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Strategy RPG Valkyria Revolution storms PS4 and PS Vita in 2017

Atlus’ fan-favourite series returns in the Spring

Valkyria Revolution (formerly Valkyria Azure Revolution if you’ve been watching the title in Japan) is poised to break the blockade of being trapped in Japan and make landfall on the shores of the Americas and Europe in 2017 on PlayStation 4 and PS Vita!

Now, maybe you tried Valkyria Chronicles Remastered earlier this year, or maybe you and the rest of Squad 7 persevered through the Gallian Empire invasion back on the PS3 in 2008. Well, take one last look at those memories, because war is about to change.

Valkyria Revolution takes place in an alternate time, an alternate continent, and an alternate universe, so it’s literally a revolution from the previous Valkyria titles. There are a few common threads though: ragnite, the azure-coloured mineral with magical properties returns in this game; as are the Valkyria, the last of an ancient race of magical, and highly destructive, demi-gods.

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Valkyria Revolution shows how all it takes is a single spark to start the inferno of war and you’ll get a look at that experience firsthand. Five lifelong friends consumed by personal revenge plunge an entire continent into a terrible war, sacrificing the lives of countless innocents for a cause based on twisted half-truths and outright lies. This “Circle of Five” use their combined influence in their political and military positions to motivate their small, economically blockaded homeland to rise up and become a powerful resistance against its imperialist oppressors.

Will the Circle of Five be remembered as heroic liberators, or will their selfish motives expose them as traitorous conspirators who sacrificed untold lives just to carry out a personal vendetta?

Heavy, right? That’s the story players will be chipping away at in Valkyria Revolution, but there’s also a lot of other elements at play:

It’s a ground-up look at war, and the blurred lines of morality it inevitably crosses. The game winds up asking you: Are you truly a hero? Or just the least despicable bad guy? And speaking of morality – permadeath is a returning gameplay element as well. Sure, it may be tactically advantageous to sacrifice a soldier for the good of the team, but you’ll have to be the one who bears the bad news to their next of kin.

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Combat is strikingly different from Valkyria Chronicles as well. In Revolution, the turn-based action is gone in favour of an active-style of combat on a living, evolving battlefield. Tactics still play an important role, and your squad has highly customisable AI. You can adjust their battle role to prioritise a general role like Offense, Defence, and Support, or you can get way more granular and have the individuals focusing on using spells, guns, or even whether they target grunts or enemy leaders first.

Plus there’s a highly customisable weapons tree – where players can decide which upgrades they want to use to their unique, individual melee weapons, and augment that by figuring out which ranged weapon works best – and that’s anything from a pistol to a rocket launcher.

And finally, let’s not forget – this is WAR: There’s the fate of a nation and countless lives are on the line. There are plenty of contacts you’ll have to make in order to keep the military intelligence going – and your relationship with your squadmates may make the difference between getting out of a battle alive or the crushing agony of watching your country lie in ruinous defeat.

Valkyria Revolution will arrive in the Americas and Europe in spring of 2017. The PS4 version will be available both physically and digitally in all regions, but the PS Vita version will be digital-only for all regions.

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Languages? only english?

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It’ll have dual audio (English and Japanese), but only English subs afaik :(

Wow. I’m actually shocked that we are getting this. GREAT news!

howboutthisthen 14 December, 2016 @ 15:30
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Vita version for EU? Sounds great! I’ll take a digital version over neve playing it at all. I’m a longtime fan of Valkyria, interested to see what they’ve done with the combat.

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Yeah, the Vita version is coming to the EU as well, but digital only (and as a weird quirk, will be listed as a Sega of Europe game)

Wooohooo! Finally :D Was kinda disappointed when I didn’t see it at PSX but here it is!

Best news for Vita in years. Im genuinely surprised. Had no idea it would come out so soon and on both platforms.
Guess that gives me half a year to finish the remaster.

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Get on that! VCR is so good. SO GOOD!

But don’t forget…this game takes place in a COMPLETELY different universe and has a different style of gameplay as well

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Yes, thank you very much for supporting Vita!!!

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Still, how about Valkyria Chronicles 3 in English? Or maybe a Valkyria Chronicles 2&3 HD, please?

Always been interested in the Valkyria series, never played one though. Will be keeping tabs on this game.

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You should def. def. def. check out the original Valkyria Chronicles too if you get the chance :)

RustyTachikoma 14 December, 2016 @ 18:46
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Thank you for the Vita version! I only find time to play on portables these days so this good news.
The cherry on top of the cake would be a physical release (even if it was a very limited print run) but I’ll take this over nothing. :)

Awesome, you have my genuine thanks for the vita version, pity it’s nigh impossible to localize Phantasy Star Nova by now.

And Square Enix deserves as much shaming as possible.

I don’t care how bad this game might be or how far it strays. Buying it for Valkyria.

Thank you for the Vita version, day one buy for sure!

No physical release for PS Vita? That’s a bit disappointing..

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