.Released nearly a decade ago, Valkyria Chronicles was one of the most popular strategy games Sega ever developed, with over 500,000 downloads for the PS3 in 2015.
It’s hard to design a fitting sequel to a game that not only won awards but also spawned its own anime and manga following.
If you’re unfamiliar with Valkyria Chronicles, the original game blended top-down strategy and third-person warfare as you led rookie officer Welkin Gunther and his squad on a World War II-like mission on a fantasy continent.
It could have been the pressure of developing a follow-up that did the original justice, or Sega putting so much of their effort into PC gaming, but the publisher decided to release Valkyria Chronicles II on the PlayStation Portable in 2010 and the third installment never made it to English and stuck to its Japanese PSP roots the following year.
Earlier this year, Sega’s Valkyria Revolution hit PS4 and Vita, but not with the fanfare of returning to console the designers had anticipated.
Luckily, Valkyria Chronicles 4 will not only go back to its strategy roots, but it will also be available in North America.