Compile Heart announces Black Rose Valkyrie for PS4 [Update]
posted on 02.02.16 at 04:13 AM EDT by (@salromano)
A brand new RPG for PlayStation 4.

Black Rose Valkyrie

Compile Heart has announced Black Rose Valkyrie for PlayStation 4, a brand new RPG featuring character design by Kosuke Fujishima and a scenario by Takumi Miyajima. It is produced by Norihisa Kochiwa and directed by Kenta Kanno.

The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu has the exclusive scoop on the title. The game follows a protagonist and five heroines. “Traitor” is a key word, and each time you play the game, the traitor among the group changes.

Black Rose Valkyrie

Black Rose Valkyrie was announced under the brand “Idea Factory International.” However, this is not Idea Factory International the publisher in North America and Europe. In an e-mail, a company spokesperson explained to Gematsu, “Idea Factory International is a brand under Idea Factory / Compile Heart, just like Galapagos RPG and Otomate are also their brands. For now, we don’t have any announcements with the game that they’re counting down to.”

Compile Heart launched a countdown website for Black Rose Valkyrie last week last week. It is now the game’s teaser website, and can be accessed here.

Watch a teaser trailer below.

Thanks, Famitsu.

Update 6:00 a.m.: Black Rose Valkyrie will launch for PlayStation 4 in Japan in 2016. Here are some new details:

Black Rose Valkyrie is a completely new RPG set in the first half of the 20th century where a hero, together with five heroines, battles monsters.

At first glance, it appears to be a retro military style orthodox story, but as a matter of fact, there is a traitor hiding among the heroines, and each time you play, the traitor is different.

The concept of day and night is key to the story. Some events only occur at certain times. Enemy strength and appearance rate also changes based on the time.

Interview Tidbits

  • Event scenes use Live2D technology.
  • During interview parts, you can investigate signs of treachery among your group. Apparently, if you don’t investigate properly, things won’t turn out very well.
  • Several different endings are being prepared.
  • It’s possible your favorite character ends up being a traitor, but you’ll get results appropriate to the actions you take as their commanding officer.
  • Battles use a turn-based command system where the order of actions changes based on the speed of the character. Add another little twist and you’ve got a system that you can really dig into.

Characters

  • Asahi Shiramine – The protagonist. A serious and hardworking person who gradually obtains the trust of his companions.
  • Ai Yakumo – A level-headed companion.
  • Runa Ichinomiya – The daughter of a large business conglomerate.
  • Amaru Franson – A girl who is always dressing up like a boy. She’s friendly and full of energy.
  • Kuu Franson – Amaru’s twin sister. She’s shy and isn’t good around men.
  • Yue Hiragi – A girl with a serious personality and the temperament of a genuine soldier.

Thanks, Hachima Kikou.

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  • Delicious Fried Chocobo

    As I thought a new IP, I hope its better than omega quintet atleast well it has to be since it isn’t about idols which kind of bored me tot he point I never finished, they got a tales of writer and artist this time, guess I’ll set my hype lvl to medium.

    Hum so I guess they took something from lost dimension, haha… this might be fun.

    • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEEpx5ZY5VAENROeMiIfWqQ TheMysticJira

      Will they included animated cutscenes like Tales of games?

      • Delicious Fried Chocobo

        I don’t think CH got that kind of budget, FFF ADF had a little bit of animation in its OP, but still I doubt its going to have real animated scenes.

        • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEEpx5ZY5VAENROeMiIfWqQ TheMysticJira

          Oh I see, well, still looking forward to this!

    • Vashe

      Yeah the story is not that great but the characters are funny. And for once, I die if I fight bosses unprepared. That never happened to me in Neptunia games (prior postgame). The fighting system is enjoyable (in hard mode)

  • Psycho Punch

    “Traitor” is a key word, and each time you play the game, the traitor among the group changes.

    I haven’t played the game yet, but it reminds me of Lost Dimension.

    • CurryField

      Same here, I’m actually looking forward to this

    • DrForbidden

      Hopefully it won’t be as awful or as low budget as Lost Dimension was.

