Sega have announced that they’ll be revealing a new Valkyria project on November 20th! Alongside the announcement they also launched a new teaser website. At the moment it features little more than a background showing a frozen, hostile environment with long chasms running through the landscape, emitting a blue glow (Ragnite?) from within.
Sega is aiming for a worldwide release for the game, as evidenced by the fact that the teaser website is available in multiple languages. However, no other details are known, and fans are obviously worried about what SEGA has in store. The Valkyria series has been a unfortunate example of SEGA mismanaging one of their most promising series. The latest misstep was Valkyria Revolution, an action-RPG spin-off that failed to live up to fans’ expectations. Both in and outside of Japan, fans are hoping to see the game return to its tactical RPG roots.
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”.
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.
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.
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 has announced a January 19 release date for the Valkyria: Azure Revolution Official Soundtrack CD, set to release in conjunction (but not packaged) with the game itself. We have used the jacket art for the CD as the featured image shown above. The CD package features all BGM tracks for Valkyria: Azure Revolution, alongside a selection of remixes and 5.1 support. It will sell for 3,240円.
As a reminder, the OST for Valkyria: Azure Revolution features the talents of video game composer Yasunori Mitsuda and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.
There are preorder links open for such places as Amazon.jp (which ships outside of Japan). Famitsu’s own article on the announcement of the CD’s release date can be seen here.
The Four Commanders of Valkyria: Azure Revolution are leading antagonists who represent the Rus Empire, the enemy to the Jutland Kingdom. Throughout the course of the game, Amleth and the Jutland Kingdom forces will be tasked with fighting against each of the Four Commanders. Each of these villains will pilot a large mechanical behemoth that must be taken down by the party. The members of the Four Commanders are:
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.