of the game. Set one day before the start of the game, it tells the story of how the anti-Valkyria Vanargand unit was formed. You can view the trailer below! Recently, SEGA announced a third demo for the game, to be released in December. Valkyria: Azure Revolution will be released on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan on January 19.
SEGA of Japan have today announced that those who missed out on the Japanese Valkyria: Azure Revolution 2.0 demo earlier on (for which you had to register in advance of its release), will get another chance to play a new demo of the game in late December. The new demo will feature the prologue chapter of the game, and this time the save data from this new demo will also carry over to the full game. Valkyria: Azure Revolution will be released on January 19 for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan.