Sega sent over a friendly reminder that Valkyria Chronicles has an official release date. We’ll get a chance to pick up in English on November 11. I spoke with Christopher Kaminski, Associate Producer of Valkyria Chronicles, to find out if the downloadble content recently released in Japan would find its way to North America. He replied with, “No comment yet.” Kaminski confirmed the content will not be on the retail disc though when he answered my follow up question with, “No, that content won’t be on the disc.” Valkyria Chronicles won’t have any localization differences either. “We translated it directly. We wanted to stay true to the original. As a matter of fact we keep the original Japanese in there.”
Similar to the Fire Emblem series, your characters can permanently die in Valkyria Chronicles. “The way that works is when a character falls you have three turns to get to them and you have to get to them before an enemy unit does,” Kaminski clarified. “If you do that it calls in a medic and you can save your character and bring them out later in a couple of turns. But if you don’t then are gone forever, in the case of main story characters that will end the game.”
Despite what happened at Sony’s E3 press conference Valkyria Chronicles is a PlayStation 3, not a PSP, exclusive. However, at one time Valkyria Chronicles was being considered as an Xbox 360 game. Kaminski tells us, “We had thought about it. At one point in time we did consider putting it on the Xbox, but the change was made for many reasons as a PS3 exclusive.” What are his thoughts about a Valkyria Chronicles side story on the PSP? “Well, you know the response we got from that accidental announcement was very interesting. I’ll have to leave it as that for now.”
In case you missed it here's the E3 trailer for Valkyria Chronicles.
Images courtesy of Sega.