Valkyrie Drive Articles RSS Feed | Valkyrie Drive RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Gal*Gun Double Peace set to light up your hearts next week! Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:30:01 -0400 TheSmartestMoron

The West continues to enjoy quite the bounty of bright and colorful games, and ones focused on a certain audience. Gal*Gun Double Peace is set for a release on PS4 and Vita on August 2nd of this year.

If you are a fan of Senran Kagura or Valkyrie Drive, you may have heard of this title. Surprisingly, it’s a rail shooter, a rare sight and usually reserved more for arcades. (Or the Rambo game from years ago that no one wishes to talk about._ But Gal*Gun has traded bullets for pheromones, which when fired will cease any negative affection the player is giving off. (Though one may ask just why is every girl out for our hero?)

The story revolves around a boy named Hodai, who is struck by an arrow by an evil angel named named Kurona, and then cursed. Not only does the curse make every girl in the school go after him in hatred, but if he cannot find his true love, he will be destined for a life of loneliness. There are a total 70 girls in the game, and they all can be interacted with. Each of them have their own specific ending.

Gameplay is not just limited to shooting and bonding with those girls. There are mini-games similar to Senran Kagura's dressing room, where you can physically interact with the girls through touching and rubbing. It's certainly an aspect the PQube was not shy of showing off in the trailer. However, it seems that only Europe will get the limited edition, exclusive to Rice Digital, which actually includes DLC costumes, an artbook, the soundtrack, a wall scroll, a panty screen-cleaner -- wait what?

I was not joking.

Fun fact: in the small crossover game called Mighty Gunvolt, Ekoro from Gal*Gun was the third playable character, alongside Beck from Mighty No 9 and Gunvolt of Azure Striker Gunvolt.

Gal*Gun Double Peace will be released on August 2, 2016 on PlayStation 4 and Vita. And hopefully with no more delays.

Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkuni will not be censored according to PQube Tue, 12 Jul 2016 04:46:21 -0400 TheSmartestMoron

During the announcement that Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkuni would be localized for North America and Europe, there was a small confirmation that the game would not be censored like recent games, such as Tokyo Mirage Sessions. Today on DualSHOCKERS, it was revealed that Valkyrie Drive will not be censored by PQube's PR Executive, Peter Nathaniel Fury (no relation to Nick Fury). However, they also expressed their opinions and concerns regarding the recent censorship.

In the email sent to DualSHOCKERS, he went on to say the following:

We generally don’t take on these kinds of projects if we’re not confident we can release it in the west without cutting or changing content. Changing the source material kind of defeats the purpose of doing it in the first place, so that is not something we even consider unless we literally have no other options. In terms of platform holders and ratings boards, you’d be surprised what you can get away with. Gal*Gun: Double Peace passed quite painlessly for example.

He went on to say how some retailers may be hesitant to take the game, and the process does involve trying to convince every retailer to do so. This involves both sales numbers and how to present the game, and he describes the executives "might be in their 50’s and don’t play or particularly care about games." It might seem things could go well due to how successful Senran Kagura was anyway, though one also has to remember that in Valkyrie Drive, there are two characters who are sisters, thus involving a bit of incest.

They also confirm that the game will feature Japanese voiceovers, with English subtitles. Any nudity will still be censored by glowing flashes similar to how Senran Kagura: Shinovi and Estival Versus handled it, kinda like this:

Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkuni is set for a English release on the PlayStation Vita both digitally and physically in 2016.

Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkuni coming to North America and Europe Fri, 08 Jul 2016 05:22:04 -0400 TheSmartestMoron

UK Publisher PQube announced today that Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkuni is indeed heading to North America and Europe exclusively for the Vita this year. 

Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkuni is a game from the same director of Senran Kagura, Kenichiro Takaki. The series revolves around pairs of girls fighting, but the girls can turn into weapons through kissing each other. This is possible because of a virus that separates them into two classes: Extars and Liberators. Extars "...transform into high powered weapons when sexually aroused." Liberators, on the other hand, wield those weapons. And because of the nature of the game, there will be clothes stripping similar to that in Senran Kagura.

More gameplay features include taking on large waves of enemies, aerial combat, leveling up weapons, dressing room shenanigans/touching similar to Senran Kagura, 7 playable characters, 28 story missions, and even an arena-like multiplayer between 4 players. There is no word on any different modes, however.

Because of how over-the-top Valkyrie Drive was compared to Senran Kagura, it was only released in Japan -- though Kenichiro definitely wanted to release it in English.

Naturally, this changed just now.

Nichegamer also reported that the publisher will not censor the game on Twitter, unlike how it was done in Tokyo Mirage Sessions:

Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkuni is set for a English release on the PlayStation Vita both digitally and physically in 2016; no exact date has been given just yet. Nor is there any word on a collector's edition. There is also an anime called Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid if fans wish to know more about the world of this game.

Next Fanservice-Heavy Franchise by Senran Kagura Developers Tue, 24 Mar 2015 20:10:02 -0400 Thomas M Gumbel

Anime and game developer Marvelous announced new cross-media project Valkyrie Drive at Anime Japan 2015 over the weekend.  Other Marvelous credits include recent Harvest Moons, the Rune Factory series, and Senran Kagura.  The first Valkyrie Drive releases are console game Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni, free-to-play mobile game Valkyrie Drive: Siren, and anime Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid.  Marvelous has confirmed that “Siren” and “Mermaid” refer to two of five manmade islands where Valkyrie Drive takes place.  Jury’s still out on “Bhikkhuni.”

The entire premise of Valkyrie Drive seems to be "girls turn into swords and other hurty things."

“Mermaid” and Siren bear similar taglines: “Girls use their bodies as weapons,” and “Girls’ thoughts become the strongest weapons,” respectively.  There you have it.  The entire premise of Valkyrie Drive seems to be “girls turn into swords and other hurty things.”  Producer Kenichiro Takaki offers more than just the TL;DR.  Young girls are infected with a virus that temporarily turns them into weapons when they’re neurologically stimulated.  Another group of girls called the Rebreakers specialize in wielding these people-weapons.

Rampant fanservice aside, the gameplay sounds promising.  A Rebreaker and a weapon-person-partner pair up to fight groups of enemies; fighting well together improves your bond; this in turn improves your skills and combos.  Maybe not out-of-this-world original, but Valkyrie Drive might give us some clever twists on the tried and true conventions of good old hack’n’slash.

Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni’s seeing a Japanese release later this year; no word yet on the other two.  Of course there aren’t any plans for an English release right now, don’t be silly.