Attention soldiers! Get your war face ready (obligatory “you call that your war face!?”) and prepare for battle, because Valkyria Revolution is launching in Europe on 30th June for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita! Our previous PS Blog post covered how the game is quite literally a revolution from previous Valkyria games, but let me give you a brief refresher before you charge once more unto the breach.
First things first, Valkyria Revolution is not a sequel to the Valkyria Chronicles series: spinoff would be right word. It takes place in a whole different timeline, continent, and universe than its predecessors, but familiar elements, such as the precious mineral ragnite and the legendary beings known as the Valkyria, make a return. Instead of a World War II influence, the game is inspired by the European industrial revolution era and focuses on a war of liberation between two vastly different nations.
Oh, but arguably the biggest difference is the battle system. The turn-based action has been replaced with faster-paced, but no less strategic, combat. This hybrid battle system combines the tactics of customising squad behavior and loadouts with real-time combat for some pretty intense moments on the battlefield.
But at its core, Valkyria Revolution is a very human story about war. The small independent kingdom of Jutland is suffocating from an economic blockade sanctioned by the tyrannical Ruzi Empire, and must resort to war in order to liberate themselves and surrounding lands from the Ruzi’s imperialist conquest.
However, there’s one teensy-weensy problem. The Ruzi Empire have a Valkyria. You know, the living embodiment of death in demi-god form? Yeah, things aren’t going very well for the soldiers of Jutland. However, that’s where the Vanargand come in.
This elite team of ragnite sensitive warriors have been assembled with the sole purpose of annihilating the Ruzi’s Valkyria with extreme prejudice. Led by the consummate professional Captain Amleth Gronkaer and bolstered by the inspiring presence of Jutland’s Princess Ophelia, the Vanargand are ready to turn the tide of the war in the name of freedom. However, Amleth hides a terrible secret. Is he friend or foe to the country he has sworn to protect?
Oh, and we’ve got one more thing to reveal. Loyal soldiers are always rewarded for their service, so our brothers-in-arms in Europe who pre-order or snag a limited launch copy will receive a 12-track soundtrack by the extremely talented Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger, Stella Glow). Quantities are limited, so grab your copy on the double!
Valkyria Revolution will be released physically and digitally for the PlayStation 4, and as a digital-only title for the PlayStation Vita. Check out our website for more details and Godspeed, soldier.