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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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+ SDkngsht on October 23rd, 2008 at 2:47 pm said:

ok…i see my first comment was removed and the link from around the web is gone. understandable.

but please don’t NOT support it. it doesn’t keep us from buying games it actually HELPS sell systems as another selling point. seriously. but i understand the stance that has to be taken.

duly noted. just don’t NOT support it please. thanks.


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+ chuuchuurocket on October 23rd, 2008 at 2:49 pm said:

Yap.. It’s nice to see a Japanese company doing DLC the right way, unlike some others that charge for unlocking crappy costumes and music tracks that are already on the disc.


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+ Ajora on October 23rd, 2008 at 2:57 pm said:

@ Darknees57

Thanks ^_^ I’m glad someone shares my opinion and see’s that Shooting games are taking over the world >_<

And @ FeaturePreacher
I agree with you. I’d very much like to see this game with trophies. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!
It’s a fact that people buy games for Trophies and Achivements. And it would defenetly help this game. But don’t judge games by the Trophies you can get though, play games to play games!


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+ SDkngsht on October 23rd, 2008 at 2:57 pm said:

the coolest part of the demo was how it faded from line drawings to the full color motion graphics. it added a lot to the “moving picture” type of presentation.

i would love to see a final fantasy game like this even though FF is known for great graphics. i don’t need EVERY game to look super realistic. :lol:


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+ pick-e on October 23rd, 2008 at 3:06 pm said:

Ah, it’s sun unfair not living on the west coast. Is there any chance you guys will release the game soundtrack through the PlayStation Store? Based on only what I heard in the demo, I’d buy that soundtrack in a second!


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+ Lord Raoh on October 23rd, 2008 at 3:09 pm said:

i really really really enjoyed the demo when i downloaded it from Qore.

i was actually a little sad that it ended so quickly. but that demo left a strong impression.

Valkyria Chronicles is a first day purchase for me. cant wait.


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+ dantes on October 23rd, 2008 at 3:36 pm said:

Hey this game rocks!!!. I’m stay in Lima-Peru right now and PS3 have many many fans. Great Sony.

By the way, i played the demo and i love it. The controls are easy, the graphics make’s me remember the movie Nausicaa of Hayao Miyazaki, and the history of the game are great.

But, i’m living now in Lima-Peru… i hope this game come to here…

seeya….


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+ Blue_Oni on October 23rd, 2008 at 3:48 pm said:

THIS is the kind of game i bought my PS3 for…
I don’t care if we get less RPGs than the other console.I always preferred quality over shovelware anyways.;)
Valkyria looks to be the best RPG of the current gen so far!
Congrats to Sega for this jewel!


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+ erico316 on October 23rd, 2008 at 3:52 pm said:

i loved the demo i tried it and its was great and the fact you guys are taking a chance by making it only on ps3 really was cool i definitely buy it by the end of nov.


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+ chuuchuurocket on October 23rd, 2008 at 4:00 pm said:

Found this vid posted by NeoGAF member Varshes on the Valkyria thread. Skip to 2:30 and surprise!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdZC3jqxRdE

Rapper Soulja Boy bought this game along with another Sega game during his trip to Tokyo. omgwtflol


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+ saintfighteraqua on October 23rd, 2008 at 8:18 pm said:

Keep up the good work Sega, I played the demo from Qore and loved it.
Please bring us some more quality titles!!!


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+ DJ_DTM on October 23rd, 2008 at 8:21 pm said:

cool


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+ kspraydad on October 23rd, 2008 at 8:54 pm said:

Dear Sega…

When posting here it is traditional that you stick around and actually respond to people…heck, you haven’t even fixed the link to your own game in the post!


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+ kinnonyee on October 24th, 2008 at 7:35 am said:

Hey, I was wondering if anyone can tell me if this game is going to have an original japanese language option? I know it’s outside the norm for Sega, but I’ve never understood why companies want to dub things in English even when their games are clearly designed for the anime-fan portion of the gaming community.


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+ Violater on October 24th, 2008 at 8:56 am said:

Superb game I hope it sells well.


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+ chuuchuurocket on October 24th, 2008 at 8:58 am said:

Yeah there’s a Japanese language option in the options menu in the demo. It’s greyed out since it’s only a demo. It’s confirmed that it’ll be in the full game.

And believe it or not, the majority of people that buy these games actually prefer hearing the game in english rather than reading subtitles.

Companies couldn’t include more than one language track in the past because of limited disc capacity. That seems to be changing with blu-ray technology though so they could appease both audiences. hth


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+ K on October 24th, 2008 at 11:41 am said:

Please release the DLC asap. :)


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+ wavesln on October 24th, 2008 at 11:55 am said:

Any chance for trophies?


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+ serendipiddy on October 24th, 2008 at 7:05 pm said:

I love the CANVAS engine visuals!!

Would you guys be able to put some hi-res widescreen wallpapers up on the Valkyria Chronicles website..?
All the wallpapers are 4:3 and my laptop is 16:9 at 1680×1050.. I’m sure Im not the opnly one who would like to see VC upun starting up their computer :)

Loving this demo, can’t wait for the game!!


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+ abandonnez on October 25th, 2008 at 10:26 am said:

Tried it. Hated it.


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+ souporman on October 25th, 2008 at 10:27 am said:

I’ve wanted this game since I first read about it months ago. The demo is awesome & I have been playing the hell out of it. I’m really glad to see another solid rpg coming to the ps3. Things are finally starting to come together in that area. Day 1 pick up for me.


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+ artofwar420 on October 26th, 2008 at 10:02 pm said:

This is one of the few RPGs I’m exited about, and after playing the demo I’m even more exited.


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+ tenklo on November 2nd, 2008 at 12:39 am said:

im going to love play this game i was always a fan of the stragety games but i also play alot of shooter this is a mix of both…..funny thing in the demo if u run towards on guy and zig zag u can dodge the scouts bullets lol… but i hope the will be a lot of dlc for this and maybe a map creature for are own seneros……..

p.s. brain is on overdrive for this game lol


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