Valkyria: Azure Revolution for PS4 Getting Improved RPG Gameplay, Graphics and More: Full List Revealed

on May 26, 2016 6:42 AM

Today Sega published the full list of changes planned to the upcoming PS4 exclusive Valkyria: Azure Revolution, that is scheduled for release in japan this winter.

Inspiration for those changes was taken from the feedback provided by those who played version the first demo “Battle Trial 1.0.” We also learn that the previously announced 2.0 version of the demo is confirmed for a mid-summer release.

Below you can read the full translation of the planned changes (in bold), together with examples of the feedback that prompted each decision, which in turn give more color on what we can expect.

Battle/General

 

Removal of Encounters:

Opinions:

  • “Separating the battle in shooting and melee phases influences the tempo of the fight negatively.”
  • “The limit of the battle area is unsatisfactory. I want to fight in a much larger area.”
  • “It’s disturbing to fight in plain sight of enemies that will do nothing because they’re outside of the battle area.”

Implementation of an action gauge:

*The gauge shows when an action will become possible over time. It’ll be implemented for both allies and enemies.

Opinions:

  • “I want to be able to ponder more on the tactics.”
  • “It’s too unbalanced towards action. I want it to be more similar to a tactical RPG.”

Review of the weapon balance: 

*such as improvement of damage.

Opinions:

  • “the sniper rifle is too weak.”
  • “Guns are unsatisfactory if they can be used only at long range. I want to be able to mix melee and long range.”

Actions (such as healing and weapon attacks) changed so that it’s possible to select them while time is stopped:

Opinions:

  • “The process to throw grenades is confusing. I want you to indicate the direction of the throw before it’s done.”
  • “It’s hard to understand what each icon related to the actions does.”

Make “Emotions” (Including triggering conditions) clear and effective. Setting different stages for the changes of “Emotions:”

Opinions:

  • “I couldn’t easily understand the effect of emotions.”
  • “It’s hard to understand what kind of advantages emotions can provide.”

Strenghtening the level-up system:

*The feeling of joy in growing

Opinions:

  • “I didn’t know what improved when I leveled up.”
  • “It’s difficult to gauge the current level.”

Overhaul of the effects of attacks on the enemy:

Opinions:

  • “I want the relative merits of weapons explained.”
  • “I want to understand the details and the difference in performance of each attack.”

Improvement of camera controls:

Opinions:

  • “The camera was too close during combat.”
  • “The view point was confusing.”

Display the evaluation criteria of the battle results:

Opinions:

  • “I had no idea on how to get an S Rank.”
  • “The method of evaluation of my performance in battle was unclear.”

Overall adjustment of the game pace, and of the tempo of battle “between thinking:”

Opinions:

  • “The overall flow of battle is too fast, and it’s hard to get accustomed to it.”
  • “I don’t want an action game. I want it to be more of a strategy combat game.”

Other general adjustment to make it interesting as an RPG:

Opinions:

  • “I feel that the gameplay was too limited to an action game.”
  • “It felt in the middle, neither simulation nor action.”

Battle/Action

 

Increase the speed of movement for characters and the responsiveness to input:

Opinions:

  • “The characters were too slow.”
  • “I feel that the battle pace is off.”

Implementation of Dash:

Opinions:

  • “I want a dash action to be usable to take advantage of opportunities.”
  • “I want an action that can be used to approach or retreat quickly.”

Implementation of Guard:

Opinions:

  • “I want to be able to use a defense action.”
  • “I feel like defensive actions are insufficient.”

Change of the attack action to the standard button [Editor’s note: circle for Japan]:

Opinions:

  • “Normal attack on square makes it difficult to follow up.”
  • “I instinctively pressed circle to attack.”

Removal of special attacks on triangle button:

Opinions:

  • “The difference between special attacks and normal attacks was unclear.”
  • “It’s difficult to understand the effect of the special attack. It doesn’t feel comfortable.”

Clarification of the range of attacks:

Opinions:

  • “The range and the lock distance did not feel consistent.”
  • “The range of hand grenades and smoke grenades was difficult to understand, so i wasted ammunition.”

Clarification of stealth operation (discovered or hidden):

Opinions:

  • “It was hard to understand the visibility range and the range at which you switch to battle.”
  • “It was difficult to understand the range in which the enemy would detect you.”

