Japanese Browsers Prepare for Valkyria Chronicles Duel

Japanese Browsers Prepare for Valkyria Chronicles Duel

A free-to-play Valkyria Chronicles installment will embrace the casual sphere.

Guys and girls, this is why we can't have nice things. With no disrespect intended to the major shooter franchises out there, it hardly seems fair that they can sell more copies in a day than the most creative strategy-RPG in years did in its whole run. Valkyria Chronicles 2 barely nudged its way stateside, and Valkyria Chronicles 3 this side of the Pacific? Forget about it. While Japanese fans are probably rejoicing at the announcement of Valkyria Chronicles Duel, a free-to-play, browser-based entry that retains many of the series' trademark mechanics and characters, those of us in the West are not likely to see it anytime soon.

A trailer for the game reveals that it has made a few concessions given its new platform and pricing structure, but still looks an awful lot like the three games that preceded it. Players will still recruit a squadron of soldiers of varying class and personalities to their cause, but this time, the warriors will take the form of cards. There are over 200 cards to collect in addition to building up a base camp, fighting tooth-and-nail for enemy territories, and even engaging in some fully-rendered 3D battles. It's not clear if the game will have any social aspects yet, but it will definitely have microtransactions as well as some manner of smartphone app.

Valkyria Chronicles Duel's official site will host the game once it's up and running, at which point it might be possible to sneak on from a Western server - provided you don't mind reading Japanese, of course. To be fair, there's nothing about this announcement that specifically rules out a Western release, but we, as a demographic, have already made our choice. Come to think of it, a Valkyria Chronicles first-person shooter would probably be pretty good; maybe we could have one of those?

Source: Andriasang

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cool looking game, too bad I don't know Japanese.

It may be original but it is also VERY Japanese.
And it's not THAT great a game, my dear Marshall

DVS BSTrD:
And it's not THAT great a game, my dear Marshall

I dunno, I've played a fair number of strategy/RPGs, and I think the original is about the best strategy/RPG I've ever played. Excellent story, engaging gameplay, well-developed characters, and stellar production value (especially those jaw-dropping watercolor graphics). If it's not your thing, I get that, and I actually didn't like the second one at all. That said, I'm definitely upset that the series kind of petered out in the West. I'd love to see more of it someday.

Marshall Honorof:

DVS BSTrD:
And it's not THAT great a game, my dear Marshall

I dunno, I've played a fair number of strategy/RPGs, and I think the original is about the best strategy/RPG I've ever played. Excellent story, engaging gameplay, well-developed characters, and stellar production value (especially those jaw-dropping watercolor graphics). If it's not your thing, I get that, and I actually didn't like the second one at all. That said, I'm definitely upset that the series kind of petered out in the West. I'd love to see more of it someday.

The first one was great. The art style was unique, the gameplay was challenging, it required honest tactics, and the story was real enough (minus the Valkyria) to stay seriously immersed in it.

The second was Sega double downing on all things Japan to get it to sell in Japan... because Japan. High school setting, every high school anime trope imagined, heavy grinding, one of the goofiest protagonists ever created... it just screamed JRPG sensibilities. So much so that Japan couldn't even stomach it, and it sold worse than VC1.

Sega managed to take an IP with a growing fanbase, one that sold twice as much in America than Japan, and destroy interest on both sides of the ocean with the second game. As long as any game in this series is on a handheld or on a web browser, it will never have the same style as the first.

It's rare to see such a promising IP get so mistreated and bungled by its very creators. It's shameful.

Oh no Marshall! What ever shall we lowly shooter-playing Americans do without being graced by the divine trading card browser game from the enlightened Japanese? What shall we do?

In all seriousness, it does look pretty good. They made a part 3? Hopefully it will make its way over here someday. :(

I wish Japan would stop this casual online stuff, it's bad enough that Western franchises do it, it's one step forward in cheapening a franchise (yes, I know this statement sounds a tad ironic considering how Valkyria Chronicles also got an anime).

I was never a huge fan of the Valkyria series (though I love Raita's art), sad to see it go this way.

so im the only one who ignored the plot?

I wish they would return to the ps3. Maps in Valkyria Chronicles 2 were a lot smaller and mostly copy past of like 3-4 basic types. Maps in VC1 were build for the scenario which allowed for giant enemy bossfights and overall more unique maps.

Not to forget the horrible plot of VC2. Who thought setting a wargame on a high school was a good idea?

Quiotu:

Marshall Honorof:

DVS BSTrD:
And it's not THAT great a game, my dear Marshall

I dunno, I've played a fair number of strategy/RPGs, and I think the original is about the best strategy/RPG I've ever played. Excellent story, engaging gameplay, well-developed characters, and stellar production value (especially those jaw-dropping watercolor graphics). If it's not your thing, I get that, and I actually didn't like the second one at all. That said, I'm definitely upset that the series kind of petered out in the West. I'd love to see more of it someday.

The first one was great. The art style was unique, the gameplay was challenging, it required honest tactics, and the story was real enough (minus the Valkyria) to stay seriously immersed in it.

The second was Sega double downing on all things Japan to get it to sell in Japan... because Japan. High school setting, every high school anime trope imagined, heavy grinding, one of the goofiest protagonists ever created... it just screamed JRPG sensibilities. So much so that Japan couldn't even stomach it, and it sold worse than VC1.

