During this evening’s PlayStation State of Play address, two new Square Enix titles were announced. Both are seemingly coming to each of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, too.
The first is a dated looking sequel called Valkyrie Elysium. It’s described as being an action-RPG, but one must emphasize the word action here. Furthermore, it’s a follow-up to Valkyrie Profile.
Valkyrie Elysium is an action-RPG featuring an epic story, beautiful environments, and a new fast-paced combat system that combines strategy, action, and a unique combo system that will test your ability to think and react.
The game takes place in the distant past, in a world where Ragnarok – the End Times – looms large upon the realms.
With the last of his strength, the All-Father creates an emissary of redemption – a lone Valkyrie who can become the salvation of this doomed world. As this brave warrior descends into the ruined land, she encounters many challenges… and uncovers the hidden truth behind its impending destruction.
What will she think of this irrational world… and what end will she choose for it?
As for the gameplay:
Valkyrie Elysium also incorporates elements of the Valkyrie series’ classic gameplay, such as the Einherjar – recruitable warriors who will join the hero and fight at her side when summoned. It’s a beautiful game, too, with incredible art design that captures the spirit of the series in an exciting, modern way. On PS5, it’s also running in 4K and 60 FPS, making for an adventure that looks and feelsbeautifully crisp.
And, of course, we must mention the music. Series composer Motoi Sakuraba returns and contributes to the game’s stunning score. RPGs are always better when they have a strong soundtrack, and this one is going to be… well, literally music to your ears.
Next up is a new IP called The Diofeld Chronicle, which they describe as being a gritty and immersive Real-Time Tactical Battle (RTTB) game.
The DioField Chronicle is an epic tale of war and honor. Featuring a unique and beautiful world that blends fantasy, medieval and modern-day influences with a deep yet innovative real-time battle system.
The battles in this game are defined by real-time assessment of battlefield conditions and issuing decisive orders that take advantage of your troops’ strengths and weaknesses to gain advantage over your foe. Make clever use of a variety of skills, classes, and equipment to complete your mission.
Richly detailed depictions of the environments and cultures of the island of DioField combine with unique diorama-style visuals to create a beautiful yet easy to follow spectacle.