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Valkyria Chronicles II, known in Japan as Battlefield Valkyria 2: Gallian Royal Military Academy (戦場のヴァルキュリア2 ガリア王立士官学校Senjō no Varukyuria Tsū Garia Ōritsushikan Gakkō?) is a tactical role-playing game developed and published by Sega for the PlayStation Portable. Released in 2010, it is the sequel to Valkyria Chronicles.

Set two years after the onset of the Second Europan War, the game's story focuses on a military academy cadet school as they seek to prevent an ethnic cleansing campaign by a ruthless rebel group. Upon release, Valkyria Chronicles II received mostly high scores from several notable video game publications.

A third game in the series, Valkyria Chronicles III, which will also be on the Playstation Portable, will be released on January 27, 2011 in Japan. However, as the game takes place around the same time as the first game, Valkyria Chronicles III will be a prequel to Valkyria Chronicles II.[4]


Two years have passed since Squad 7 defeated Maximillian in Gallia during the Second Europan War. A rebel group made up of dissatisfied aristocrats and like-minded soldiers and citizens calling themselves the Gallian Revolutionary Army begins a civil war to wage an ethnic cleansing campaign against Gallians of Darcsen descent.[5] However, with the intense fight against the Empire having left Gallia's regular army in an exhausted state, there is initially little to stop the insurrection from gaining momentum. Laws preventing the formation of a national militia to fight fellow Gallians force the government to deploy military academy cadets to the front lines in order to combat and defeat the GRA forces.

Among the students sent out on the field is 17-year-old Avan Hardins, a young man who enrolled in Lanseal Military Academy after the death of his older brother, Leon.[6]


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Many gameplay concepts in Valkyria Chronicles II are carried over from the original. The BLiTZ system is used during combat scenarios, splitting the action between an overhead Command Mode and third-person Action Mode. By selecting allied units during Command Mode, using Command Points in the process, said units can move and perform actions until their Action Points run out. When the player has exhausted their available Command Points, or volunteers to pass control without using all of them, the Player Phase ends and the Enemy Phase begins. This progresses back and forth until the battle's victory conditions are achieved or the player is defeated. Valkyria Chronicles II uses a system of multiple area maps connected by enemy encampments.[7] When an enemy camp is captured by the player's forces, subsequent areas are made available, using the camp as a way-point to call in reinforcements and proceed.

Also similar to the original, the characters available for use by the player each occupy a specific class. New to Valkyria Chronicles II are new class types and the ability of units to change their class based on a branching tree of upgrades.[8][9] All five original classes from Valkyria Chronicles reappear, some with slight modification. Scouts, Shocktroopers, Engineers,[10] and Lancers act as the base units that lead to more powerful and specialized promotions. Snipers, rather than being a starting class, are a part of the Scout's upgrade potential. The final base class is new to the series. The Armored Soldier class can disarm mines and carry large shields that can deflect rifle and machine gun fire.[11] Armored soldiers do not carry a firearm, instead wielding a hammer to strike enemies. From these five base unit classes, individual units can use experience earned from completing missions to move into more advanced forms. Advantages garnered from upgrading class range from new weapon types to increased effectiveness against tanks to special abilities. The player has access to a tank. The tank has an increased amount of customization potential, being able to increase its firepower and armor, or be stripped down into a simple armored car.

The game's themes include school and war as the students try to juggle their responsibilities as military academy students and as soldiers.[12] The themes are based on the success of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4.[13][14]


In July 2009, Famitsu released a statement that a Valkyria Chronicles game was to be developed for the PlayStation Portable.[15] On July 17, 2009, the official Valkyria Chronicles II website was launched to the public with the developer's blog and pictures of the game.[16][17]

In a blog post on the official website, chief producer Shuntaro Tanaka has revealed that the game will keep the BLiTZ system with wireless ad-hoc to be implemented.[18][19] In addition, Tanaka said that the game's development for the PSP was done "to allow a broader spectrum of users to discover and enjoy what makes Valkyria special." with the possibility of the franchise returning to consoles eventually.[20]

The staff in the development of the game were pulled from the Valkyria Chronicles staff, mainly chief producer Shuntaro Tanaka, character designer Raita Honjo and composer Hitoshi Sakimoto with Take Ozawa being posted as the game's director[21] with previous work done on Valkyria Chronicles as its main planner.[22] Shinji Motoyama is the game's producer, having done production work with the Sega-made Bleach games, as well as Nightshade and Blood Will Tell.[22]

Sega revealed at the 2009 Tokyo Game Show that the popular J-Pop duo Chemistry will perform the game's opening theme, titled "Our Story".[23]


An extensive amount of special material was produced by the Valkyria Chronicles II staff as bonus items for those players who pre-order the game.[24] First is a reel of bonus footage titled "Valkyria Chronicles 1936: Gallian Front Memoirs." Narrated by Cordelia gi Randgriz, the video summarizes the events of the first game, as well as happenings in the time gap between the two. Similarly, "Gallian Journal 1936" presents background information in the form of a news magazine, with such articles as an interview with the game's antagonist. A limited-edition game soundtrack will also be included. Those who pre-order will also have information with which to unlock Selvaria Bles as a playable character within the game.[25][26]

