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Valkyria Chronicles II – Coming to PSP Next Summer

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Hey all, and nice to meet you! I’m Aaron Webber, also known as RubyEclipse over on the SEGA Blogs, and I’m the community lead at SEGA of America for all things Valkyria Chronicles.

As of today, SEGA is proud to announce Valkyria Chronicles II – the sequel to the legendary PS3 epic – is coming to the West exclusively on the PSP! Join the battle once more in the next addition to the Valkyria franchise – created by the same team behind the original.

The year is 1937 EC.

Two years later, the ashes of the Second Europan war still glow in Gallia’s history. But even peace is a fragile happiness – and hearts that once fought side by side are not forever friends.

In the midst of this peace appears a group known as the Gallian Revolutionary Army, swearing to topple the current government – in a lightning fast coup, they arm themselves with the best of both Gallian technology and soldiers.

What was once a small but strong unified country is instantly plunged back onto the battlefield. But the day and age of the last war’s heroes is already fading out – with families to protect and children to raise, they are the ones who must now be protected. While numbers split and tensions rise, the spotlight shines to a handful of up-and-coming students at a Gallian Military Academy.

As civil war begins to rage across the country, morality and war clash with passion and ideals. But this time the distinction between blue and red is not so simple – nor will it ever be. Gallia once stood as a defiant beacon of hope against a giant empire… but can the country now defend against its own?

Valkyria Chronicles II will be arriving Summer 2010 – until then, you can follow all news Valkyria on the official Facebook and Twitter pages!

Finally, we’d like to give a special shout out to all the fans – those who put a fantastic game back into the spotlight, and continue to show their dedication and support for the series. This one goes out to all of you.

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dragonmagician said:

September 16th, 2:44 pm

Just to make it clear, it wasn’t because of lack of trophies that I didn’t buy the game. It was because I suck at strategy games, and I didn’t do too well in the demo. But I think trophies might give me the extra incentive to at least play the game for the story.

I’m thinking that the portable version will be a little easier to pick up and play.

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    Aaron Webber said:

    September 16th, 2:56 pm

    No worries, I can see where you\’re coming from – the full game has some pretty difficult moments later on, but once you play through the demo about 3-4 times, you should really start to improve. I wasn\’t even a huge strategy RPG guy before Valkyria, but I fell in love with the hybrid FPS / Strategy feel that the game uses. (And the visuals, which are always worth a mention!)

    I\’d actually suggest replaying the demo a few times, trying different strategies and learning as you go. Once things start to click, it\’ll all come together and the addicting factor will skyrocket.

Andrey-C said:

September 16th, 2:45 pm

This is absolutely great news. Since I first heard of Valkyria Chronicles II (the japanese announcement), a cloud of fear engulfed my gamer heart: I enjoyed the first one A LOT (second favorite game, coming just after MGS4), and I was really afraid it would have the same fate as some SEGA franchises that I beloved so much (Ryu Ga Gotoku, for example); the fate of not being localized. There are SO MANY japanese titles that never get released in the US, and it’s always sad. So many awesome titles!

I understand that publishers face a lot of problems with localization, mainly the appeal to western audiences. But I also believe that, day by day, the community formed by western people who love japanese titles just grows. It’s all a matter making that fanbase grow even more. If japanese publishers get afraid of releasing the titles overshore, the general interest for japanese games will slowly decrease. Risks have to be taken. (continues next post)

Andrey-C said:

September 16th, 2:46 pm

(continuing) I mean, look at Final Fantasy: it’s a J-RPG, but it’s very famous all around the world. If SE gave up the western market before FFVI, just because the other titles didn’t sell so well in the US, they would never be able to make FF what it is today: a huge international hit. Persistence is neccessary. I mean, look at Final Fantasy: it’s a J-RPG, but it’s very famous all around the world. If SE gave up the western market before FFVI, just because the other titles didn’t sell so well in the US, they would never be able to make FF what it is today: a huge international hit. Persistence is neccessary.

