However, there is already a major upset – the game is for PSP, not the PS3 as with the original, making it worthless.
As if this were not bad enough, the game switches pace from stirring martial drama to hackneyed school RPG. The graphical style also looks to have taken on a more shoujo-esque tone than the original, perhaps indicating this title is looking to target the female demographic.
The story itself takes place a few years after the original, with the academy students forced to tackle a rebellion in the south of Gallia.
Valkyria Chronicles 2 is set for a winter release. The site is at valkyria2.jp, with the major update due in a few days.
How a PSP school spin off justifies being called a full sequel to what still ranks as one of the most original titles on the PS3 is thus explained: “It’s for a handheld but we don’t want users to think the quality will be reduced.”
Possibly they would have done better to stick to calling it a gaiden rather than inciting fans expecting a full PS3 blockbuster, as already a negative reaction is evident… It may just be the case that a full sequel was canceled or delayed however.
You can also read Sankaku Complex’s review of the first game – it is easy to recommend.