      • Psycho Punch

        Is it bad?

        • DrForbidden

          I certainly thought it was. Maybe not ‘bad’, exactly, but I definitely did not enjoy playing it.

          • Budgiecat

            it was better than Neptunia 1 or Last Rebellion lol

            • Liam Sterk

              Hey! Those games’ combat systems were…

              Yeah, I got nothing.

            • DrForbidden

              Didn’t play either of those so I can’t comment on that.

              • Budgiecat

                well they were both a special kind of awful lol

                • DrForbidden

                  I’ll take your word for it and stay away, then.

  • UNIverse

    Surprised it wasn’t a new Agarest, guess that IP’s done for. Looks OK, but there’s not much to say yet.

  • Manny Being Manny

    Kinda neat how they grabbed the Tales guys. People crap on Idea Factory and Compile Heart but they’re starting to get some sway in the industry.

    • quodvadis

      The artist is not part of Bamco, he works on contract basis. IF just needed to sway enough yen in front of him, not the industry.

  • Fooey

    Lol Lost Dimension?

  • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEEpx5ZY5VAENROeMiIfWqQ TheMysticJira

    Any explanation about their glowing yellow eyes?

    • articuzwolf

      Their shadows

      • Bobby Jennings/GodlessChaos

        Haha

    • DrForbidden

      It’s just how they’re representing the traitorous version of the character.

  • charage

    Eh, never liked Tales of writing tbh.

  • Manny Being Manny

    And talk about confusing. TWO Idea Factory Internationals now? This one sounds like a sub-company they made to create games more appealing to foreign audiences I guess? But why name it the exact same as Idea Factorys western branch?

    • DrForbidden

      This. I got confused reading the article as well.

  • Psycho Punch

    Also, creators should stop using “Valkyrie” in their games unless they also have “Profile” next to it. It hurts so much to hope, you know. :(

    • delacroix01 .

      It’s just ヴァルキリー. Here they are using the German word for it.

  • http://www.gamerslive.fr/ Akuma

    Oh nice, Kosuke Fujishima for chara design :) Also, seeing another story of virus destroying mankind, rpg tactical action, i can’t stop thinking it’ll be a boosted Omega Quintet^^

  • Learii

    their first valkyrie game i can’t wait i just hope is not a SRPG or STRATEGY game

    • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEEpx5ZY5VAENROeMiIfWqQ TheMysticJira

      Judging by the scan, and I think it will play like Omega Quintet

      • Learii

        oh that like Neptuina then?

  • Kao

    “a protagonist and five heroines”..well, not super fond of harems but anything is better than idols. That traitor system is sounding exactly like dimensions.

    • Delicious Fried Chocobo

      one of them might be a guy but all those legs on the teaser side did look feminine, screens are too small to see if it is a girl or a boy.
      need to wait till more info to be sure.

      • Delicious Fried Chocobo

        Oh nevermind it boy after all guess my trap censor was right, this is CH, they don’t like 3/4 girls 3 guys kind of party setup cuz less waifus.

        • Vashe

          I’d prefer some mixed party with love interests or triangles. That’s why I like JRPG like FF6-10, Tales of (except Zestiria), Wild arms… There is always some love interest involved. Harems ruin games and animes imo… I’m ok with ecchi, moe,… but not harems :(

      • Vashe

        Asahi Shiramine – The protagonist. A serious and hardworking person who gradually obtains the trust of his companions.

        The 5 other people are girls.

        • Delicious Fried Chocobo

          yeah I just read that :P

  • Kero

    Whoa, a standard JRPG from CH without a bishoujou direction. This is unusual.

    Looking forward to it.

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      what game are you looking at? Because this is DEFINITELY the “bishoujo” direction, and nothing “standard” about it. FFF was the only “standard” RPG from CH in recent days

  • WhyWai

    so many games with Valkyrie in their name recently.. lol
    the premise of random traitor doe seem interesting.

    • Davorbasic

      Its a rip off of lost dimensions

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Small screens, can’t tell if nice garfields.

