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Valkyria Chronicles Update: Demo, Q&A, More

Christopher Kaminski's Avatar + Posted by Christopher Kaminski on Oct 23, 2008 // Associate Producer, Sega of America

Hi Everyone!

I’m Christopher Kaminski, the US Producer on Valkyria Chronicles, here to update you on a couple of things. First of all, we’ve released a few new trailers recently that showcase some of the main characters: Squad 7, Welkin and Alicia. As we approach launch, we’ll be showing off more of the key units who appear in the game’s imminent release!

Now let’s dig into the meat of this post. I’d like to tell you how the pre-launch event we had at the Sony PlayStation Store in San Francisco last month went!

Eager fans lined up to meet and get an autograph from our most-esteemed Producer from SEGA Studios Japan, Ryutaro Nonaka. Each person walked away with a limited edition autographed box sleeve, a handy item to have when they pick up a copy of Valkyria when it comes out in less than two weeks (November 4th!).

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We even had Alicia Melchiott to greet the fans!

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This was a great opportunity for everyone that attended the event to get a little sneak preview hands-on with the demo before anyone else. For those of you curious about how Valkyria Chronicles plays, it’s been available on Qore for the past 2 weeks, and hits the wider PSN today.

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We raffled off some very cool items such as the official soundtrack from the game, toy figures Nonaka-san brought with him from Japan, signed art pieces from the game and of course the Sony PLAYSTATION 3! Pictured below are some of our lucky winners!

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This was Nonaka-san’s first trip to San Francisco. He really didn’t know what to expect from this visit. Afterwards, he told us how genuinely overwhelmed he was by everyone’s enthusiasm for the game. He really was really excited to meet all the Valkyria Chronicles and SEGA fans and appreciates everyone coming out to support the game. Just look at that face in the picture above. He really hopes that everyone will enjoy playing Valkyria Chronicles as much as he enjoyed working on it!

He also took time to answer some of your questions, sent in by readers of PlayStation.Blog:

1. What games or other materials would you say were inspiration for this game?? What inspired you to put Vyse and Aika in Valkyria Chronicles?

    The game’s fundamental story wasn’t really influenced by any other games. The reason for the “Skies of Arcadia” characters appearing had to do with staff like Chief Director Tanaka and Chief Artist Kanazawa and other folks who had worked on “Arcadia” as well. Since we had around 50 soldiers to create for the game, we decided to add them. “Valkyria Chronicles” and “Skies of Arcadia” take place in different worlds, but try not to overthink that too much. Besides, for players unfamiliar with “Arcadia,” they won’t even realize that these characters aren’t just other random soldiers.

2. Why did the team choose the watercolor painting art style for this game?

    We wanted to show the triumph of the human spirit, even amidst the hardship of war; to do this, we felt it necessary to show not just the reality of the battlefield, but of real, human characters and emotional drama. This led to us creating the CANVAS system, our new graphic engine, to really show a sort of warmth and caring touch by creating imagery that looks like hand-drawn watercolors. To generate this real-time, hand-painted look takes quite a lot of processing power, and I think that we’ve accomplished what we set out to do.

3. Without spoiling anything what can you tell us about the storyline?

    There’s an Empire, and there’s the small country of Gallia, which is a member of a confederation of smaller states. The Empire invades this small country, and so the heroes, including Welkin, who’s just this normal guy, along with Alicia and her military comrades, get wrapped up in this war. There are also legends of something known as “Valkyria,” and that’s something that plays a big part in this battle that these people get caught up in. You’ll have to play the game to find out more, though.

4. Is this game friendly to newcomers of the genre?

    The user has a lot of freedom in this game (like the ability to select what units to bring into battle and how to set up their squad, how to utilize their squad on the field), and the fundamental gameplay mechanic is rather simple. I think that even beginners should be able to have a fun time with this game, and that they’ll get used to how it all works very quickly.

