It was one of the best, and unfortunately most overlooked, titles of 2008. Valkyria Chronicles was an excellent and unique strategy/action blend that snagged the hearts of many Japanese gamers. Sadly, despite a fiercely loyal following here in North America, sales of the game weren't good in this region.
We've heard rumors of a re-release, though, now that critics around the world have weighed in and said, "you must try this game!" If that goes well, perhaps we'll see a sequel…but we probably shouldn't hold our collective breaths. Instead, let us all wonder at the possible majesty of this Twitter update , which reads simply, "Something new looms on Gallia's horizon…are you ready?" Some will immediately hope for that sequel, but it seems far more likely the mini-announcement is hinting at the arrival of downloadable content in North America. They already have DLC for Chronicles in Japan – big surprise, right? – and it features a whole new mission, a harder Skirmish mode, a new set of never-before-seen battles, and the chance to play as the invading Imperial forces. It's an awesome assortment of extra stuff that would serve to ramp up the already-impressive longevity of the game, so cross your fingers! The rumors of Trophies for VC may or may not be true; after all this time, and with relatively few fans in the U.S., such a feature might not arrive.
But we would certainly enjoy some DLC, and if Sega really is planning a sequel, that'd be even better . We still say that such crossing of fingers won't do much good (sales are sales, you know), but who says we're not allowed to have a vague hope? Either way, something awaits fans of the game, and that's good news, no matter which way you slice it.
Related Game(s): Valkyria Chronicles