There's a strange land far away, where great games are developed and come out months early in some mysterious, incomprehendible language. I'm talking about Japan, of course.
I was shocked and horrified to learn that Valkyria Chronicles 3 will not be released in English. I loved Valkyria Chronicles 2 and it triumphed over Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII as my favourite PSP game. I loved the mix of turn-based strategy and third-person shooters and the story affected me deeply, especially at moments about friendship.
Operation Rainfall is making a lot of noise. Why not these guys? :(
Anyway, I have the Japanese version of the game, and you can download the demo from PSPDemoCenter. The theme of the game is darker, but maps from the previous game are recycled and so is the battle system. It doesn't make it any less boring though. It has plenty of nifty new features and most notable is the SP bar below the CP bar. You also choose routes to go through an area. There's also a Master Table at the Drill Grounds, but I couldn't work out what it's supposed to do since it's in Japanese. You can change any character to any type and don't even need to collect Credits to change types. So, an Armored Tech can become a Lancer easily You can deploy 9 units instead of 6 as in the previous game, but in the beginning you'll have to because there will be only nine people in your squad, called "The Nameless," or if you're formal, Squad 422. But I shouldn't spoil it any more than I already have done :P
See? Even one of the central characters gasped when she was told that she would not be able to speak English.
People have posted on the forums of NIS America, XSEED and Atlus USA asking them to help localize the game, and an XSEED employee said they would look into it. That's a good sign, but it could be XSEED's version of Nintendo's "No plans."
So, people who want to get this awesome game released in English, please likethis Facebook page here. It's the best we can do without spamming the Sega page, like Xenoblade fans did with Nintendo. It's an "Order!" :)