Cult hit strategy series Valkyria Chronicles is coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that it seems like the series is only getting a Switch release in Japan. Sega has stated that 2008’s Valkyria Chronicles will be updated and ported to the Nintendo Switch and released in Japan sometime in the fall.
It’s possible that this move was approved because the next game in the series, Valkyria Chronicles 4, has been delayed and will also not be released in Japan for Switch until the fall. That game is currently available for the PlayStation 4 in Japan, though. There’s no word on whether or not these titles will be bundled somehow or treated as separate Switch releases.
So what are the chances that the Western world also gets a Switch version of these games? We certainly wouldn’t rule it out, but we also wouldn’t advise you to hold your breath for the series to make an appearance on Switch outside of Japan. Sega has actually been hesitant to release the series in the West in general. The good news is that when the original Valkyria Chronicles did get ported to PC, it greatly exceeded Sega’s sales expectations. In fact, it almost sold one million copies on that platform alone.
We certainly hope that Sega brings these titles to the Switch as Valkyria Chronicles has long been one of the better modern strategy games on the market. Most of the games in the series tell an exaggerated – i.e. very anime – version of classic warfare. The games allow players to utilize an overhead strategy view to get a better idea of the lay of the land as well as a behind-the-shoulder view when it comes time to get in on the action.
Overall, the series makes excellent use of its various strategy systems, but sadly, Western gamers have largely only been able to experience the original Valkyria Chronicles game unless they get into the importing business. Here’s hoping that Sega decides to give these games another chance to succeed outside of Japan so that we can also get some remastered versions of the franchise’s PSP titles.