Return to console
While we recently got a remastered version of Valkyria Chronicles for the PlayStation 4, Valkyria Revolution marks the first real return to console for the Valkyria Chronicles series. But as the game’s title already hints at, this isn’t actually a sequel to Valkyria Chronicles 3, nor is it a strategy RPG like its predecessors. Instead, Valkyria Revolution is an action-RPG which actually has very little in common with the previous games. Only the fictional mineral “Ragnite” and the legendary Valkyria themselves make a return, but even those have been altered to better fit the game’s fantasy setting.
Sega of America have uploaded a new video for their upcoming action-RPG Valkyria Revolution, featuring an interview with composer Yasunori Mitsuda and vocalist Sarah Àlainn, where they explain the creative process behind the song “Eternal Rest”.
Sega of America have revealed a new promotional video for the upcoming release of Valkyria Revolution, where we take a look at the creative process behind the game’s soundtrack. The game’s soundtrack by composer Yasunori Mitsuda has received a lot of praise. In the video, he talks about his work on the soundtrack, where he joined forces with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Sarah Àlainn, a multilingual Australian-Japanese singer. You can view the video below!
In a new update on the US and EU PlayStation blogs, the new PR Manager for Atlus/SEGA of America Will Chan has posted an update on Valkyria Revolution, a spinoff title from the Valkyria Chronicles series. The blog posts also reveals that pre-orders and limited launch copies of the physical PS4 and Xbox One game will consist of a limited “Vanargand Edition”, which contains several of extras. Unfortunately, it appears only the Americas are getting this version.
SEGA has released an art book for Valkyria Revolution, their recently released spinoff game from the Valkyria Chronicles series. The art book contains a total of 240 pages, and aside from artwork (ranging from CG to sketches) it also has interviews with the developers and artists, as well as a timeline for the major events of the Liberation War. The art book is currently available on Amazon Japan.
Valkyria Revolution has received a new character trailer in Japan which introduces Maxim. Once a former second prince of a country “Ipseria”, Maxim is now a general serving in the Rus Empire. He appears to be somewhat of a personal rival to Amleth, and has the ability to use powerful magic because of Ragnite experiments that were performed on him. He’ll show up on multiple occasions throughout the game to fight Amleth and his Vanargand unit. You can view Maxim’s character trailer and some screenshots courtesy of SEGA of Japan below.
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.
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?
After playing through the PlayStation Vita version of the Valkyria: Azure Revolution demo, we compiled some screenshots to show the difference between the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita version of the game. As expected, the PlayStation Vita version has some considerable graphical downgrades compared to the PlayStation 4 version. Shadows, texture resolutions and geometry are all of a much lower quality on the PlayStation Vita version, and several special effects have been removed, but the framerate appears to hold up at a steady 30fps and the gameplay is pretty much identical.
SEGA have released a PS Vita “Prologue” demo in Japan for Valkyria: Azure Revolution (known as Valkyria Revolution in the West), after already releasing a new PS4 demo a few days ago. The screenshots provided by Sony on the PlayStation Store also serve as the first look at the PS Vita version of the game. In addition, two new trailers of the Japanese PS4 version have been released, one of them introducing the game’s LeGION battle system and the other giving us a look at the city Elsinore in Jutland, which serves as your base of operations and allows for some degree of exploration. You can view the screenshots and the videos below.
The PlayStation Vita version is said to be the same in terms of content, with only a difference in graphics. In addition, cross save will be supported, even for the demo itself.