Valkyria Chronicles: "Something Looms On Gallia's Horizon"
It was one of the best, and unfortunately most overlooked, titles of 2008. Valkyria Chronicles was an excellent and unique strategy/action blend that snagged the hearts of many Japanese gamers. Sadly, despite a fiercely loyal following here in North America, sales of the game weren't good in this region.
We've heard rumors of a re-release, though, now that critics around the world have weighed in and said, "you must try this game!" If that goes well, perhaps we'll see a sequel...but we probably shouldn't hold our collective breaths. Instead, let us all wonder at the possible majesty of this Twitter update, which reads simply, "Something new looms on Gallia's horizon...are you ready?" Some will immediately hope for that sequel, but it seems far more likely the mini-announcement is hinting at the arrival of downloadable content in North America. They already have DLC for Chronicles in Japan - big surprise, right? - and it features a whole new mission, a harder Skirmish mode, a new set of never-before-seen battles, and the chance to play as the invading Imperial forces. It's an awesome assortment of extra stuff that would serve to ramp up the already-impressive longevity of the game, so cross your fingers! The rumors of Trophies for VC may or may not be true; after all this time, and with relatively few fans in the U.S., such a feature might not arrive.
But we would certainly enjoy some DLC, and if Sega really is planning a sequel, that'd be even better. We still say that such crossing of fingers won't do much good (sales are sales, you know), but who says we're not allowed to have a vague hope? Either way, something awaits fans of the game, and that's good news, no matter which way you slice it.
Related Game(s): Valkyria Chronicles
3/3/2009 Ben Dutka