5. Are there any plans for downloadable content, expansion packs?? Any other unusual additions?

    In Japan, on 8/8, our first batch of download content was released. This includes a new side-episode that centers on some of the side-characters, as well as a new extra-hard difficult. At the end of October, we hope to have our second content set released. (This will center on the Imperial Army’s Selveria squad fighting against the Gallian army in another additional episode). Plans for download content for the overseas releases are still to be determined.

All in all, the event went well and we were very happy to see everyone playing and enjoying the game. It was great to meet everyone and thank you for taking the time to come out to support Valkyria Chronicles.

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For more information on the game, visit www.valkyrichroniclesgame.com.

Thank you!

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+ Fersis on October 23rd, 2008 at 11:34 am said:

I played the demo ….Im sold
Another game for Fersis. :D

Also this ‘first’ thing is getting annoying.


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+ EddyxMob on October 23rd, 2008 at 11:35 am said:

Sweet Man!

But there gonna be any trophies or a patch after launch?
just wondering


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+ kspraydad on October 23rd, 2008 at 11:35 am said:

I really loved the look of this game but I’m not a fan of the type of game play.

Good luck to SEGA on this though as we need some strong titles in this genre.


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+ tearsofash on October 23rd, 2008 at 11:36 am said:

Can’t wait to play this game!


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+ StalkingSilence on October 23rd, 2008 at 11:38 am said:

Not my type of game, but I will download the demo.


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+ sublimentality on October 23rd, 2008 at 11:38 am said:

Ive been playing this demo from Qore for a while now and I must say I really like this game. Love the art style, love the gameplay. Very unique game and If it wasnt coming out in such a game saturated time, id probably pick this up day 1. Also really wish it had trophies as it makes games more fun for me when I have specific challenges set for me.


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+ Eternity_Viper_Snake on October 23rd, 2008 at 11:40 am said:

…. i’ll try the demo thanks :)

and i agree w/Fersis (the first) thing is getting old already….


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+ leetfoo on October 23rd, 2008 at 11:44 am said:

Awesome demo, by the way. Even though it was really short, I found myself playing it over and over.
I’m truly saddened by the fact that this game isn’t playable in 1080 (I have a 1080i TV that doesn’t do 720p… so your game would be 480p for me), as that means I won’t be picking it up. Such a sad flaw in such an otherwise great game.
Are you aware of the fact that many of the older HDTVs do not support 720p, and Sony’s lack of universal scaling means that either the devs must use the scaling sdk or many end users end up only being able to play in standard def…? Maybe next time :(


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+ Chrisrahosiris on October 23rd, 2008 at 11:47 am said:

I loved the demo and will definitely buy this game.


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+ TheHater on October 23rd, 2008 at 11:47 am said:

how come this game doesn’t support trophies? Trophies have been out since June, and that 5 months now. I was surprise that this game doesn’t support trophies :(


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+ masteratt on October 23rd, 2008 at 11:52 am said:

Loved the mix of RPG and RTS.

Thanks for giving PS3 a decent game in both genres that us fans can dig in to (finally)!

Rest assured, you have my money on launch :)


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+ Scodo_Thope on October 23rd, 2008 at 11:52 am said:

Ah demos!!

Looks cool!

:P


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+ Money1 on October 23rd, 2008 at 11:54 am said:

this game seemed interesting, it still intrigues me, don’t like the combat style, wish it were more turn based like grandia or ff7 or legend of dragoon


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+ dymlos2 on October 23rd, 2008 at 11:59 am said:

I downloaded this demo off Qore and fell in love with it. The graphics and the gameplay are fantastic. Definately a purchase.

But I am slightly agitated. I noticed a lot of events that Sony and its partners hold on the west cost that fans can attend, while we on the east cost (south east for that matter) get totaly screwed. I would have loved to get some of those CDs, art pieces, or toys.


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+ Statix on October 23rd, 2008 at 12:00 pm said:

Dear SEGA, please patch/enable 1080i/p upscaling support in Valkyria Chronicles. Many disgruntled PS3 owners in the US have slightly older-generation HDTVs that don’t support 720p, as evidenced at this Official Playstation Forum thread:

http://boardsus.playstation.com/playstation/board/message?board.id=ps3&thread.id=1543693&view=by_date_ascending&page=1

These PS3 users are very unhappy to find that Valkyria Chronicles does not support 1080p/i upscaled output. Therefore, they will NOT be able to buy or play the game (in HD). Please inform to the devs at SEGA of our implorement to enable some form of upscaled 1080p/i output for this game.

