The original Valkyria Chronicles managed to garner many fans worldwide, and while some were a little disappointed that the recently announced sequel would be exclusive to the PSP, Sega has stuck to their guns and explained that decision time and time again.
They do so again during a Q&A over at the PlayStation Blog , and they answer a few other pressing fan questions, too. There is also the multiplayer confirmation that is bound to intrigue fans of the first Chronicles but in response to the common question, "What made you decide to develop the official sequel for Valkyria Chronicles on the PSP?" the reply was interesting. The reason actually centered on the Canvas graphics system and the BLiTZ combat system; the team wanted to update these features for the sequel – most specifically, the battle system – and add in co-op play and wireless play, so they figured the PSP was "the perfect platform to take advantage of that." In regards to whether or not the series will return to the PS3, this was the answer:
"We’re still developing Valkyria Chronicles 2 so, to be honest, we’re not really thinking about Valkyria Chronicles 3, 4 or 5 at this point. Just in terms of how our team develops titles and our way of thinking when we choose the platform for each of our titles, it’s not necessarily “let’s make a PS3 game!”. It’s more a case of “what kind of game do we want to make?”. For example, the first Valkyria was on the PS3 because of all the features we wanted to incorporate into the game and we felt the PS3 was the most suitable platform, so that’s how we develop games in our team. So potentially Valkyria Chronicles 3, or another title that we work on next might be on the PS3, it might still be on the PSP, we don’t know at this point.
Because we’ve already got experience of working on the PS3 and now we’re developing another game on the PSP, that just adds to our level of experience and understanding of these platforms and will definitely help us in determining what is the best platform for the next game that we make."
In all honesty, I'm a little miffed that VC2 will only be on the PSP but the bottom line is that developers and publishers don't do things arbitrarily (contrary to popular ignorant opinion). They have their reasons, even if you don't agree with them.
Related Game(s): Valkyria Chronicles 2