As a huge fan of the epic PS3 game Valkyria Chronicles, and a non-owner of a PSP, I was… upset, to say the least, when I learned that it’s sequel will be on the portable Sony PSP game system. It’s easy to assume that the reasoning behind this sin was money or simply lazyness on the developer’s part. But apparently it was a matter of time, as the games creators are afraid people will “forget” about the IP without a rapid enough sequel.
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.
So there you have it. The game is on PSP so that you don’t forget about the series. Ironically, this actually causes me to forget about the game. I’m not buying a PSP for one game… nevermind the fact that a PSP version of the game cannot stack up to the original Ps3 game no matter how you look at it.