It’s really easy/trivial to enable 1080p/i upscaling in a PS3 game; all that’s required is to run the game at an unconventional resolution (e.g., 768×1080, 896×1080, 960×1080, etc), and the PS3 will automatically upscale the game to 1080p/i. For more information on the hidden Scaling hardware in the PS3, please refer to the following technical article at Beyond3D: http://www.beyond3d.com/content/articles/16/

Thank you so very much for hearing me out.

-Stat


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+ alucard2023 on October 23rd, 2008 at 12:00 pm said:

http://www.valkyrichroniclesgame.com. link not working


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+ Deathrock on October 23rd, 2008 at 12:00 pm said:

This game peaked my interest will check the demo out for shure and will proably get it also


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+ meepmoopmeep on October 23rd, 2008 at 12:02 pm said:

day 1 buy for me.
loved the demo


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+ Evildude on October 23rd, 2008 at 12:04 pm said:

the demo was quite good i might have to try the full game


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+ chip5541 on October 23rd, 2008 at 12:08 pm said:

I have been eagerly awaiting this game since I saw the original trailer. Even without gameplay this looked to be an exceptional game and after playing the demo I see I was not wrong.
Any chance of us non San Francisco residents getting in on some of teh goodies?

Either way it will be a day one purchase for me. I don’t know about anyone else but I have played teh demo many many times.


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+ 001 on October 23rd, 2008 at 12:17 pm said:

Had it preordered for a while now. Absolutely loved the demo. Can’t wait for this game.


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+ 001 on October 23rd, 2008 at 12:17 pm said:

@16

You’re right, it didn’t work for me neither.


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+ Musiol on October 23rd, 2008 at 12:18 pm said:

I played demo today.. and I’m for it! Great game :D


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+ Mana Knight on October 23rd, 2008 at 12:18 pm said:

@ TheHater, The full game came out back in April in Japan, before there were even trophies on PS3 in development kits.

The demo was awesome and I can’t wait. Please buy this game everyone because it’s definitely the greatest RPG out there on next gen consoles.


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+ darkwing_uop on October 23rd, 2008 at 12:21 pm said:

its supposed to be http://www.valkyriachroniclesgame.com

missing the a hehe


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+ GGCAN on October 23rd, 2008 at 12:25 pm said:

Thanks for the update Christopher.


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+ ftwrthtx on October 23rd, 2008 at 12:29 pm said:

Loved the demo.


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+ lakaihigh on October 23rd, 2008 at 12:36 pm said:

demos are always welcome! cannot wait to try this one out.

thank you kind sir,
Lh


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+ CHRP718 on October 23rd, 2008 at 12:36 pm said:

Will buy Day 1. Thanks SEGA.


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+ TheInfectedBy590 on October 23rd, 2008 at 12:47 pm said:

Eagerly waiting for this great game! :D
Any chance it might get a trophy patch in the future? Not that it really matters, I’m getting this game day one! :)


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+ Jeigh on October 23rd, 2008 at 12:49 pm said:

I was a huge fan of Sega back in the Genesis days, and the Dreamcast thing hit me kind of hard- glad to see you guys have found your stride again.

But… ah, what’re you guys doing to me!? I can barely afford to get one game, but in the next month I have three games on my “to buy” list! (LBP, VC, R2) I may have to simply call forward some X-mas presents early. Though this is a nice problem to have, I suppose. Thank you! :D


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+ FeaturePreacher on October 23rd, 2008 at 12:50 pm said:

If you guys can release downloadble content for this game at the end of October, then you can patch this game for trophy support. Put in trophies.


