Hop back in your tanks, everyone. The latest issue of Japanese game magazine Famitsu has announced the arrival of Valkyria Chronicles 3: Unrecorded Chronicles, the next installment of Sega’s critically acclaimed shooter-RPG-strategy hybrid.
And while some players have been clamoring for the franchise to make its return to consoles in 1080p, Famitsu has confirmed that, to play this latest game, you won’t need more than 2p; Valkyria Chronicles 3 is a PSP-exclusive release, just like its predecessor.
Famitsu, as reported by Andriasang, describes how the newest installment of Valkyria Chronicles will put a greater emphasis on storytelling than the previous game, swapping out Valkyria Chronicles II’s mission-based structure for a more linear design. You’ll once again roll with a brand new squad of soldiers as you take the fight across Gallia in a story that occurs concurrently with the original Valkyria Chronicles. Sega producer Shinji Motoyama reports that additional gameplay changes will be rolled into the sequel, including more advanced special abilities and new progression systems.
Valkyria Chronicles 3 will hit Japanese store shelves and tubes on January 27 of next year, just a year after the previous game launched in Japan. The game will be playable at Sega’s booth during the Tokyo Game Show this week, so we should get more concrete gameplay details in the next few days. In the meantime, who’s willing to take a bet that we’ll see the latest incarnation of Japanese-Europe hit our local PSPs sometime next fall? I will. I’ll take that bet.