Further hidden characters were also made available including Welkin and Alicia (the protagonists from the first game), Ramal Valt from the anime, and Mintz and Julius from the Valkyria Chronicles: Wish Your Smile manga.[27] However, Welkin, Alicia, and Ramal are available as a DVD bonus from Volume 6's release in Japan while Mintz and Julius are available after using a special password.[28] It was further announced that Isara, Maximillian, Selvaria and Faldio are hidden characters, despite the resulting incongruence with the first game's plot.[29]

A playable demo of the game was made available on the Japanese PlayStation Store on November 2, 2009, with an online download of the same demo following on November 5.[30] The demo was translated and released in the US PlayStation Store on August 10, 2010.[31]

Valkyria Chronicles II was the second best-selling video game in Japan during its release week at 94,000 copies sold.[32]


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 87
Metacritic 84
Review scores
Publication Score
Famitsu 35/40[33]
Game Informer 8.5/10
GameTrailers 8.4/10
IGN 9.0/10

Valkyria Chronicles II received a positive critical reception, although less than its predecessor. The game was a given a total score of 35 out of 40 and a "Platinum Award" from a panel of four reviewers in the Japanese Famitsu magazine.[33] It was the second best-selling video game in Japan during its release week at 94,000 copies sold.[34]


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  8. 戦場のヴァルキュリア2 突撃取材・その3 (Japanese). Sega (2009-07-31). Retrieved on 2009-08-01.
  9. Spencer (2009-08-07). A Glimpse Of Valkyria Chronicles 2’s Branching Class System. Siliconera..
  10. Valkyria Chronicles 2 - Infantry: Engineer (Japanese). Sega. Retrieved on 2009-10-31.
  11. Valkyria Chronicles 2 - Infantry: Armored Soldier (Japanese). Sega. Retrieved on 2009-10-31.
  12. Keane Ng (2009-07-15). Valkyria Chronicles 2 Coming to PSP. The Escapist. Retrieved on 2009-07-21.
  13. Valkyria Chronicles 2 Announced. Nukoda (2009-07-15). Retrieved on 2009-07-21.
  14. Spencer (2009-07-14). Valkyria Chronicles PSP Sequel Takes A Tip From Persona. Siliconera. Retrieved on 2009-07-26.
  15. Valkyria Chronicles 2 officially announced (2009-07-14). Retrieved on 2009-07-21.
  16. Jem Alexander (2007-07-17). Official Valkyria Chronicles 2 site launches. Joystiq. Retrieved on 2009-07-21.
  17. Kris Pigna (2009-07-18). Valkyria Chronicles 2 Website Opens with New Screens. Retrieved on 2009-07-21.
  18. Spencer (2009-07-17). Valkyria Chronicles 2 Has Ad-Hoc Play. Siliconera. Retrieved on 2009-07-21.
  19. 戦場のヴァルキュリア2 突撃取材・その1 (Japanese). Sega (2009-07-17). Retrieved on 2009-07-21.
  20. Peter Haas (2009-07-16). Valkyria Chronicles 2 Announced For PSP. Blend Games. Retrieved on 2009-07-21.
  21. 開発スタッフ (Japanese). Sega. Retrieved on 2009-07-21.
  22. 22.0 22.1 Anoop Gantayat (2009-07-14). Sega Formally Unveils Valkyria Chronicles 2. Retrieved on 2009-07-21.
  23. Sega Reveals New Valkyria Chronicles 2 Info (2009-09-27). Retrieved on 2009-09-27.
  24. Official Site: Information (Japanese). Sega. Retrieved on 2009-11-12.
  25. 『戦ヴァル2』予約特典でセルベリアが使用可能に!! 体験版も配信 (Japanese) (2009-10-29). Retrieved on 2009-11-10.
  26. Official Blog: Revolutionary Army Trembles! (Japanese). Sega (2009-10-29). Retrieved on 2009-11-12.
  27. Spencer (2009-11-11). Look Who’s In Valkyria Chronicles 2. Siliconera. Retrieved on 2009-11-14.
  28. Chun. 「戦場のヴァルキュリア2」に前作の主人公やヒロインが登場することが明らかに! ゲストキャラが手に入るキャンペーン情報が公開 (Japanese). Retrieved on 2009-11-14.
  29. Spencer (2010-01-07). Valkyria Chronicles 2 Has Even More Valkyria Chronicles Cameos. Siliconera. Retrieved on 2010-02-02.
  30. Playable Demo Download (Japanese). Sega (2009-11-05). Retrieved on 2009-11-12.
  31. Valkyria Chronicles II Demo Available on PSN Today. Sony (2010-08-10). Retrieved on 2010-08-10.
  32. Remo, Chris (January 28, 2010). Mario Once Again Returns To Top Japanese Sales Slot. Gamasutra. Retrieved on 2010-08-14.
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