Square Enix holds most of the most well-known and storied franchises in gaming historical past. We all know Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and even considerably smaller sequence like the brand new Bravely video games or the Nier titles. One sequence that by no means actually received a real likelihood to shine, and hasn’t seen a correct launch in over a decade, is the Valkyrie video games. The Norse-inspired video games started in 2000 with Valkyrie Profile for the unique PlayStation, adopted by a prequel on the PS2, after which lastly one final sport on the Nintendo DS in 2009 (not counting a cellular sport). They have been progressive video games that combined 3D exploration with fluid actions throughout a map with turn-based battles, however the just lately introduced Valkyrie Elysium appears to revitalize the sequence with a brand new route.
Fans in all probability thought Square Enix had lengthy forgotten about this smaller franchise, and but on the Sony State of Play held in March 2022, Square Enix unveiled Valkyrie Elysium to the world. For most, this may be their first publicity to the long-dormant sequence, and those who do bear in mind the traditional JRPG will likely be equally curious as to what this new entry will likely be. These video games have deep lore and wealthy story, however the gameplay is what’s going to both draw most individuals in or push them away. For all that and extra, right here’s all the things we find out about Valkyrie Elysium.
Valkyrie Elysium is slated to reach in 2022, which, if it involves cross, will likely be a refreshingly fast turnaround time from announcement to launch. Because Square Enix didn’t announce an precise date, or perhaps a month or season, that leads us to consider that there’s nonetheless a great deal of work to be executed on the sport. At finest, we count on Valkyrie Elysium to return on the finish of the yr, maybe as a November and even December launch, if not ending up getting pushed into early 2023.
Valkyrie Elysium will return to its PlayStation roots after its diversion to the 3DS and cellular techniques, and be launched on PS4, PS5, and PC. There’s no point out as as to whether this console exclusivity is everlasting or if Xbox and Nintendo gamers will ultimately see this sport on these platforms, so for now your solely choices are a PlayStation or PC.
We solely have the one announcement trailer for Valkyrie Elysium to dissect to this point, however we additionally scrounged round to get a number of extra particulars in regards to the sport.
Starting with the trailer, we get a number of pans over deserted and decaying constructions till coming to a lady standing in a discipline. We are posed the query, “In an unjust world, what will you choose?” This lady, a Valkyrie little doubt, then makes an attempt to recruit a kneeling soldier of some kind we don’t get an excellent take a look at.
The subsequent part is all gameplay, which we’ll element beneath, however does present a pleasant vary of environments we can discover. A voiceover kicks in and warns the Valkyrie that Ragnarok is ravaging the world and that he — whoever “he” is — desires her to be his instrument to intervene and save the world from full destruction. We get a shot of the Valkyrie bowing to a blond man sitting on a excessive throne — presumably the narrator we heard earlier than — however once more by no means see his face.
After the title drop, a scene performs the place the Valkyrie calls out a foe sporting full armor and a masks and asks who they’re earlier than the trailer ends. The manner this individual smirks and the way the 2 are framed lead us to consider they are going to be rivals of some kind.
On the sport’s official web site, the synopsis of the sport solely provides a tiny bit extra context to the plot we will count on. It reads, “Long ago, Ragnarok — the End Times — loomed upon the realms. The All-Father, with the last of his strength, created and emissary of redemption; her sole task the salvation of a doomed world. And thence began the tale of a new Valkyrie…”
The finest we will collect for now could be that you’ll play because the titular Valkyrie on a quest to in some way stop Ragnarok in some way.
Gameplay takes up about half of the trailer, and could be very completely different from the earlier entries. Traversal is essentially the most related, wanting quick and fluid with loads of choices to leap and grapple round environments, however the motion is not segmented right into a turn-based RPG format as earlier than. It is all in actual time and much more motion based mostly, and appears to circulation seamlessly with exploration reasonably than reducing to a separate battle display.
We get an excellent take a look at a bunch of bodily combo skills together with her sword, although they do point out that she may have entry to a number of weapons. Valkyrie can sprint, carry out a stinger, launch, and pull off loads of flashy combos that look considerably much like a personality motion sport like Nier: Automata, although we don’t know the way deep or advanced the system is simply but.
Magic is one other massive element of fight. We see varied spells, like fireballs and calling down thunder, but additionally what appears like the power to summon ghosts or spirits. At a number of factors we see that knight from the trailer combating alongside her, and whereas he appears completely human more often than not, in a single scene she calls him to her and he turns into way more spectral and translucent earlier than fading away right into a cloud of purple sparks.
Some spells appear to have a little bit of a startup after we see transient moments of Valkyrie stopping and inexperienced rings seem beneath her as if making ready for an even bigger assault. We additionally see one second of her choosing up inexperienced and purple crystals of some type from the surroundings, maybe replenishment for some type of MP, summon, and even HP meters. We don’t see any HUD components, so can’t inform precisely how magic or summoning will work, if that’s certainly what is occurring.
For those that are taking part in on PS5, and presumably a PC that may deal with it, Valkyrie Elysium can be stated to run at 4K and 60 FPS. Performance on the last-gen system hasn’t been revealed, and certain gained’t till the sport comes out.
Valkyrie Elysium is a single-player sport, no query. Even on the shop web page, it’s listed as a one-player sport, leaving no room for interpretation. For a JRPG like this, coming from a sequence that has at all times been single participant, this makes excellent sense to us.
We don’t count on Valkyrie Elysium to have any DLC. This appears like a smaller-scale challenge for Square Enix, and definitely isn’t one meant to be regularly up to date. There’s at all times an opportunity they are going to add a brand new story DLC of some type, however all the things about it to this point, no less than to us, appears like this will likely be a completed package deal at launch.
There’s no launch date but for Valkyrie Elysium, so pre-orders usually are not out there but. However, on each the PlayStation Store and Steam the sport does have retailer pages up the place you possibly can no less than add it to your wishlist if you wish to be notified when you possibly can reserve your copy. Either manner, we’ll replace this part when pre-orders can be found with all these particulars, together with any completely different editions there is likely to be, so keep tuned for that.