Valkyria Chronicles 4 is not the only game in the franchise coming in September. In addition to the new entry in the strategy-RPG franchise, the original Valkyria Chronicles is being re-released on the Nintendo Switch this month. Owners of Valkyria Chronicles 4 on the Switch will get a 25% discount on purchasing the original game on the platform.
Originally released in 2009 for the PS3, Valkyria Chronicles gained a passionate fanbase for its mix of strategic gameplay and third-person shooting. The rich watercolour art style with anime aesthetics was also an acclaimed aspect of the game. It has since been remastered on PS4 and PC, before making its way to the Switch. The series also had two sequels on the PSP, the latter of which wasn’t officially localised in English. Hopefully Valkyria Chronicles 4 rekindles enough interest in the franchise to see modern ports of those titles as well.
Notably, Sega have stated that Valkyria Chronicles on the Switch isn’t the same as the Steam and PS4 remasters. Whilst it is likely that the Switch port will contain all the extra content that those ports were bundled with, this likely means that it won’t run at 1080p and 60fps. Given the less powerful system, this is forgivable if it will allow us to play it on the go.
A playable demo released for Valkyria Chronicles 4 in early August containing the first three chapters of the game. The new title appears to be taking a lot of inspiration from the first game, including returning to the same time period and the book layout for the main menu. However, despite the number in the title, Valkyria Chronicles 4 follows a new set of protagonists, and would be a good starting point for anyone new to the franchise.
Valkyria Chronicles’ Switch port will release September 15, whilst Valkyria Chronicles 4 will release September 25.