The tactical RPG Valkyria Chronicles is making a return to our screens with a brand new edition to the series. Valkyria Chronicles 4 will deliver another World War II-esque world ready to fulfill all your shoot-wait-defend-wait needs.
This next instalment will boast a new ensemble cast telling their story about growing up in the shadows of a war and battlefield. It retains the original painted look that has previously proven popular. However it’s not the same old same old as the studio has spent at least two years of development breathing new life into its much loved roots. Basically they’ve kept the good stuff and built better stuff on top. Nice.
Valkyria Chronicles 4 is the first new release for the series since Valkyria Chronicles 3 in 2011. But technically it’s the second release on the next generation of console (PS4) as Valkyria Chronicles Remastered launched in 2014 and managed to entice a new generation of fans, including this writer here. It is credited with laying the foundations for Valkyria Chronicles 4.
Returning to its roots, Chronicles 4 will have a military theme with normal-type folk (no superheroes or steroid-fuelled soldiers). Their personas are heavily influenced by the accounts of those who served during the Second World War to create a more human-like and relatable character.
The studio gave the following reply when asked how Valkyria Chronicles 4 differs from the other games:
The first Valkyria Chronicles games focused on the small country of Gallia. This time around, the world itself is expanding to reveal an epic story that covers the full scope of the Second Europan War. We recreated a world history loosely based on the frontlines of the Eastern Theatre and want you to experience a different side of the Europan conflict.
It was also revealed that the infamous brush-stroke artwork has had a 21st century makeover of its own thanks to advancing technologies:
New hardware allowed us to repaint the gorgeous visuals you know and love in a whole new light. In order to amplify Canvas’ hand-drawn, watercolour aesthetic, we deepened the shadows to make its colours pop. We also added real-time environmental effects — like footprints left in the snow, or heatwaves warping the air around you — to give the sense that you’re actually there in person.
Valkyria Chronicles 4 launches in Europe next year, aka 2018.