Producer On Why PSP For Valkyria Chronicles 2

Senjou no Valkyria 2

The latest post at the official Senjou no Valkyria 2 (aka Valkyria Chronicles 2) blog shares with us some reasoning behind the game’s platform switch. Chief Producer Shuntaro Tanaka says a PS3 sequel would probably takes around three years to make even after taking into consideration that certain assets can be reused and their hardware know-how is better now. This is because the amount of time it takes to produce new content could be quite lengthy too.

With the anime series just ended, this could means a long period of time before we see another Vakyria Chronicles title again and people will forget about the series soon. But then there is a new Ryu ga Gotoku (aka Yakuza series) game every year you might say. Tanaka’s answer to that is they need to expand the series to new players especially since survey shows that 95% of Valkyria Chronicles players are male. PSP can do a better job at expanding the series according to him. However, fans of the series need not worry too much about the PSP version since the content are sure to satisfy both new and current players.

Tanaka’s personal vision is for the series to expand on both PSP and PS3. He also reminds us that next generation titles costs a lot of money to make and without expanding the user base, it would be difficult to get positive returns. Big PS3 titles like Yakuza and Metal Gear Solid have built their fanbase on the PS2, an advantage that Valkyria Chronicles do not have. Apparently he is saying all these without the permission of the higher ups at Sega and not sure if they will be angry at him for this. Pretty sure they won’t if Valkyria Chronicles 2 sold well next month in Japan :)

2 Responses to “Producer On Why PSP For Valkyria Chronicles 2

  1. ediddy999

    I appreciate the information and I am really looking forward to another Vakyria Chronicles. This is one of those games that really made me look at a genre that I never really liked, but the way they designed the game spoke to me and I have tried to get everyone I know to try it out. Now that it’s coming to the PSP I can get more of the good stuff and not have to wait forever for it. I think that SEGA made the right decision on this one.

    December 8th, 2009 at 11:06 pm
  2. Gabriel Leblanc

    It would take three years to make a valkyria sequel, yet Infinity Ward, Ubisoft, Naughty Dogs, THQ, Insomniac, and countless others can make a worthy sequel in 18-24 months. Does that tell a lot about the developper ?

    December 9th, 2009 at 12:36 am

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