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Valkyria Chronicles 4 returns the series to its tactical roots in 2018

More watercolor warfare comes to consoles

Sega revealed that Valkyria Chronicles 4 is in the works as part of a special presentation tonight. The game will launch sometime next year on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well as Nintendo Switch — bringing the tactics-based role-playing game franchise to a Nintendo console for the first time.

A lengthy story trailer attached to the Valkyria Project video update shows a familiar art style and setting. Valkyria Chronicles 4 takes place during the “Second Europan War,” an event that takes place in its unique version of the 1930s. Players will assume the roles of Federation soldiers on the frontlines, ready to defeat the Imperial army. Threats extend beyond other forces, though; there’s also a legendary snowfall that complicates things.

The cinematics overall suggest that Valkyria Chronicles 4 is more in line with the other numbered entries than this year’s Valkyria Revolution. The spinoff took the iconic series aesthetic and combined it with a unique brand of action gameplay that failed to win over most fans, based on reviews.

But Valkyria Chronicles 4 goes back to the series’ roots, and with it comes the turn-based, strategy-style battle system. Ahead of the trailer, the development team talked a bit about the design process, featuring documents and a very early look at what to expect. Based off concept art shown throughout the segment, it sure looks like the game is geared toward action-strategy RPG fans once more.

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