In what appears to be an emerging trend, SEGA has unveiled both a sequel and a remaster for the tactical RPG series, Valkyria Chronicles. Both titles were revealed in the latest issue of the Japanese gaming magazine, Famitsu.
Valkyria: Azure Revolution is an entirely new entry to the franchise, following an escalating conflict over the discovery of a new mineral known as Ragnite. It promises a new cast of characters, and a land rife with political conflict to explore and unite. There are also reports of a new battle system, but the details of this remain largely unknown. One major point of interest is that the development team are touting Azure Revolution as more of an RPG than a strategy game. Precisely what this means remains to be seen.
The imaginatively titled Valkyria Chronicles Remaster will feature high-resolution graphics, and will include all of the original title’s additional content. It will also come packaged with a demo for Valkyria: Azure Revolution, for those keen to get a head start on the new title. For those unfamiliar, the original Valkyria Chronicles was a creative tactical RPG released on the PS3 in 2008. It took a novel turn on the genre, introducing real-time elements. With its unique setting and story twists, it captivated many players. It received a port to the PC, and spawned two sequels for the PSP.
Valkyria Chronicles Remaster is set to launch on the PS4 on February 10 next year, with Azure Revolution aiming for a broad winter release. At this point, neither title has been officially announced for a Western release, but with the trademark claim we reported on earlier, and the recent PC port of the original title, it’s certainly within reason.