The fourth entry in Sega’s acclaimed strategy-RPG series Valkyria Chronicles has received a few new details in this week’s issue of Famitsu. Valkyria: Azure Revolution was announced last November alongside a remake of the original game. Since then details have been sparse with only one teaser trailer, although a demo of the game is due out around the release of the Valkyria Chronicles Remaster in Japan on February 10.
A spread in Famitsu shows, pointed out by Gematsu, shows us the first villain of the game named Maxim. There’s also details on the battle system will function in “Battle Demo Ver. 1.0″ included with the remaster. Maxim is a member of the opposing force of the Rus Empire in Azure Revolution. Here’s the new information about him and the battle system, with an image of the Famitsu piece below.
He was born in Empire territory, but was selected as a military officer by Emperor Claudius and became a young soldier. Ragnite was placed inside his body as a human experiment, so he is able to use Magic Arts of overwhelming power and is thus a Magic Arts soldier.
Battle Demo Ver. 1.0
Weekly Famitsu has details on the LeGION battle system of the “Battle Demo Ver. 1.0” of Valkyria: Azure Revolution included with first-print copies of Valkyria Chronicles Remaster.
1. Mission Start – There are two playable missions in the demo: “Morda Practice Fight” and “Morda Suppression Fight.”
2. Battlefield Movement and Long-Distance Attacks – Players control characters through direct movement. You can fire at enemy symbols and use sub-weapons for long distance attacks. During movement, you can press the Circle button to hide behind nearby sandbags and cover. You can fire with R1, or use your sub-weapon for a long-distance attack with L1 and Square. If your attack is successful, you’ll be in a better state when you get to close combat.
3. Close Combat – In close combat, you’ll attack enemies through four buttons assigned to your weapons and Magic Arts. During battle, the reactions of allies and enemies change based on specific situations and have a big influence on the battle’s development. If you surprise an enemy with a long-distance attack, or something along those lines, their reactions could change, giving you an advantage.
If a party member’s HP reaches zero in battle, he or she will be in a near-death state, and a countdown timer to death will begin. You’ll need to get to your ally and heal them before their countdown timer reaches zero for them to survive. Otherwise they’ll die. You can’t revive an ally who’s died.
The background music will seamlessly change between fields and battle. The demo might be available day and date with the release of Valkyria Chronicles Remaster on February 10.
Valkyria: Azure Revolution is due out sometime this winter in Japan exclusively on the PlayStation 4. Unfortunately a North American release has not been confirmed as of now. We managed to get a release of the first two Valkyria Chronicles in the west, but never saw a release of the third game either. Do you hope Valkyria: Azure Revolution makes its way to the west? Join the conversation down in the comments.
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