  • quodvadis

    That trailer is worthless. Why do those companies even bother allocating budget making these kind of “teaser trailers”.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      Lol what is this post? Please tell me you are joking thinking that a trailer is big money

      • quodvadis

        Please don’t tell me you think that the word ‘budget’ always equal big money. It’s not, however, making one indeed costs them money/labor, regardless how small, and it’s not worth it for something like that trailer.

        And please don’t tell me you find that trailer anything but worthless.

        By the way, some trailers DO indeed require big money, just not something like this.

    • PuppetMaster

      Why? For teasing of course, that is the purpose of “teaser trailers” and i don’t think they spent a lot of money for making teaser trailers either.

  • Pastmaster

    RIP Neptunia

    • Budgiecat

      I still see remnants of its design though

      uninspired lazy VN story scenes
      harem bait
      battle engine will probably be similar
      no doubt the rpg worlds will also probably be similar to that of a 2D world map and empty dungeons…

      well at least they picked a new artist….

      • CirnoTheStrongest

        when was Nep ever harem bait except the idol/noire game which were both spinoffs..???

      • Elvick

        At least it’s Live2D. Could be worse.

      • ayanami-chan

        All of those are correct except for the harem bait

        • Budgiecat

          one guy traveling with all female companies?

          • ayanami-chan

            What one guy

            • Budgiecat

              I dunno maybe Im not paying attention to this article but isnt the premise of this game a MC with female party companions? :p

              • ayanami-chan

                Yeah totally, but not Neptunia of which you compared

    • http://t.co/hs9uhabkCx nekogenesis

      neptunia isn’t dead lol
      they just did an interview awhile ago with the creator
      http://www.tech-gaming.com/qa-with-neptunias-naoko-mizuno/

  • Vashe

    I really hope they get rid of all these “Please kill 5 monsters” type of quest that are present in all their games.

    I love CH games because of the silly humor and “JRPG gameplay” but man, I hate all these stupid repetitive quests (Neptunia games, FFF, Omega Quintet, always the same)

    • Pastmaster

      Let that be a thing in the past. Time for a new era. Leave Neptunia/FFF PS3 era and begin a different PS4 era with this and a comeback from Otomate.

      • Budgiecat

        lol “Galapagos RPG” is still a thing? They need to drop that stupid xenophobic title :p

  • Zazon Zenzy

    So, a game where we can have randomly selected traitor among the party and become the final boss (pure speculation), totalling to 5 final bosses… I’m cool as long as it’s not randomized, although I know, it’s not confirmed how it works yet :(

  • Budgiecat

    cant trust these bitches n’ hoes in muh harem

  • Renaldi Saputra

    so it’s a traitor game?

  • Peacenutman

    So it’s like Lost Dimension?

  • http://fav.me/d3k2f2f G3n3raL86

    Compa desu? Interesting:)

  • PuppetMaster

    “Event scenes use Live2D technology”

    Another Time and Eternity? xD

    Well the concept looks interesting especially with Kosuke Fujishima as chara design.

    But need more info since i’m not a fans of Compile Heart / Idea Factory games…

  • Uncle Stoopnixie

    Interesting, i actually like the Compile heart RPGs, they’re simple and just fun to get trought.

    Also that traitor thing remind me of Lost Dimension.

  • Hidayat246

    >> character design by Kosuke Fujishima

    I don’t know how he can balance his live between working as mangaka & game character design

  • OlimacFTW

    Meh. Another harem RPG.

    • Serph

      Well, it’s CH.

    • Hayate Omega ZX (Sora Sen)

      With traitors :p

  • Zeria

    So it’s basically Valkyrie Chronicles meets Lost Dimension?
    …well, Compile Heart haven’t steered me wrong yet so, as skeptical I am, I’ll keep an open mind and probably end up buying it.

  • Cael

    Kuu and Yue are twins? They look absolutely nothing like each other. Boo!

    • XiaomuArisu

      They do exist twins which dont look the same at all

  • Nightcore34

    The traitor is different, sounds a lot like that game on the PS3/Vita, I have totally forgotten the name.

