Valkyrie Elysium Revives A Classic Franchise

But Perhaps Not How You Were Hoping

Valkyrie Elysium

Fans have been hoping for a return of the Valkyrie Profile series for years and we’re finally getting it. Valkyrie Elysium may not have Profile in its name, but its the first title in the franchise since 2016 and the first that wasn’t a bad mobile game since 2008. So it’s nice to see Square Enix remembers the series exists.

Less nice though is the rest of what’s here. Don’t get me wrong, the foundation of a solid looking action RPG looks to be here. The developers promise the game runs at 60 FPS so that’s definitely cool. Graphically though it looks way behind the times and the preview footage shown today looks a bit janky. If this was years out that wouldn’t be terribly concerning, but Valkryie Elysium is set to release later this year on PS4, PS5, and PC. One would expect a game so close to look a bit further along.

Valkyrie Elysium

Still, despite not playing like the older games in the series, Square Enix promise that there are elements of the older series. You still recruit Einherjar to aid you in battle. Series composer Motoi Sakuraba is back as well, and the music has always been one of the series’ strongest elements.

Taking on the role of a newly created valkyrie, sent by the all father with the last of his strength to potentially save the world from Ragnarok, we’ll once again be diving right into Norse mythology for our story. The trailer closes on a woman who could be Hrist, a major character in the first two Valkyrie Profile titles. One can only hope. Check out the trailer below.

Andrew Thornton
Andrew has been writing about video games for nearly twenty years, contributing to publications such as DarkStation, Games Are Fun, and the E-mpire Ltd. network. He enjoys most genres but is always pulled back to classic RPG's, with his favorite games ever including Suikoden II, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Phantasy Star IV. Don't worry though, he thinks new games are cool too, with more recent favorites like Hades, Rocket League, and Splatoon 2 stealing hundreds of hours of his life. When he isn't playing games he's often watching classic movies, catching a basketball game, or reading the first twenty pages of a book before getting busy and forgetting about it.

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