Perhaps the most surprising and intriguing factor of the newly announced western release of Valkyria: Azure Revolution, now renamed Valkyria Revolution, is the fact that the game is going to come for Xbox One on top of the original PS4 and PS Vita releases.
Sega followed up the announcement by sending the box art for both PS4 and Xbox One (the PS Vita version won’t have one because it’s only digital), and you can see it below alongside the original key art “clean” from the console branding.
Incidentally, the clean version comes in humongous resolution, so it’s definitely good for desktops, if you’re keen on Brunhild’s mesmerizing red eyes.
On top of the box art, we also get some official English info and bullet points:
All it takes is a single spark to start the inferno of war, and in the story of Valkyria Revolution, players will experience that firsthand. Five lifelong friends consumed by personal revenge plunge an entire continent into a terrible war, sacrificing the lives of countless innocents for a cause based on twisted half-truths and outright lies. This “Circle of Five” use their combined influence in their political and military positions to motivate their small, economically blockaded homeland to rise up and become a powerful resistance against its imperialist oppressors. Will the Circle of Five be remembered as heroic liberators, or will their selfish motives expose them as traitorous conspirators who sacrificed untold lives just to carry out a personal vendetta? Players will watch this history unfold in Valkyria Revolution and find out the truth behind the events…
Valkyria Revolution Features:
- A Brush with Death – Turning the tide of battle in Valkyria Revolution is Brunhilde, one of the last of the ancient and powerful Valkyrur, magical beings with near limitless power. She’s bound by oath to the enemy forces and players will have to figure out how to defeat her.
- Prepare for LeGION – Valkyria Revolution has a brand new battle system that mixes real-time combat and tactical strategy. Players can take control of the battlefield using brazen combos or cunning tactics and finding a balance between them is the key to excelling in skirmishes.
- The Ingenuity of War – Through adversity comes great engineering, and with a besieged homeland, players will have upgrade their existing weapons through branching customization paths.
- A New Painterly Look – Valkyria Revolution has a refined look thanks to the new Gouache rendering engine, giving the graphics a unique canvas texture.
- Classic Composer – Valkyria Revolution has a vibrant soundtrack brought to life by the incredibly talented composer Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger, Stella Glow)
If you want to see some footage of the game, albeit in Japanese, to forget the fact that Sega dropped the most striking part of the title for rather flimsy reason, you can enjoy three recent trailers, one about the five grave sinners (now renamed “circle of five” because losing concepts in localization is cool, nowadays), one about Brunhild, and one abut the formation of the anti-Valkyria unit, Vanargand.
Quirky localization aside (and Valkyria Chronicles itself didn’t exactly shine in that aspect), I can’t say I’m not excited. Valkyria Revolution will release in Q2, 2017 for PS4, Xbox One and PS Vita.