Everything we know about Valkyrie Elysium
Square Enix owns many of the most famous and legendary franchises in video game history. We’re all familiar with Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and even somewhat smaller series like the new Bravely games or the Nier titles. The Valkyrie games are a series that’s never really had a chance to shine and haven’t seen a proper release in over a decade. Nordic-inspired games began in 2000 with Valkyrie Profile for the original PlayStation, followed by a prequel on the PS2, and then finally a final game on the Nintendo DS in 2009 (not including a mobile game). They were innovative games that mixed 3D exploration with fluid movement on a map with turn-based battles, but the recently announced Valkyrie Elysee seeks to revitalize the series with new direction.
Fans probably thought Square Enix had long forgotten about this little franchise, and yet during the Sony State of Play held in March 2022, Square Enix unveiled Valkyrie Elysee in the world. For most, this would be their first exposure to the long-dormant series, and those who remember the classic JRPG will be just as curious as to what this new entry will be. These games have a deep lore and rich history, but the gameplay is what will draw most people in or push them away. For all that and more, here’s everything we know about Valkyrie Elysee.
Valkyrie Elysee is slated to arrive in 2022, which, if it comes to fruition, will be a refreshingly quick turnaround from announcement to release. Because Square Enix hasn’t announced an actual date, or even a month or season, that leads us to believe that there’s still a lot of work to be done on the game. At best, we expect Valkyrie Elysee coming at the end of the year, possibly November or even December, if not ending up being pushed back to early 2023.
Valkyrie Elysee will return to its PlayStation roots after its diversion to the 3DS and mobile systems, and will be released on PS4, PS5 and PC. There’s no mention as to whether this console exclusivity is permanent or if Xbox and Nintendo gamers will eventually see this game on those platforms, so for now your only options are a PlayStation or PC.
We only have one trailer for Valkyrie Elysee to dissect so far, but we also looked to get a few more details about the game.
Starting with the trailer, we get some pans of abandoned and decaying structures until we come to a woman standing in a field. We are asked the question: “In an unjust world, what will you choose?” This woman, a Valkyrie no doubt, then tries to recruit some kneeling soldier of some sort whom we don’t see well.
The next section is all about gameplay, which we’ll detail below, but shows off a nice range of environments for us to explore. A voiceover kicks in and warns the Valkyrie that Ragnarok is ravaging the world and that he – whoever it is – wants her to be his tool to step in and save the world from complete destruction. We get a shot of the Valkyrie bowing to a blond man sitting on a high throne – presumably the narrator we’ve heard before – but again, never see his face.
After the title drops, a scene plays where the Valkyrie calls out to an enemy wearing full armor and a mask and asks who they are before the trailer ends. The way this person smiles and the way the two are framed leads us to believe that they will be rivals of some sort.
On the game’s official website, the game’s synopsis only gives a tiny bit more context to the plot than one might expect. It reads: “Long ago, Ragnarok – the end times – loomed over the realms. The All-Father, with his last forces, created and emissary of redemption; its sole task the salvation of a doomed world. And from there began the story of a new Valkyrie…”
The best we can muster for now is that you’ll be playing as the titular Valkyrie on a quest to somehow prevent Ragnarok.
The gameplay takes up about half of the trailer and is very different from previous entries. Traversal is the most similar, it looks fast and fluid with plenty of options for jumping and tackling environments, but the action is no longer segmented in a turn-based RPG format as before. It’s all real-time and much more action-based, and seems to flow seamlessly with exploration rather than jumping to a separate combat screen.
We get a good look at a bunch of physical combo abilities with her sword, though they do mention she’ll have access to multiple weapons. Valkyrie can dash, dart, throw, and perform many flashy combos that somewhat resemble a character action game like Nier: Automata, though we don’t yet know how deep or complex the system is.
Magic is another important element of combat. We see various spells, like fireballs and call thunder, but also what looks like the ability to summon ghosts or spirits. At several points we see this caravan knight fighting alongside her, and although he looks perfectly human most of the time, in one scene she calls out to him and he becomes much more spectral and translucent before to disappear in a cloud of purple sparks. .
Some spells seem to have kicked in a bit as we see brief moments of Valkyrie stopping and green rings appearing below her as if preparing for a bigger attack. We also see her for a moment picking up green and purple crystals from the environment, possibly a resupply for some sort of MP, summon, or even HP meters. We don’t see any HUD elements, so we can’t say exactly how magic or summoning will work, if that’s what happens.
For those playing on PS5, and presumably a PC that can handle it, Valkyrie Elysee is also supposed to run at 4K and 60 FPS. Performance on the last-gen system hasn’t been revealed and likely won’t be until the game’s release.
Valkyrie Elysee is a single player game, no doubt. Even on the store page it is listed as a single player game, leaving no room for interpretation. For a JRPG like this, from a series that has always been single-player, that makes perfect sense to us.
We don’t expect Valkyrie Elysee have any DLC. It looks like a smaller-scale project for Square Enix, and certainly isn’t meant to be continually updated. There’s always a chance they’ll add some new DLC story, but everything about it so far, at least to us, feels like it’ll be a finished package at launch.
There is no release date yet for Valkyrie Elysee, so pre-orders are not yet available. However, on the PlayStation Store and Steam, the game has store pages where you can at least wishlist it if you want to be notified when you can reserve your copy. Either way, we’ll update this section when pre-orders go live with all those details, including the different possible editions, so stay tuned for that.