Over the past few days, the official Valkyria Chronicles Twitter account has been sharing some brand new screenshots of Valkyria: Azure Revolution and some more information.
We learn that the PS Vita version won’t look the same as the PS4 version of the game, including the visualization of color, because it does not use the GOUACHE engine. On the other hand, it supports cross-save with PS4, and there are no gameplay differences. No footage of the PS Vita version has been showcased for now.
On top of that, it’s also possible to choose between “easy” and “normal” difficulty. This adjust the strength of the enemy, but does not change anything in terms of story. The setting can be change at any time even after starting the campaign.
Interestingly, no harder difficulty setting was mentioned, but it’s possible that it’ll be unlockable after clearing the game (this is just my speculation, though).
On top of that, character designer Hiro Kiyohara has been sharing on his own Twitter account some really fantastic sketches of the characters of the game, including Amleth, Ophelia, Suleyman, Basil, Fleat, Violet, Godot and Miranda.
Kyohara-sensei’s style is certainly different from that of Valkyria Chronicles Character Designer Raita Honjo. Honjo-sensei has his artistic root in the dojinshi culture, and his design (that style wasn’t translated as-is in the original game) certainly reflects that.
Kyohara-sensei is a mangaka that often draws mystery, horror and slice-of-life works for a grown-up audience, with a style that almost borders on the shojo. It’s certainly not the same, but it’s definitely growing on me, especially considering that this time around, the character designer’s drawing style is being reproduced rather faithfully into the game’s models.
You can check out the images below, and judge for yourself.
You can also find a recent trailer here and another here, showing the foundation of Amleth’s anti-valkyria unit Vanargand, and the Valkyria herself, Brunhild. An extensive chunk of gameplay was also recently livestreamed by Sega.
Valkyria: Azure Revolution will be released in Japan on January 19th for PS4 and PS Vita, while no western release has been announced just yet.