Releasing later this month.
Ryan Graff, Localisation Lead at XSEED took to the Playstation Blog today to give a few more snippets of info, as well as confirming that Valhalla Knights 3 will be releasing onto in Europe on 23rd October (though which parts of Europe specifically weren’t confirmed). He went on to shed some light into the multiplayer mode:
“In the competitive online mode, your seven-character party faces off against an opposing player’s seven-character party. Each of the two players begins the match in their own “locker room,” so to speak, equipping and preparing their respective parties. Once both players enter the arena, their parties rumble until one wipes the other out.
As with the main game, each of the two players directly controls one party member at a time, shouting out orders to the rest and switching between them at will. The winning player receives arena points, which can buy new gear and goodies from the arena prize shop. Those prizes, in turn, carry over into both single player and multiplayer.
The original Japanese version of the game only featured an ad-hoc version of this mode, but the North American and European versions both include full online versions over PlayStation Network. We’ve also added leaderboards, as well as a specialised matching system that keeps track of your greatest rivals. North American players will even be able to play people in Europe, and vice versa. No co-op, unfortunately, but the competitive mode fits better with the game’s design.”
Ryan also commented on the difficulty and content from the original Japanese version. When asked how hard it will be he stated:
“Tough, but fair. The game expects you to outfit your team with the best available equipment, keep stock of your items, and pay attention to a quest’s difficulty rating. It’ll warn you when things are about to get tough, and it won’t often try to trap you or trick you. All the same, save often, and resist the temptation to take “just one more fight” before you go back and heal up. (You can teleport back to base with a consumable Return Card, and can dash everywhere you go with a well-timed button press.)
To help keep things fair, we’ve slightly increased the XP rewards for early encounters and lowered the prices of basic healing potions. That’s to keep new players from falling into a death spiral, where they lose all but their last guy, can’t afford resurrections, and can’t survive enough fights with just the one guy to grind for the resurrection money.”
And finally on content:
“Most of the free additional content from the Japanese version has been packed into the game. There were a couple of licensed crossover cameos in the Japanese version, such as a costume from Fate/Stay Night, that didn’t make it across the Pacific, but the rest of the free content (including the Tight Bikini Armor, various… outfits for the hostesses, several bonus quests, and extra options for player character customisation) is there.”
So there we have it. Barely a stones throw from the American release date, Europe will be able to play Valhalla Knights 3 before the end of this month. Excited?