    • Mexikado

      Lost Dimension?

      • Nightcore34

        It is, I looked down and saw people naming that. I didn’t play the game so the name vanished in my mind.

  • Taiga571

    The girls’ bodies sure are very well-covered for a Compile Heart game :D

    • Hayate Omega ZX (Sora Sen)

      Blasphemy

  • Eka Lee

    the only exciting thing about this game is the designs, i love fujishima kousuke and i’ve followed his works for years. they must’ve paid him a big sum of money to lower himself designing for a c-class game company like compile hearts that only made disgusting games that only attract lonely and horny gamers. such a shame. he should’ve worked on the latest sakura taisen thou, but… compile hearts… i don’t even need to know how this game is gonna be, they only cater to perverts

    • X-Bone

      Your opinion, in my opinion, is pretty disgusting to read.

      • kristijanEX

        But that doesn’t mean he isn’t right. He is.

        • http://discord.me/otakuheaven Esura

          No he’s not.

          • kristijanEX

            Yeahhhhhhhheis.

            • http://discord.me/otakuheaven Esura

              Alright, think whatever you want. Being ignorant is free I suppose.

              • kristijanEX

                Being wrong is also free and you’re a pretty cheap guy.

                • https://twitter.com/Pekolachi Pekola

                  Don’t keep doing this. You’re instigating.

                  • kristijanEX

                    I could say the same about you, except I’m more stubborn about it.

                    • https://twitter.com/Pekolachi Pekola

                      You’ve been warned. Knock it off, both of you.

            • kandori

              What the hell word even is that? Did your arm fat drape across the keyboard as you were typing?

              • kristijanEX

                I have no arm fat, I wish I did, at least I could work that into muscle.

        • Luna Kazemaru

          I mean if you wanna be a piece of shit sure you can think he is right lol

    • http://discord.me/otakuheaven Esura

      I’m curious though, why do anytime someone shits on Compile Hearts they got to shit on their fanbase too? I’m not lonely, though I’m a horny fellow but there’s more explicit material for me that cater to that thirst than IF/CH games. Why is the idea that some folks just like the games just because the games are fun such a damn foreign concept to people?

    • XiaomuArisu

      “What do you do in your spare time?”
      “I insult gamers online, especially if they like different games then me! “

    • kiri25

      Opinions are great XD Tho alot of gamers are horny and its not just CH that focus on pervert as NIS, Square, D3P, KoeiTecmo and Bamco thrive on those horny gamers. KT especially with its three DOA5 season passes for $93 each. Can only wonder how they’ll use DLC for DOAX 3 to feed off those pervy gamers.

      As for the lonly part that applies to all games and cant be subjective to one dev. Tho from my experience most fans of CH i’ve meet in NA are not lonely. Tho iguess the lonely ones i would nvr meet b/c they nvr leave the house lol tho again that can be any game tho i find more lonely ppl seem to lose themselves in MMO’s of any genre.

    • commodorewheeler

      You talk as if being a pervert is a bad thing.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      Well aren’t you just a piece of shit

    • https://twitter.com/Pekolachi Pekola

      Oh gosh. Go read the rules. Any more comments like these are a no-no.

  • Hatsuaki

    Tales designer and Tales writers… This could be interesting, kind of depends how good the gameplay will be to me.

  • Traingham

    Either I’ve seen this commercial before, or the music in this trailer has been used somewhere else in the past.

  • SgtFrog

    wow CH manage to bring miyajima as writer.. hopefully it will turn decent just like vesperia and symphonia

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Different traitor? That’s like Lost Dimension. Kinda a lame concept

    • yo1234

      lame? Lol.
      But it isn’t anything exciting right now since lost dimension is so recent.

      • FitzpatrickPhillips

        It’s a lame concept in general. There should be one written traitor for the story to flow normally, like Dangan Ronpa or something. Or any game with a spy character.

        • Hayate Omega ZX (Sora Sen)

          Well Hugh supposedly always is the 1st traitor at least the 1st playthrough IIRC if that helps

        • yo1234

          I still don’t understand your reasoning behind this. How is having multiple story paths such a downside? I could understand if this made the game bland like Skyrim. But you have no idea if that’s true or not. I kind of like the idea that I can replay the game and have someone else as the enemy.

