SEGA has revealed that the next installment of the popular tactical strategy series Valkyria Chronicles will be coming to Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in 2018.
The title was confirmed to be in development with a special trailer published by SEGA earlier Sunday night. This comes after a week long countdown that teased news regarding a “Valkyria project”. While no gameplay was shown, a short behind-the-scenes developer portion was followed by cinematic footage for the game, giving fans hints at the overall plot. Thankfully, official SEGA PR has elaborated on the rest:
The continent of Europa is engulfed in the flames of the Second Europan War between the Atlantic Federation and the Autocratic Eastern Imperial Alliance. Although the Federation struggles valiantly against the Empire’s forces, the relentless imperial military machine threatens to consume them. With victory slipping away, the Federation executes Operation Northern Cross: a last-ditch attempt to capture the imperial capital and end the war.
Commander Claude Wallace and his loyal childhood friends in Squad E are sent to fight for the desperate operation’s success, but they will have to endure harsh bone-chilling elements, waves of imperial soldiers, and the terrifying Valkyria… and unravel a grave truth that will shake them to the core.
A Coming-of-Age Story in a Time of War – Valkyria Chronicles 4 takes place in the same timeframe as the original Valkyria Chronicles, but focuses on a whole new cast of main characters. Players will take command of the eager, young Commander Claude Wallace, engineer/heavy weapons extraordinaire Riley Miller, hotheaded Darcsen Raz, ice-cold ace sniper Kai Schulen, and more. Together, they will experience the painful realities of war–but will the bonds of Squad E’s friendships survive the frozen battlefield?
The Next Generation “BLiTZ” Battle System – The part overhead turn-based strategy, part RPG, and part real-time 3rd person shooter “BLiTZ” battle system returns to the field. New features include an explosive new class called the Grenadier, numerous offensive/defensive battleship support options, chances for a unit to have a “Last Stand” action before death, and more. Plus, fight the imperial threat with more units on larger-scale maps than ever before.
CANVAS Aesthetics – The series’ signature hand-drawn visual style is back and overhauled for the newest generation. Inspired by watercolor compositions, the CANVAS Graphics Engine blends visual elements of reality and imagination to create an expressive world filled with colorful emotions. Watch the journey of Squad E unfold like an interactive painting!
The Return of a Legendary Composer – The illustrious Hitoshi Sakimoto, original composer of the Valkyria Chronicles series and countless other emotional epics, returns to provide a sweeping orchestral soundtrack for the game.
With the release of Valkyria Chronicles Remastered in 2016, many viewed the previous installment as much more action-oriented compared to its tactical roots. However, all indications are that Valkyria Chronicles 4 will return to those strategy origins that have made it immensely popular in both Japan as well as the West.
As stated, the newest installment has been confirmed for release on all major home consoles — as well as the hybrid Switch. Although the game will launch on PS4 and Xbox One in Japan in March, it will launch later in the Summer on Nintendo’s console and no window outside of “2018” has been confirmed for the North American versions. More information and future updates on the game can be found at the official Valkyria Project website.