I’m happy for VC2, and I’m also hoping that it becomes a huge hit in the US. I’m STILL eagerly looking forward to the announcement of Ryu Ga Gotoku 3 for US audience. As much as I wanted to play Ryu Ga Gotoku Kenzan, I think it’s out of question by now… But I still have hopes about Yakuza 3. (continues next post)

KidCommando said:

September 16th, 2:47 pm

Great job on the responses Aaron!

It is so nice to read level headed replies and to get straightforward answers.

I am not much of an RPGer, but the reviews and player feedback is overwhelmingly positive for VC1 that I will definitely purchase a new copy.

Please add me to the list of people who would like a trophy patch. Honestly, if the game had trophies I would have purchased it by now. I would rather get my gaming enjoyment out of a game with trophies over one without. After all the trophy system IS like one big game anyway….so yes, I still play games for FUN! =P

again, thanks for the post and responses… it makes a difference!!

Andrey-C said:

September 16th, 2:50 pm

(continuing) Well, who knows, maybe one day I check my twitter and see something like “YAKUZA KENZAN + YAKUZA 3 Bundle. Coming to USA soon”. I would probably pinch myself to see if I’m not dreaming (right now I am lol). If SEGA at least released the JP version with english text/subtitles option (which is probably not plausible), I would totally import the game. I don’t care about dubs, all I want is to understand the menus and what is being said. A lot of people imported JP Demon’s Soul for that reason.

About the trophy issue (VC 1), well… It’s not like the game doesn’t deserve to be played for lacking them. I mean, my two favorite PS3 games (VC and MGS4) don’t have them, and I spend hours playing them. But for some people, it’s really important, and as it’s something not that difficult to implement, but boosts sales a lot, I would like very much if a trophy patch was released, because a lot of friends of mine would get the game. (continues next post, damn this is huge)

Andrey-C said:

September 16th, 2:51 pm

(continuing) I also think about an online mode at which players would be able to challenge their friends. I know, VC is all about the storytelling, but the gameplay is fun and sometimes, I play skirmishes a lot. Now imagine playing skirmishes against friends! And the best: minor to no lag issue (after all, it’s turn based, lag wouldnt be a problem). That would be very cool. Just ideas… The game the way it is (without trophies, without online multiplayer) is already THE BEST. But those additions would A) boost sales and B) expand the fanbase. With those two additions, I think SEGA would even have to release a Platinum Vers., because the ordinary retail vers. would probably outsell.

The best thing in VC is the storytelling, no doubt about it. These would be just complements. (still continues next post…)

Andrey-C said:

September 16th, 2:52 pm

(continuing) For me, the best thing about trophies is not building your level and stuff. It’s more about showing your PSN friends what kind of games I like. And it would be nice to express my love for VC with a hard-earned Platinum Trophy! I don’t even waste my time trying to get trophies for games I don’t like.

Argh, I talk too much. Hope you have the patience to read everything, Aaron (and who knows, even reply? ^^’). Keep up the good work! Looking forward to more details about VC2.

P.S.: Sorry for the broken english, I’m not a native speaker.

(finally, The End for this endless feedback text)

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    Aaron Webber said:

    September 16th, 3:00 pm

    Whew! That\’s quite a lot, but you\’re passionate about the subject and I can totally connect there.

    I\’ll take the feedback with me and will bring a couple of the points up in a future meeting. Finally, no worries about reading/replying: if you\’ve got the dedication to write all that out, the least I can do is reply and say hello. :)

Protohype said:

September 16th, 2:56 pm

VC is one of my favorite titles. Trophy or no trophy, it’s fun as it is and earning those medals are fine enough for me.. But, would you guys consider a patch for trophies if the winter release of the remaining DLC in America met your *ahem* quota (allegedly)?

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    Aaron Webber said:

    September 16th, 3:03 pm

    The more Valkyria (and DLC) sells, the easier it is for me to push that trophies are a much-needed addition to the game. At the same time, I personally think it can also be said that trophies themselves can boost game sales single-handedly.

HaVoK_ said:

September 16th, 2:57 pm

VC was an awesome game, anyone who hasn’t played the game really should. VC for the PSP is great and all but i really would have loved to have VC2 on the ps3.

