The classic series is back with a 3D action-focused entry
The Valkyries are back. Square Enix revealed Valkyrie Elysium at today’s State of Play, a new entry in the Valkyrie series. It’s got action, 3D graphics, and even more Einherjar to join your ranks.
Starting back in 1999 on the original PlayStation (2000 for North America), the Valkyrie series is essentially about the end of the world. Inspired by Norse mythology, you take on the role of a Valkyrie and set out on a task set out for you by the All-Father. Along the way, you recruit Einherjar—warriors who will fight alongside the hero.
Thanks to some really incredible gameplay, excellent art, and a killer soundtrack, the original Valkyrie Profile has retained a fervent following through the years from RPG fans. The most recent entry was a prequel RPG for mobile, Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin, in 2016 for Japan and worldwide in 2019.
Now, Valkyrie Elysium is here, as a new console and RPG entry in the series, with some heavier action influence on the series. The full 3D is an interesting choice, one I’d like to see more of before passing judgement.
The action in today’s gameplay trailer reminded me heavily of the Nier series, though. It’s got some fresh ideas, but according to the Square Enix blog, Valkyrie Profile composer Motoi Sakuraba will be back to contribute some new music.
Valkyrie Elysium is due out this year, so we’ll hopefully learn more about this kickstart of the series soon. It’s currently coming to PlayStation 4, PS5, and PC via Steam in 2022.