The Japanese magazine Famitsu revealed today that Sega is finally planning a new entry in the Valkyria Chronicles saga of turn-based strategy games. Valkyria Chronicles: Azure Revolution has an anticipated Japanese launch in Winter 2016. However, the gameplay seems to be making a shift into real-time RPG territory. Gematsu has provided us with English translations of the information currently available about the game, including an explanation by director Takeshi Ozawa of the game’s new direction:

“We wanted to do something new using Valkyria, and one of the things we’re putting in is a real-time system. Initially, we were considering real-time strategy, but we went with an RPG because we think that’s what more users will want to play…The concept of the battle system and the sensation of the battlefield are the same, but because it’s an RPG with simulation elements, you can experience the battlefield through a different perspective…You get the feeling that you’re taking territory from a major power and expanding your scope. You’ll prepare at the base, go out to the field, achieve your objectives, and return to base. It’s similar to an RPG where you go into dungeons.”

There will be a working demo of Azure Revolution included with Valkyria Chronicles Remaster, which launches for the PS4 in Japan on February 10th and boasts high-definition graphics and DLC included. No word yet on a potential global release for either game.

Andrea Giargiari
Feature Writer, Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Media and Culture) via UMass Amherst

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