Protohype said:

September 16th, 2:57 pm

Pre-ordering VC 2 too. Yay!

crowsticky1234 said:

September 16th, 3:04 pm

I saw 2 short gameplays of the game and the mechanics are great but I saw something that’s unusual when you shoot somebody. Is that the final or the development?

asop89 said:

September 16th, 3:09 pm

I just read your reply on the Yakuza 3 news, & I’m really glad that there is still hope of the game coming to us, Mr. Webber today you’ve done a really good job of posting this news & constantly replying to the people about what you think & what’s going on at Sega.

thearcticsea said:

September 16th, 3:24 pm

Fantastic game. Truly a PS3 top 3 game.

I’ll definitely be getting this on PSP, and I look forward to a long-running innovative series on multi-platforms. (PSP and PS3/4)

: D

Rogueagent01 said:

September 16th, 3:26 pm

I’m very happy to see a second installment. My only issue is it being for the PSP. Don’t get me wrong I own one however I just can’t bring myself to play it. Handheld gaming is just too uncomfortable, granted maybe it’s that way because I’m 30. I just hope the third installment (crosses fingers) comes back to the PS3.

Also along with many others I would like to see trophies patched into VC1, it couldn’t hurt. Like someone else said I use the trophies function to find like minded gamers not to compete. And as it stands now your not going to find anyone who likes this game by looking through their trophies.

thearcticsea said:

September 16th, 3:28 pm

I also want to add my name to the growing list of people begging for a Western release of Yakuza 3.

I honestly feel like this game could be huge here, just based on how rich the narrative and environments are.

Videogames are meant to transport you to another world and Yakuza 3 just looks like it has so much to offer.

The PS3 has a loyal and large fanbase that go after exclusives like this with vehemence. I think the PS2 games in the Yakuza series were lost on the masses due to a lack of advertising. If SEGA really got behind Yakuza 3 in the west it would be huge.

Just release it with a different name so that people aren’t put off by the “3”. Just call it The Dragon of Tokyo.

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Callahan09 said:

September 16th, 3:34 pm

Hi, Aaron, just thought I’d take a moment to add to the number of people asking for Trophies in the original Valkyria Chronicles. It’s a brilliant, beautiful, very fun game, and trophies would entice a lot of people who ignored it to go out and pick it up. A good game combined with trophies goes a lot farther than a good game without trophies!

Callahan09 said:

September 16th, 3:34 pm

And while I’m at it, let me just say that Yakuza 3 is a wonderful game. I imported it, and I absolutely love it. Stop sitting on your laurels and bring the rest of the series to the United States! I understand you were disappointed with the sales of Yakuza 2, but that game came out for the PS2 right in the thick of the new generation, with open-world games like GTA IV coming out. People aren’t clamoring for PS2 exclusives the way they are for PS3 exclusives, and nobody was clamoring for Yakuza 2 the way we all are for Yakuza 3. The only PS2 exclusives that have been successful in the past couple of years are the ones that got insanely high reviews like the Persona games, while a game that’s merely “well-received” like Yakuza 2 just didn’t cut it with the customers I guess.

It’s a shame, but I honestly don’t think that Y2’s sales would be indicative of Yakuza 3’s sales if you were to localize it. People want that game, it got amazing reviews in Japan and it’s a PS3 exclusive right in the upswing of the PS3 generation, so it wouldn’t get ignored. It would probably perform better than Valkyria Chronicles in the West, if my predictions are at all reasonable.


Callahan09 said:

September 16th, 3:35 pm

Anyway, thank about it! We really want it in English, it’s too good to keep millions of people from having the opportunity to enjoy over a silly thing like a language barrier. The game and series are just too epic to be relegated to “Japan only” status.

xero93 said:

September 16th, 3:42 pm

Awesome to hear! VC1 was a must-own for all PS3 owners!

Small question- Can we expect VC1 characters to make an appearance, as a major supporting character, to just a cameo? Or is it too soon for you to say? lol

Man, I hope Largo and Marina are at least mentioned, those two were my favourites.

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    Aaron Webber said:

    September 16th, 4:02 pm

    It\’s too soon to say for now, but it\’s something I\’ll also be talking with the developers about next week in Japan. A lot can happen in two years, but I would love to see some cameo appearances from the characters of the first game.

