Sega announced plans to revive its cult classic Valkyria Chronicles series this week, revealing that a remake and sequel will launch for the PlayStation 4 in Japan in 2016.
The upcoming sequel will be the first new entry in the series since 2011’s Senjou no Valkyria 3 for the PlayStation Portable.
Japanese publication Famitsu reports that a remake of the original Valkyria Chronicles will arrive for the PlayStation 4 on February 10th, 2016. Valkyria Chronicles Remaster will feature high-resolution graphics and trophy support, and will include DLC featured in the original release.
Initially released for the PlayStation 3 in 2008, Valkyria Chronicles combined third-person shooter gameplay with tactical elements, allowing players to move and position a battalion of troops across enemy-occupied battlefields. The game also featured a strong narrative element, linking its gameplay to a setting loosely based on the real-world events leading up to World War II.
A PlayStation Portable-exclusive sequel, Valkyria Chronicles II, launched in North America in 2010. The third entry in the series was never localized for a stateside release. Sega later ported the original Valkyria Chronicles to Windows PCs, releasing a graphically enhanced version via Steam in 2014.
The new entry in the Valkyria Chronicles series, Valkyria: Azure Revolution, will hit retail in Japan in the winter of 2016, Sega told Famitsu this week. The sequel will retain the series’ distinctive painterly graphics style, and will feature a “real-time battle system with added simulation elements,” according to a translation available at Gematsu.
Azure Revolution is developed by Media Vision, creator of Square Enix’s mobile RPG franchise Chaos Rings and the Wild Arms series for PlayStation platforms. The studio previously partnered with Sega in developing games like Senjou no Valkyria 3, Shining Resonance, and Shining Ark.
Sega has not announced plans to release Valkyria Chronicles Remaster or Valkyria: Azure Revolution in North America.