Today’s issue of Weekly Famitsu included a spread on Sega’s upcoming Strategy RPG Senjou no Valkyria 4: Eastern Front, or Valkyria Chronicles 4 as it’ll be titled in the west.
The screenshots and info we get this time around are focused on the battlecruiser Centurion, a strategic asset for the Northern Cross Plan the federation is enacting to conquer the capital of the Empire bringing the war to a sudden end.
Technically, the Centurion is a “snow cruiser” built to sail on frozen terrain, able to break the ice with its powerful hull. It’s like a giant ice-treading tank with a 230 meters-long hull.
We also meet four relevant members of the crew.
Mary Bennett (voiced by Hiroko Ushida, who voices Lu Lingqi in recent Dynasty Warriors games) is a sergeant and radio operator aboard the Centurion. She has a calm “older sister” aura and a gentle smile. She is also a hard worker who often helps with cleaning and doing chores around the ship. Her special skill is cooking.
Rufu (voiced by Shino Shimoji, who plays Pyra in Xenoblade Chronicles 2) graduated from the naval academy, she is the firing control operator on the Centurion. Like many Darcsens, she has a serious personality. Her tone is often harsh and she doesn’t have many friends, but she is in good terms with Marie.
Brian Haddock (voiced by Takuya Kirimoto, who plays Zhuge Dan in the Dynasty Warriors series) is a lieutenant and the Chief Navigator of the Centurion. He’s rather nervous and difficult to approach. He also sees the army with contempt due to his views of supremacy of the fleet, which often causes him to clash with Claude.
Roland Morgan (played by veteran Michihiro Ikemizu, who many will remember as the AWACS Oka Nieba in Ace Combat 5, but his career traces all the way to Onsen-sensei in Urusei Yatsura) is the captain of the Centurion and his rank is Captain (duh). Currently a kind and calm man, he was often known as the “Demon Captain.” He is the moral pillar of the crew and never loses his composure even during a crisis.
During battles the player will be able to use the “Ship Order” option to receive support from the Centurion. It’s very powerful, but there is a limit on the number of times it can be used in each scenario. The type and number of these options can be improved via the R&D center.
The Radar ship order is available from the start. It locates undiscovered enemies on the map, and the current position of those that have previously disappeared from sight.
The naval artillery order damages enemies within an area by bombarding them with the ship’s guns. The player can specify the area to target on the map.
Vehicle repair allows you to bring a damaged armored unit back to working conditions after it was damaged on the battlefield and forced to withdraw. Normally, you wouldn’t be able to use it during the same mission, but this ship order gives you a second chance.
Rescue unit lets you restore the HP of a single friendly soldier by using the field ambulance from the Centurion. Soldiers that have fallen and are dying can also be rescued and evacuated to the ship, preventing their permanent loss.
You can check out all the screenshots below. Keep in mind that they’re from magazine scans, so the quality isn’t perfect. If you want to see more, you can enjoy some more screenshots from this morning, two recent gameplay videos from Taipei Game Show, the first gameplay footage, a recent trailer showcasing the crossover DLC with the first game, another showing a wide range of gameplay features, the previous batch of screenshots and information, the first trailer, more screenshots, more artwork and info, and the first gallery of images.
Valkyria Chronicles 4 will be released both in North America and Europe for PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One in 2018. It will hit the shelves in Japan for PS4 on March 21st, 2018 and for Nintendo Switch later in the summer.