Mobius_124 said:

September 16th, 3:48 pm

oh, a Sega guy is speaking at the Blog!

hey, will we ever get to see Yakuza 3 here in the West? i seriously want to play that game.

Xoonaka said:

September 16th, 3:48 pm

Gotta say I loved VC1, but I found the DLC kind of a rip off. Hope you guys have a bit more content involved in the next batch… they were all just so short to be $5 each… but who am I kidding, I’ll buy the new stuff anyway.

Looking forward to the PSP game though. One day I hope there’s a PS3/PSP game where you can play it on the PS3 at home, and take it with you on the PSP on the go…. I could see doing a few missions on the PSP for sure, and since you can rewatch all the cinemas and replay all the story missions, I could always go back if there was something I considered MUST SEE IN HD.

Anyway, sorry for the long post, keep the VC coming!

PS – If we do get trophies, don’t make me delete my poor save data!!

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    Aaron Webber said:

    September 16th, 4:31 pm

    Did you play the Selvaria DLC, and explore all the sub-paths / rankings to unlock the bonus mission? I thought that one was well worth $5, and probably more – the hidden mission is also a blast to play.

    Hard Mode EX is also pretty big as it changes each skirmish mission – it\’s far more than just the lack of a tank. You can also pick up weapons that you can then use again in battles, similar to the unlockable weapon in Selvaria\’s DLC.

    Cool idea with the PS3/PSP stuff – I don\’t know how feasible it is currently, but all ideas have to start somewhere!

Ajora said:

September 16th, 3:49 pm

I just want to thank you for bringing us these wonderfull news. And I want to thank Sega for bringing me the most wonderfull game called Valkyria Chronicles.
It was a dream game for me, it had everything. Even characters form Skies of Arcadia which is also one of my favorite games.
I know it might be hard to belive but to show my support I bought two copies of VC when it came out…knowing it would mostly go unnoticed, I tried to do my part.

Trophies would be a nice fan service but I’m more for seeing more DLC and new VC games!

“Squad 7, move out!”

jimmyfoxhound said:

September 16th, 3:53 pm

^ oh man, I did the same thing! I own two copies of VC too! haha. Man, I love that game….

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An4564 said:

September 16th, 4:06 pm

this is excellent i can’t wait for the game
but i only question i have is y the psp and not the ps3?

Watchmann said:

September 16th, 4:17 pm

Thanks for your efforts Aaron, in trying to push for Trophies for such a great game. I came away very impressed with the demo, and finally picked up the game after finding it for $40 CAN.

If you’re looking at taking feedback to the powers that be to prop up our collective trophy argument, then I think you’ll find the community quite responsive (that, and many of us are trophy hunters, but I digress). In leading up to the last DLC for VC, trophies could be part of an effective marketing plan (A VC dynamic theme couldn’t hurt either ;). Most trophy patches seem to get a short article on many of the prominent gaming sites. I’m pretty sure marketing types giggle at the thought of free advertising … why Aaron … is that you I hear??

clupula668 said:

September 16th, 4:20 pm

Valkyria is the best game of this generation, period. Worth buying a PS3 for. I have talked it up, every chance I’ve gotten. It had that old school Sega feel, while staying modern.

Now, as for trophies, I enjoyed the game plenty without them, as I’ve been playing games since Colecovision. HOWEVER, adding them would be great. You don’t have anyone complaining that it doesn’t have them anymore. Sales go up from the news about the game, and people who have beaten it have a reason to do so again.

So, count me among the “yay” votes for trophies. It’d be an awesome way to hype up the Edy DLC.

Now, if we could only get Yakuza 3 or a Saturn Collection (not to mention a PS3 version of VC2), my life would be complete.

gamerboy845 said:

September 16th, 4:22 pm

why is this not on ps3?

jimmyfoxhound said:

September 16th, 4:50 pm

oh gosh, a Valkyria Chronicles dynamic theme??? That would be the coolest thing ever!

