Even with Valkyria Chronicles II barely out on American shelves (see Elder-Geek’s review here), Sega has been knee-deep in production on its sequel. Continuing on the PSP but returning to the timeline and story-progression method of the original (as opposed to II‘s mission-based progression), Valkyria Chronicles III: Unrecorded Chronicles (tentative title based on previous game translations) had its reveal in the pages of Famitsu less than a week before its playable demo on the floors of the Tokyo Game Show.
While set in the same time frame of the original’s Second Europan War, Unrecorded Chronicles follows a new cast of characters known in the game as the Nameless squad. A Bad Company-esque collection of troublemakers (and previous outlaws) referenced by number rather than name, players will take control of Kurt Irving (Number 7) and fight alongside Valkyria-descendent Riela and Imuka, whose village was wiped out by said Valkyria. The game will remove its predecessor’s multiplayer components in favor of more expansive single player maps and a “Super Mode” mechanic that highlights the extreme abilities of its two heroines (Riela’s being her Valkyria form and Imuka’s being her mastery of big guns). Valkyria Chronicles III: Unrecorded Chronicles is set for a January 27th release in both disc and download format, at least in Japan.