| Valkyria: Azure Revolution Game's January 19 Release, PS Vita Version Revealed in Video|
Sega began streaming a new teaser video for the Valkyria: Azure Revolution role-playing game on Friday that reveals the game's January 19 release date in Japan. The video also reveals that the game will also ship for the PlayStation Vita in addition to the previously announced PlayStation 4 version. The game was previously slated for winter 2016.
The downloadable and package editions of the PS4 version will retail for 7,990 yen (about US$79.50), and the downloadable and package editions of the PS Vita version will retail for 6,990 yen (US$69.50). First editions of the game will come with a product code for an additional prequel story titled "The formation of Vanargand" that will be fully voiced. Certain retailers in Japan are also offering additional bonuses such as pin badge, a B2-size tapestry, and a product code for bonus items, among others.
The game will be playable at this year's Tokyo Game Show event next month, and those who attend and play the game at the game's booth will get a product code for a "battle demo Ver.2.0" as a gift. Sega will also reveal a new trailer at the event.
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.
Valkyria: Azure Revolution 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.