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+ Juben on October 23rd, 2008 at 12:57 pm said:

Go for downloadable content maybe extra side quest or minigames anything. Already paid for this game cant wait to pick it up from GS. Trophies has never been a direct purchasing factor for many rpgers, we are more happy to have rpgs to play than to worry about trophies. Keep up the good work.


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+ FeaturePreacher on October 23rd, 2008 at 1:07 pm said:

In this generation of consoles where 3rd party exclusivity is becoming obsolete, I have 2 questions to ask.

1. I don’t wish for the game to be ported to the 360, but I expect it to be just like so many other titles. How long will this be a ps3 exclusive?

2. If it is going to the competitor’s console, since a port to that console must have achievements, what justification is left for the ps3 version not having trophies?


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+ FritoZ on October 23rd, 2008 at 1:14 pm said:

i just read the story about this game in OPSM, looks cool!

hopefully my PS3 will be fixed soon…


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+ Ajora on October 23rd, 2008 at 1:15 pm said:

I want to thank you for answering one of my questions!!! (about Vyse and Aika)

Thank you! :D

Of all the huge games coming out, I look forward to Valkyria Chronicles the most! ^_^

I really hope the DLC released in Japan makes it to our shores. I really see why it shouldn’t?

Again thanks for everything and thanks for bringung us this wonderfull game!


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+ Seba501 on October 23rd, 2008 at 1:16 pm said:

This game needs more publicity and hipe.

I like the demo.


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+ nmc75 on October 23rd, 2008 at 1:23 pm said:

I like how the real-world Alicia shows more leg. :D


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+ Ajora on October 23rd, 2008 at 1:25 pm said:

@ Seba501

I’m afraid you’re right :( jewels like this go unnoticed and underrated. People don’t like innovative and original games these days.

Just rememeber Okami…

But I noticed this game! And I’m gonnna do everything to support it!


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+ perrandy on October 23rd, 2008 at 1:28 pm said:

this game looks good but the gameplay is just not for me. i will wait until white knight chronicles arrive to NA.

nice cosplay there btw :)


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+ SDkngsht on October 23rd, 2008 at 1:44 pm said:

tried the demo of this game btw and it looks UNBELIEVABLE! i thought the whole “moving oil painting” thing was hype but this game really is beautiful. i like artistic games.

a Sly Cooper game with these graphics would be incredible.


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+ Trieloth on October 23rd, 2008 at 1:55 pm said:

This game is great and the art work look is gorgeous. I will be buying this as soon as I can afford it!


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+ Starrynite on October 23rd, 2008 at 1:56 pm said:

Yes I cant wait to download the demo once it is available, gotta start that tonight!!!!

Ive had this game preordered for a while!!


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+ Davitr0n on October 23rd, 2008 at 2:01 pm said:

Already have this title pre-ordered. Nice that the demo is coming out to everyone on PSN and not just the Qore subscribers.


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+ Darkness57 on October 23rd, 2008 at 2:17 pm said:

@Ajora

The demo was amazing and I can’t wait to buy this game. I also totally agree on what you said about games like these. Some people just aren’t willing to try something different and perfer playing FPS’s allday.

And Okami was also one of my favortites.


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+ blkant on October 23rd, 2008 at 2:19 pm said:

pre-ordered and fully payed off, the qore demo was a guaranteed sale from what was already a strong interest. Just love it :)


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+ DJiNViNCeAbLe on October 23rd, 2008 at 2:27 pm said:

not to excited about this one


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+ FeaturePreacher on October 23rd, 2008 at 2:29 pm said:

@Anyone worried about this game not getting enough publicity.

Something that would help this title gain publicity with people who may overlook it is trophies. It would seem quite inconsistent that this game could get downloadable content while at the same time not receive a patch for trophy support. Sony really needs to put their foot down and force trophy support on all ps3 games.


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+ TRIX_BOL on October 23rd, 2008 at 2:38 pm said:

Thank you for the heads up Mr. Kaminski, and i hope we get those DLC very soon. lol


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+ agmsd on October 23rd, 2008 at 2:43 pm said:

Yap.. That’s the game to support. unlike that one year old game from Namco/Bandai…


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