          • FitzpatrickPhillips

            You make it sound like its gonna be a whole different path depending who the traitor is. Its probably just gonna be randomized like LD and have no large impact on the story at all which means the impact to the player won’t be as large.

            Much more different from something like Criminal Girls 2 where the whole “There is a traitor among us” drives the story and makes things a lot more interesting because there is only one true traitor, which matters to the story and other character relations. Its written to actually matter.

  • TheOneandOnlyGamer

    I love the designs and the darker story. As for the traitor among you and being different each time? As others have said it sounds like Lost Dimension so I will see as more information comes out.

  • DarthBrian

    Sounds like the game has a lot of choice and consequence. Sounds right up my alley. :)

    I love Fujishima’s art too. <3

  • Davorbasic

    Sigh another mediocre game to be made by CH and Idea F*ck

    • Hime☆Sama★

      Just ignore it and move on,then…?

  • DesmaX

    So, “Idea Factory International” means they’re targeting western audiences?

  • MrKappa

    Random traitor system with multiple endings? No thank you.
    Didn’t like it in Lost Dimension and I know for certain I will not like it anywhere else. I’ll keep an eye on this game none the less but I believe my mind is already made up to pass on it regardless.

  • Dnetwork7

    Yup day one.

  • Zuhri69

    “A hero, together with five heroine” –

    God damn it, almost had me!

    Regardless, I’ll keep an eye out on this. Was never really a fan of compile hearts games but this one looks quite interesting.

  • Taiga571

    Kinda odd seeing people think of Lost Dimension at the sight of word “traitor”, while the first thing came into my mind was… Xillia XD

    (But of course, that was until I saw the word “random”)

    • Nightcore34

      Oh yeah, Alvin. I looked at your comment thinking “What?, Traitor?” but now I remember.

    • Uncle Stoopnixie

      theres a traitor in every single jrpg, its kind of an unoficial rule of the genre.

    • Kao

      It’s not the traitor alone, it’s the mechanic of having a different traitor in different playthroughs.

  • OverlordZetta

    I’m surprised at all the LD complaints.

    It’s a cool idea. Why limit it to the one game that thought of it first?

    • Nightcore34

      I have no problem with it, just i’d have preferred them to create a new premise themselves.

      • OverlordZetta

        Very few developers are capable of something like that, in all fairness.

        I’d rather see a cool idea spread and get refined than no one try again because it’d be considered copying them.

  • ayanami-chan

    “hero, together with five heroines”

    interest falling…

    • kristijanEX

      Same here.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/TheViledinner?feature=mhee 𝐸𝓋𝒾𝓁 𝒜𝓈𝒸𝑒𝓃𝒹𝒶𝓃𝓉

    Now this is something I’m instantly looking forward to :)

  • Satoshi Ookami

    Hopefully, I will play this Lost Dimension this time.

  • SMTGamer

    I wanna buy this for Budgie

  • Arcade Bumstead

    This is way too cool of a concept for Compile Heart

  • Krystallis Novus

    I do love that Compile Hearts are making more mature media now with this and Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force.

  • Chestnut Bowl

    Glad to see CH is maturing as a company. Looking forward to more info.

    • Vyse Legendaire

      Proof?

  • Hayate Omega ZX (Sora Sen)

    The traitor changes each time? So…
    Lost Dimension?

  • RagnoSaki

    Different Traitor each time i play? I need this localized now.

  • Liam Sterk

    Liking Fujishima as artist on this. That’s awesome.

    Alternate history? I’m all aboard this train… Even though I doubt it’ll be half as interesting as the Shadow Hearts alt World War setting was.

  • https://www.behance.net/cobaltcomet KOKAYI5

    I’m not getting my hopes up if we’ll never get to play it in the States.

  • Arturia Saber

    traitor, remind me of lost dimension

  • Mattey

    Seems like a “darker” version of Atelier lol