Clarification of the targeting (aim) and the effective range of skills;

Opinions:

  • “It was hard to understand when it was good to use abilities like hand grenades or smoke.”
  • “I want an aiming and attack range display.”

Party and AI

 

Change the number of members of the party from three to four:

Opinions:

  • “I want tactical gameplay among party members.”
  • “I want to be able to play with many different characters.”

Ability to give simple instructions to party members/ability to choose general behavior instructions/implementation of ability to deny an action:

Opinions:

  • “It’s impossible to give instructions to AI characters and we can only act together. There’s no tactical gameplay.”
  • “I’d like to be able to give orders like “follow,” “attack all-out,” “spread out” and more.”

Improvement of companion AI:

Opinions:

  • “It’s annoying when characters do something I don’t want them to.”
  • “I get discovered because of my allies, it’s better not to have them around at times.”

Improvement of enemy AI:

Opinions:

  • “The enemies are too passive. I want to see them perform different tactical actions.”
  • “I don’t need to be careful because the enemy doesn’t act smartly. I can just move by them.”

Battle/ Map and Events

 

Implementation of traps like mines and improvement of the action on the map:

Opinions:

  • “I’d like to see tactical element on the map.”
  • “I’d like to be able to attack using features of the environment.”

Improvement of the battlefield feeling (map, effects, NPC, etc.);

Opinions:

  • “There isn’t enough durst and dirt on the stage.”
  • “I’d like to see other fiendly units on the battlefield.”

Implementation of an item box and of a supply point:

Opinions:

  • “The bullets I was given for the sniper rifle was too low.”
  • “I’d like to be able to replenish supplies on the map.”

Graphics/Audio

 

Improvement of the graphics engine “GOUACHE”:

Opinions:

  • “I expect more innovation for visuals.”

Improvement of SE (Sound Effects);

Opinions:

  • “Sound effects feel too weak.”
  • “I’s like to hear more variety for sound effects.”

Improvement of effects:

Opinions:

  • “Visibility is excessively poor when a smoke screen is active.”
  • “Magic effects are too small, and it’s hard to see if they hit the target.”

Improvement of character models:

Opinions:

  • “The model of the hero doesn’t feel cool enough.”

Options/User Interface

 

Improvement of options, improvement of button association with commands, overhaul of the battle UI:

Opinions:

  • “I’d like to set the position of the camera.”
  • “It’s hard to see the HP bar of the enemies. It’s way too small.”

Improvement of the minimap and ability to see the full strategy map:

Opinions:

  • “Since you can’t see the full map, but only the minimap, it’s hard to find the right direction.”
  • “With only a small area of the map, it’s hard to search for your target.”

Other

 

Implementation of story events:

Opinions:

  • “I didn’t understand the story and the world view.”

Implementation of over ten playable characters:

Opinions:

  • “I’d like to control a lot more characters.”

Implementation of different difficulty settings:

Opinions:

  • “It’s too hard for me. I’d like to play it at an easier difficulty.”
  • “I’d like a harder level of difficulty.”

Improvement of the squad, weapons and magic:

Opinions:

  • “I want to be able to equip a shield on a character.”
  • “I’d like a better variety of weapons.”
  • “I’d like to have magic to weaken the enemy at my disposal.”

Implementation of customization for weapons and magic:

Opinions:

  • “I’d like to customize the array of sub weapons and guns.”

Implementation of gameplay in interiors:

Opinions:

  • “I’d like map variations like the ability to enter buildings or climb ladders.”

Implementation of day/night cycle:

Opinions:

  • “I’d like to fight night battles.”

Improvement of background music switching:

Opinions:

  • “The music tracks seemed too sparse.”

Implementation of a “dandy” male character [Editor’s note: probably “dandy” is intended as an older gentleman]:

Opinions:

  • “There are no older men between the characters.”

Removal of Ophelia’s leggings:

Opinions:

  • “Those leggings…”

The development team also promised with a message to the fans to thoroughly consider the feedback in order to create a new and unique Valkyria experience, while fulfilling everyone’s expectations.

While they admit that they weren’t able to fully show them with the 1.0 demo, they’re working on the RPG aspects of the game with the objective of having them fully fleshed out for the game’s launch, and improving quality across the board.

The improvements listed above will be reflected in the “Battle Trial 2.0” demo, so fans should look forward to playing it.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.
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