Valkyria Chronicles is set in a fictitious continent reminiscent of 1930s, Europe divided in two and ruled by the Empire and the Federation. The Empire has set its sights on invading a small neutral country called Gallia, which is situated in the middle of the two great empires. The game follows a hero named Welkin and his fellow soldiers of the Federation's 7th Platoon that are fighting against the Empire, who is intent on unifying the continent under its power. The Federation discovers that the Empire possesses a secret weapon, known as the “Valkyria”- an ancient race with special powers thought to exist only in legends. With this new discovery, the fate of the Federation's ability to win the war and a hope for a better future hangs in the balance.
Built upon the new “CANVAS” engine developed internally by SEGA Game Studios Japan, Valkyria Chronicles' ground-breaking 3D graphics resemble a watercolor painting in motion. The power of the PLAYSTATION 3 system allows the development team to exploit the full potential of the new engine, giving players amazing environments to explore. A new type of tactical battle concept has also been designed for Valkyria Chronicles. Known as “BLiTZ,” this battle concept gives players freedom to strategically move around the environment and attack enemies using real-time controls, something never before seen in the tactical role-playing game genre. The new “CANVAS” engine technology, the “BLiTZ” battle concept and an epic storyline offer players hours of exciting gameplay.
“Valkyria Chronicles' ‘CANVAS' engine allows gamers to enter a world that at one time could only be created with paints and watercolors,” said Elliott Chin, Director of Marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. “With its stunningly unique visual style and the new ‘BLiTZ' tactical battle system, Valkyria Chronicles is sure to entice gamers to enter its special world and join Welkin and Alicia in their cause to save Gallia.”