Apparently, SEGA believes in Thanksgiving gifts, or very early Christmas presents, because they gave gamers one today with the surprise announcement of Valkyria Chronicles 4 for a North America and European release! Ten years since the original Valkyria Chronicles hit the PS3, a new chapter of the main storyline is coming to consoles!
What we know so far is that the game is set in the same timeline as the original Valkyria Chronicles, and the PSP exclusive Valkyria Chronicles 2 and Valkyria Chronicles 3 (which never got a Western release). Unlike 2017’s Valkyria Revolution, Valkyria Chronicles 4 stays true to the series’ origin as a tactical turn-based game. Utilizing an upgraded version of the CANVAS engine that powered the original, the game retains the watercolor anime aesthetic of the previous games in the series.
The story runs parallel to Valkyria Chronicles and follows the exploits of Squad E as they partake in Operation Northern Cross, a desperate push by the Atlantic Federation to end the Second Europan War by taking the capital of the Eastern Imperial Alliance. Unfortunately for Squad E and the other fighters, it won’t just be Imperial soldiers and Valkyria that they’ll have to brave, but Winter herself, the implacable foe of multiple ersatz conquerors.
The upgraded BLiTZ battle system adds new options not seen in previous games, including new support systems, an explosive class called the Grenadier, and a “Last Stand” action for units about to die. The maps also promise to be bigger than ever before, allowing for new tactical challenges.
Hitoshi Sakimoto makes a return to the series as well! The composer of the original soundtrack to Valkyria Chronicles, returns to the series for the soundtrack of this new game.
Valkyria Chronicles 4 is scheduled for a 2018 release (no further specifics yet) in both the North America and European markets. The game is planned for availability on Sony’s PlayStation 4 consoles, Microsoft’s Xbox One family, and the Nintendo Switch.
This will definitely be worth keeping an eye out for future news in 2018!