TwinDad said:

September 16th, 4:54 pm

Aaron thank you, and SEGA for spending time on the blog. Skies of Arcadia is also my top RPG of all time (tied with Phantasy Star II). Valkyria Chronicles is my #1 PS3 game. In the 10 year life span of the PS3 I don’t think a it will be possible to top it for best game. Well unless VC 3 is coming out :)

I know the SOA dreams are dead, but maybe you could try anyways. My best gaming moments are all SEGA. Toe Jam and Earl, Shadowrun, VC, Sonic, Phantasy Star. Keep the games coming and I will be there for some of the best gaming fun ever.

Sigmakan said:

September 16th, 4:58 pm

Aaron I’d like to commend you for great use of the blog. Developer-fan interaction is what really separates the awesome devs from the ok devs. Thanks again!

Hsanrb said:

September 16th, 5:13 pm

After the big distraction I like to call… Puyo P… I mean Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine off the Sonic Ultimate Genesis Collection playing till my head explodes beating on the hardest difficulty with 1 continue at least ten times now (who cares about Yatta when you have the skill to beat without continuing.) I went back, beat Phantasy Star II… and now can fulfill my promise to actually play this game without distraction :)

So glad trophies never got implemented… they have changed gaming for the worse (my opinion, and I’m sticking to it) and wish Sony would give us the option to disable so I can enjoy games without hinting at it. Another sequel I’m going to have to pick up…

PS: The other is Soldner-X 2… WHERE WAS THE MENTION OFF THE PRESS RELEASE??? That game on impossible made me feel good about my gaming skills regardless if trophies were attached… I’d just have spent more time single crediting the game. I <3 great games, and I <3 challenges…

mops_beyond said:

September 16th, 5:35 pm

I don’t know if I just sucked or what but towards the end of Valkyria Chronicles I found that game to be soooo hard. I loved it nonetheless and will almost certainly pick this up, digging the avalanche of PSP love

Ludwig-Beethoven said:

September 16th, 5:35 pm

This announcement just made my day. Count me up for a first-day purchaser.

On another subject, the lack of advertisements for the original Valkyria Chronicles was rather worrisome. I only found out about it from the game videos and demo on the Playstation Store. With the franchise successful enough to warrant a sequel, are there any plans for a marketing campaign? Anything from preorder bonuses to Playstation Home spaces/items or such?

PirateThom said:

September 16th, 5:37 pm

I’ll just throw out another hand for trophies.

However, I bought the game without trophies and would recommend everyone else do the same.

Not only is the gameplay superb, the art style is what won me over in the end. It’s pretty to look at… I hope it’s not the last of CANVAS on PS3, but I wouldn’t be too bothered if it was, because, damn, what a fantastic use!


September 16th, 5:38 pm

Great news! I love VC, it’s my favorite game on the PS3 (by far). Also – (off topic a bit, but hey… it’s SEGA!) happy 10 years to the Dreamcast! 9/9/99 was the greatest day of gaming I ever had.

Also just wanted to throw this out – Sega fans want Yakuza 3 in English! Make it happen! I will be forced to import it and use a translation guide if you guys don’t announce it soon!

SpecDotSign said:

September 16th, 5:44 pm

I’m so happy SEGA decided to continue supporting this franchise, even if it’s on PSP. Valkyria Chronicles was my game of the year in ’08 (yes, I picked it over MGS4). I hope SEGA doesn’t screw this one up (marketing wise) *cough* Yakuza *cough*. I’m definitely going to purchase this when it comes out. Strategy RPG’s ftw!

Shadowchasers said:

September 16th, 6:12 pm

Okay, I didn’t even *know* about the ‘hidden content’ in the DLC missions. I tried the one Edy’s mission, and was generally put off by the whole thing (it felt like there was only one ‘Right’ way to do anything) that I never tried the Selvaria Mission. Now I’m thinking I should give ’em another shot.

Sorry if my earlier post sounded too negative, I was frustrated by the post limit here. I’d just lost a huge post where I’d made my points, but done so in a more flattering manner!

I would >LOVE< to get Yakuza 3 over here. Localization? Give me localized text, and launch! I'm usually one to listen to the Japanese track anyway, and with a game set on the mean streets of Japan… what's the point of a dub? :) Seriously, though, it deserves to be brought over. Please! And more content for VC1, please! Specially if I can use my hard-won levels and weapons in it.

tsukasa1288 said:

September 16th, 6:23 pm

Nice to see we got someone who is so active with replys talking here.

