Who says reviews don't matter? Only the naive. When Valkyria Chronicles came out, it got beaten down by the other blockbusters of the 2008 holiday season, but with enough critical acclaim and good word of mouth (plus the benefit of a re-release in April), the excellent strategy/RPG has really made its mark.
As noted by Sega's official blog , sales of Chronicles shot into the stratosphere in April; rising 400% in comparison to March. They now say the game is in "tens of thousands of brand new homes," and let's not forget about the added incentive of all that downloadable content. Clearly, this type of surge isn't typical of a less-than-popular title five months after its launch, so perhaps Sega will bring us the sequel, which is rumored to be in development. And they've got a message for those of you who have continued to praise VC since its release:
"Squad Seven, you’ve done us proud. You’ve given attention to a game that truly deserved it, and – against all odds – helped Valkyria rise again. Thank you – all of you. Whether you’re the person constantly posting about the game on your favorite fan forum, the entrant who created Valkyria media for a contest, or the guy/gal who heard good things and decided to finally pick up a copy in the store. It’s thanks to you that this victory has happened, and as long as you guys are out there promoting the game wholeheartedly, SEGA will be right there behind you."
Yep, you done good, VC fans! We've done our part so now it's Sega's job to work on Valkyria Chronicles 2 and, most importantly for those in this region, deliver it to North America. As soon as we hear any information about this, we'll be sure to let you know about it.
Related Game(s): Valkyria Chronicles