Sega managed to take an IP with a growing fanbase, one that sold twice as much in America than Japan, and destroy interest on both sides of the ocean with the second game. As long as any game in this series is on a handheld or on a web browser, it will never have the same style as the first.

It's rare to see such a promising IP get so mistreated and bungled by its very creators. It's shameful.

This, a hundred times this!
I loved the 1st but as soon as I saw that 2 was handheld I basicaly said 'Damn you Saga', and forgot about it. Plus I could not tell which of the new main characters were Men and which were Women.

You're complaining that call of duty sold more than a ww2 game with anime characters? You serious?

Gizmo1990:
I loved the 1st but as soon as I saw that 2 was handheld I basicaly said 'Damn you Saga', and forgot about it. Plus I could not tell which of the new main characters were Men and which were Women.

Yeah close to an hour in to VC2 I actually set down the game and spent about 10 minutes trying to find one character's gender with Google.


Still haven't made a ton of progress in it; the story to game-play ratio is kind of obnoxious which wouldn't be too much of a problem if the main character wasn't the most unlikable, loud, and generally dim-witted protagonist in any game I've ever played.

Valiard:
so im the only one who ignored the plot?

Nah, I ignored it too. Skipped every cutscene after the first few chapters. Still loved the game.

wait, if the reason why they didn't continue the games here was because they shot themselves in the foot with the offering we got and then subsequently punished us for their screw up by not trying again with a better game, the only thing forestalling my rage with that is forgetting this actually happened

which i'm sure would also hurt their sales.

itsausernamewhatofit:

Gizmo1990:
I loved the 1st but as soon as I saw that 2 was handheld I basicaly said 'Damn you Saga', and forgot about it. Plus I could not tell which of the new main characters were Men and which were Women.

Yeah close to an hour in to VC2 I actually set down the game and spent about 10 minutes trying to find one character's gender with Google.


Still haven't made a ton of progress in it; the story to game-play ratio is kind of obnoxious which wouldn't be too much of a problem if the main character wasn't the most unlikable, loud, and generally dim-witted protagonist in any game I've ever played.

Ok its killing me. Is it a man or is it a woman?

I might just learn Japanese in order to play this thing.

Valkyria Chronicles is easily one of the best games of this generation, great locations, gorgeous graphics, fresh ideas, characters you could care about. It was a nice reprieve for the times.

While I love TBS and RPGs I can't stand Japanese aesthetics and tropes.

Gizmo1990:

itsausernamewhatofit:

Gizmo1990:
I loved the 1st but as soon as I saw that 2 was handheld I basicaly said 'Damn you Saga', and forgot about it. Plus I could not tell which of the new main characters were Men and which were Women.

Yeah close to an hour in to VC2 I actually set down the game and spent about 10 minutes trying to find one character's gender with Google.


Still haven't made a ton of progress in it; the story to game-play ratio is kind of obnoxious which wouldn't be too much of a problem if the main character wasn't the most unlikable, loud, and generally dim-witted protagonist in any game I've ever played.

Ok its killing me. Is it a man or is it a woman?

You find out during the obligatory dating-sim-esque character building.

Valkyria Chronicles was one of THE finest games released, not just for the ps3, but for the current generation of console.

Valkyria Chronicles 2 was a sham. A lazily done sequel that preferred copy-pasting the same 4-5 generic maps over its ungodly number of missions, as well as ripping off the first game by taking its final two missions and shoving them into the second game with all the careful consideration Gollum showed Frodo's ring-finger, and with about as much class as a pig choosing to roll about in its own filth rather than the mud next to it. Even the ending is mostly a ripoff.
I'm not even going to touch on the painfully obvious cliches that Sega created characters around.

If I'm remembering correctly, Sega even actually said it did all this to cater to more female gamers.
The game had nothing going for it either. What good systems they added in, the tank customization and class changes, were overshadowed by the beyond-moronic design choices they made with how to progress through them. If I need steel, make it steel, don't make me try to get Steel-Z when the entire alphabet of steel is more easy to get (exaggerating on this of course).

And the 1 chance Sega had to show they were serious about making a good Valkyria Chronicles game, they just shat all over it. First by doing the apparently much-improved VC 3 yet refusing to release it to where the series needed the proof most, and now by turning it into some browser-based title. Those 3D rendered battles are nothing more than a fancy version of what you'd see in "Advanced wars" it looks like, and with how badly Sega handles its own properties, I'm expecting an over-priced, under-valued cash shop loaded with a bunch of cards far superior to others.

Gizmo1990:

itsausernamewhatofit:

Gizmo1990:
I loved the 1st but as soon as I saw that 2 was handheld I basicaly said 'Damn you Saga', and forgot about it. Plus I could not tell which of the new main characters were Men and which were Women.

Yeah close to an hour in to VC2 I actually set down the game and spent about 10 minutes trying to find one character's gender with Google.


Still haven't made a ton of progress in it; the story to game-play ratio is kind of obnoxious which wouldn't be too much of a problem if the main character wasn't the most unlikable, loud, and generally dim-witted protagonist in any game I've ever played.

Ok its killing me. Is it a man or is it a woman?

Woman but it's complicated.
http://valkyria.wikia.com/wiki/Alexis_Hilden

Yay more VC.
Wait, that looks like Farmville...
Card battles WTF. What's going on here?
I feel disoriented.

 

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