Thinking along the lines of power in numbers, I’ll throw my feedback out to Sega.

Great job with VC, I loved the game, but I honestly feel that an addition of Trophy Support would cause a large enough boost in sales to justify its cost.

Glad to see the continued support of VC with its sequal but I would have been even more happy if it was announced for the PS3.

Please localize Yakuza 3. With a little bit of marketing, a game like this would sell great. Out of all my friends who own a PS3, every single one of us want to buy the game. Don’t even both with English voice overs either, they will just ruin the atmosphere of the game.

On the topic of Japanese games, you guys should also release Hatsune Miku: Project Diva for the PSP in the States. Hell, the game even has Valkyria Chronicles outfits in it. Have it be some kinda promotional tie with the new VC for the PSP.

Lastly, I feel that somewhere along the line Sega never got the memo that there new Sonic games suck.

laivindil said:

September 16th, 6:45 pm

Just throwing my hat into the ring, Got VC recently and love it. Was looking for it on a shelf for a while. Heard all the great stuff but waited until I beat MGS4 and a few other games I had.

I don’t have a PSP which is the biggest disapointment about VC2 going to PSP. But there are a lot of games on it, I might just get that Go.

I’m taking it one of those features you can uncover yet could be turn based multiplayer?
I dunno how many of you guys are PC gamers, but I played a lot of turn based wargames in my day and we got PBEM (play by email), or if your Iphone gamers there is Uniwar. Where you take your turn and send the info off to the other player and they have 24 hours to do their turn.

If VC2 gets this (and im banking it will) it will really push me to get a PSP

Armstrong said:

September 16th, 6:53 pm

I’m a new owner of VC. I played it awhile back and loved it, so I was happy to buy it and support the dev/publisher and really dig in and enjoy everything it has to offer. It’s a real gem of a game. Revolutionary in some ways. Props to the guys who worked on it.

Trophies would definitely be a nice addition to a great game!

ClassicMoments said:

September 16th, 7:10 pm

Though it’s a very exciting news, I really was hoping for the PS3 comeback. It’s one game that I’m never selling and recommending it to everyone, and now PS3 is getting much more response from the gamers, you guys should really consider a PS3 sequel as well.

Dargor_BIGBOSS said:

September 16th, 7:13 pm

SEGA WE NEED YAKUZA 3!!!!!!!!!!!

DNAgent said:

September 16th, 7:18 pm

How about Yakuza 1 & 2 remastered? I ask this because in the backwards compatibility for Yakuza 1 there is a part where you can’t progress after a certain point in the game (on a 80GB). The backwards compatibility list says that it has been fixed in an update but it hasn’t. The part where it freezes is during the fight screen during the nightclub part where someone (trying to not spoil it) gets shot.

Like my other requests this one will also probably be ignored. :/

JFLY8888 said:

September 16th, 7:28 pm

On behalf of everyone… WE WANT TROPHIES FOR VC

ACDarkKnight said:

September 16th, 7:33 pm

This is quite possibly my most anticipated PSP title of all time. Any of my fellow PS3 owners who have not played this outstanding games big brother need to go find a copy NOW!!! I am just about as excited for VCII as I am for the new Final Fantasy. I had lost faith in sega there for a while and this has proven to be one of the best PS3 games EVER!! I really hope this does well so we can see the series in glorious HD on the PS3.
PS Welkin RULES!!!!

SteveO1683 said:

September 16th, 7:40 pm

I will go ahead and throw my hat into the ring and request trophies to add a +1 to your list. =D

Thanks for responding to all the questions. It is always nice to see active developer/publishers response to fans questions.

outcelgeist said:

September 16th, 7:41 pm

I’m more excited about VCII than I am FFXIII.

Anzo42 said:

September 16th, 7:55 pm

Glad to see that you are passionate about the game Aaron (great name btw!) and that the trophy pleas are not falling on deaf ears.

With that out of the way, please send a hearty “thank you” from myself to the team for making a fantastic game. This is honestly one of the best games I have played on any system ever. That is not an exaggeration.

And now the wait for VC2 begins…

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