Valkyria: Azure Revolution Game's Teaser Video Reveals Winter 2016 Release

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Story, character designs revealed; "Battle demo" to be bundled with Valkyria Chronicles Remaster in February

Sega began streaming a teaser video on Friday for its Valkyria: Azure Revolution (Aoki Kakumei no Valkyria) role-playing game for the PlayStation 4. The video reveals that the game will ship in Japan in winter 2016. The video describes the game as a "death-opposing RPG."

The end of the video also reveals that the Valkyria Chronicles Remaster PS4 game will ship on February 10 and first edition copies will come with a limited product code for a "Battle demo version 1.0" for Valkyria: Azure Revolution.

The game's official website has also revealed more details about the characters and story, as well as a key visual (pictured above). Toshiaki Takayama (NeverDead packaging design, Kaijudi - Rise of the Duel Masters, Rage of Bahamut card illustrations) is in charge of the character designs.

The website describes the story:

From the plentiful Ragnite came the "magical art," and it brought the people many blessings. From the people, there were a select few who saw Ragnite's industrial potential, and started heavy magical industries to exploit it, and make it available to everyone. So began the "Azure Revolution," a great industrial revolution that changed the world.

The Azure Revolution transformed industry and society itself, with the Ragnite resource marking a turning point in history, and changing the face of warfare as well. The age of monarchy had begun.

In 1853, a hundred years after the beginning of the Azure Revolution, the small southern European nation of Jutland launched an assault against a base of the Rus Empire, one of the world's great powers. In accordance to its principles, the Rus Empire retaliated with an economic blockade and embargo, and in time Jutland was impoverished. Jutland proclaimed "independence and liberation from the colonialism of the great powers" and declared war on the Rus Empire, who employed a Valkyria in its ranks.

The young men and women who participated in what would later be called the "Miraculous War of Liberation" will be judged to be the greatest criminals in history. This is a war of liberation that hides a motive of personal revenge.

Amleth, the game's protagonist, and the commanding officer of the Jutland Kingdom's Anti-Valkyria Unit.

Ophelia, the game's heroine, and the princess of the Jutland Kingdom able to use magic arts through song.

Brunhild, a Valkyria called "The Reaper" who serves the Empire under the terms of the "Ring" contract.

The game's graphics engine will use the "GOUACHE" shader to portray fine details and color in the game's graphics to make the game resemble a painting. The previous Valkyria Chronicles games used the "CANVAS" engine to achieve a similarly unique "pencil-drawing" effect. The game will also feature a new "LeGION" combat system that will resemble traditional RPGs, but will also portray battles by massive armies.

The original Valkyria Chronicles games are set in a fictional reimagining of 1930s Europe. In the first game, the Empire invades the neutral nation of Gallia to claim its resources. The game focuses on the soldiers of Squad 7, a platoon in the Gallian conscript Militia, who fight back the invading Empire. The second and third games in the series focus on different Gallian military units.

Sega released the first Valkyria Chronicles game on the PlayStation 3 in Japan, Europe, and North America in 2008, and released Valkyria Chronicles II on the PlayStation Portable in 2010. Sega also released Valkyria Chronicles III on the PSP in 2011, but did not release it in the West. Sega released Valkyria Chronicles on the PC in November 2014.

The first game in the series inspired a 26-episode television anime series by A-1 Pictures in 2009. The third game inspired a 2-episode original video animation in 2011.

Sources: Inside Games, Gamer

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