With Valkria Chronicles II‘s release later this month, PSPs across the nation will be dusted off, charged, and updated. Mirroring the treatment the game received in Japan, Sega has decided to release a playable demo of the game which hits the Playstation Network today. It’s quite likely that this is simply a localized version of the same demo released in Japan, which I have already played and reviewed. If you enjoyed the first game, or even if you didn’t play it, I encourage everyone to try this demo.
On the official Playstation blog some details were revealed suggesting we will get at least some of the bonus characters released in Japan:
Finally, I’d like to include one other confirmation here on the blog: We’ve added a few new exclusive items to the Western version of the game! Among the many stickers that you can get for your tank or vehicle, we’ve added in a few brand new ones that both old and new SEGA fans are sure to smile at. Those of you who loved the first game will also be happy to note that we’ve included a few original characters as unlockable Easter eggs, just like in the Japanese version.
As I understood it, said unlockable characters were only available via pre-orders and through purchasing the Valkyria manga and anime which provided passwords unlocking the bonus content. The characters in question are:
- All members of the Eddy detachment (including Marina, which is all that matters)
- Selveria Bless
- Welkin and Alicia as they appeared in Valkyria Chronicles
- Alicia as she appears in the anime
- Lamar Vault
- Julius Klose
Oh and for those still not in the know, there is also a slew of new features and a new weapon-class. This should be more than enough to excite any fan of the game. Valkyria Chronicles II goes on sale August 31st and you better believe I will be entering the hallowed walls of Lanseal Military Academy day one.