Compile Heart has updated the official website for Black Rose Valkyrie, its newly announced PlayStation 4 RPG featuring character design by Kosuke Fujishima and a scenario by Takumi Miyajima, with a character trailer.
Here’s an overview of the game’s story, via Weekly Famitsu No. 1418:
1818. A huge meteorite fell to earth.
An unknown virus was discovered from the meteorite, which was given the nickname “Black Garnet.” In exchange for giving the infected enhanced intelligence and might above that of a human being, it eats into their minds and flesh, and before long turns them into an inhuman “Chimera.” This virus, [which broke out in 1929] and was named the “Chimera Virus,” caused a global pandemic and three percent of humanity’s total population was lost.
In this state of crisis, the country chose a plan of “national isolation,” and blocked the virus’ entry from the outside. The “Special Force Valkyrie” was formed within the Secret Military Agency ACID (Anti Chimera Intercept Division) organized to counter the pressing threat.
“Asahi Shiramine” was chosen as the commanding officer of the newly established Special Force Valkyrie. On his way to the base, Asashi successfully pushed back a Chimera assault with the help of his group members that rushed to the scene, proving his usefulness to the force in his first battle. It was a heated victory for Asahi and company. However, a harsh fate awaits him ahead of his victory, one that Asahi and company would not yet have known at that time…
Here’s the information published on the official website:
In 1929, a mysterious phenomenon suddenly occurred that changed a great number of humans into inhuman “Chimera.”
The cause was a meteor that fell in the past, given the name “Black Garnet,” which brought an unknown virus.
The “Chimera Virus,” as it was named, caused a global pandemic, and the human race lost three percent of its total population.
Japan responded to this state of emergency by invoking a policy of “national isolation” to block the virus from entering from the outside. Additionally, in order to intercept the Chimera that remain within the country, the Secret Military Agency ACID (Anti Chimera Intercept Division) was formed.
Time moved on, and in order to exterminate the Chimera that threaten its people now, the Secret Military Agency ACID formed the Special Force Valkyrie.
A “Chimera” is a person or animal that has become a monster through a gene reconstruction caused by the unknown virus named the “Chimera Virus.”
The Chimera Virus gives the infected enhanced intelligence and might above that of a human being, but on the other hand eats into their minds and flesh, and before long turns them into an inhuman Chimera.
Chimera attack people and infect them with the virus from wounds, thus creating one new Chimera after the other.
Those that are infected with the virus and may become a Chimera are known as the “Chimera Reserves.”
Valkyrie is the code-name for the anti-Chimera weapons “T-C-S.”
Given that only those selected to the system can handle the weapons, they were given the code-name “Valkyrie.”
As it’s a mass of steel, ordinary people cannot wield T-C-S, but the authentication apparatus and medication from the Valkyrie enhances the body, making the weapons possible to handle.
However, the medication is reinforcement medicine with strong side effects, and other than those selected to the system, the medicine would be rejected by the organs and cause the body and mind to collapse, and the personality to split.
Black Rose Valkyrie is due out for PlayStation 4 in Japan in 2016.
Watch the trailer below. View a set of artworks at the gallery.
Characters Featured in the Trailer
- Asashi Shiramine – The protagonist. A serious and hardworking person who gradually obtains the trust of his companions.
- Ai Yakumo – Among the members of the Force, she is the most mindful of her comrades. She is the peacemaker of the group.
- Luna Ichinomiya – The daughter of a high-power, big three conglomerate. Because of her prestigious upbringing, she’s less likely to take action that deviates from common sense.
- Yue Hiragi – A serious girl with a pure military temperament. Because of her loyalty, she can sometimes exhibit inflexible stubbornness.
- Amal Franson – A friendly and energetic girl. She dresses like a man and insists she’s a man, but rather than the conduct of a man, she often exhibits childlike behavior.
- Coo Franson – In contrast to her twin sister Amal, Coo is shy and not good with men. Her specialties include data analysis.