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Valkyria Chronicles II Community BLiTZ – Special Edition, Part IX: One step more

Tonight is one of many late nights that have become the norm here in the office lately. Often I find myself thinking at about 7 PM: “Why did I plan an update every single day?“, but each time the BLiTZ goes live and we get to see how much you guys are enjoying the content, it makes it entirely worth it.

(I’ve also no room to complain, as the development team over in Japan works even longer hours – I’m not sure how you guys do it, but as with all things, it really shows in the work you produce.)

Since I wasn’t able to update over the weekend like I’d hoped, I’m going to make today’s update one of the most special ones yet. Since we’re almost to the end, today we’re giving away four (count ’em!) new codes, including a Rappy sticker, a Rodin sticker from Bayonetta, alternate outfits for Zeri, Ali, and Cosette, and even a Robotnik sticker for all you Sonic the Hedgehog 4 fans.

We’re also happy to announce that you’ll be able to pick up our massive DLC Mission pack, featuring a whopping 22 missions, tomorrow on the PSN store for $4.99! Fans in the west also get a special deal here, as you’ll be getting an awesome value compared to the cost and the way these missions released in Japan.

Finally, tomorrow is going to be the big Finale to end the BLiTZ, and our friends over at the Official Playstation Blog have teamed up with us to give Valkyria some special coverage! We invite you to keep all eyes peeled to their blog tomorrow, as we give out our four final codes!

We hope you’ll all join us in supporting VCII’s DLC launch tomorrow – if you love the game already, there’s a ton more in store to add to the experience. Now then – on to today’s free codes!

Lotte Insider – Special Edition, Issue 14

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Today’s first code: Phantasy Star Zero Rappy Sticker!

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Lotte Insider – Special Edition, Issue 15

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Today’s second free code: Rodin Sticker (Hot!)

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Lotte Insider – Special Edition, Issue 16

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Today’s third free code: Alternative G Cadets

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Lotte Insider – Special Edition, Issue 17

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Today’s fourth free code: Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik Sticker

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One last hurrah

Join us for the last part of the BLiTZ tomorrow on the Playstation Blog! We’ll have four final codes to send flying your way, and alongside the release of our huge DLC pack, the BLiTZ will finally come to an end.

Until then – thanks for sticking with us every step of the way.

Here’s to the big finale!

 
   
   
 

Valkyria Chronicles II Community BLiTZ – Special Edition, part VIII

“Heed my words and know victory. Loose you fire, men! Annihilate our enemies!”

Woot! Finally, another new unlockable character in VCII! Today we have a special code to add one of the imperial princes of the empire, Maximilian, to your roster! Check out today’s issue of the Lotte Insider below for all the details.

Lotte Inside – Special Edition, Issue 13

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Today’s free code: Prince Maximilian + Imperial Flag Sticker

(Enter this in-game at the “Extras” section)

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Coming tomorrow

We’ve got a little love for a certain rappy in Phantasy Star Zero tomorrow, with a special unlockable tank sticker that is sure to put a little more Piiiiiiii in your treads. Or barrels. (You get the picture.)

Thanks for waiting eagerly, and we hope you guys liked today’s code – if so, as usual, give us shout in the comments below!

 
   
   
 

Valkyria Chronicles II Community BLiTZ – Special Edition, Part VII

Welcome to day seven of the Community BLiTZ – Special Edition! Combine seven with however long the original BLiTZ was (I lost track somewhere between the launch of VCII and PSP2), and that equals a whole lot of blog posts. And we’re not done yet!

Today we have another new sticker for you in the form of Alicia artwork from the first game! Now that Edy is no longer asking us every day when her sticker is going to release, we can finally relax a little.

Lotte Insider – Special Edition, Issue 12

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Today’s free code: Alicia Gunther Sticker

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Coming Tomorrow…

Tomorrow is going to be a good day. That’s all we’ll say for now – beyond confirming that yes, we will be unlocking another new character!

We’ll see you then!

P.S. Mrs. Gunther, could you send us some more bread sometime? Clumsy and Kellie ate all of the last batch!

(… Well, alright, I ate a little too. Maybe more than just a little.) In any case, we need more!

 
   
   
 

Valkyria Chronicles II Community BLiTZ – Special Edition, Part VI

Tuesday! That fateful day that finds us just after Monday and right before the middle of the week. (Random trivia: did you know that Tuesday actually got its name from the planet Mars? Really.)

Mars can step aside today, however, as Edy has arrived to hog the spotlight with today’s sticker! In addition, today we have a special bonus code for those of you who own Phantasy Star Portable II, which will unlock a special Edelweiss tank item for your room!

Lotte Insider – Special Edition, Issue 11

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Today’s free code: Edy Nelson Sticker

(Enter this in-game at the “Extras” section)

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Bonus Code – Edelweiss Room figurine in Phantasy Star Portable II!

Want to get your very own Edelweiss figurine in the latest PSP outing of Phantasy Star? You’re in luck! Enter in the following code at the Visiphone in your room to get the figure:

Bonus Phantasy Star Portable II Code: Edelweiss Room item:

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Coming Tomorrow

Tomorrow’s new sticker is done in a similar art style to today’s – only it includes a certain member of Squad 7 who dreamt of one day being a baker. Those of you who like codes should also keep an eye out for an exclusive Wall scroll code from Phantasy Star Portable II, which we’re going to put live later today!

Enjoy your time in the spotlight, Edy!

 
   
   
 

Valkyria Chronicles II Community BLiTZ – Special Edition, Part V

A new week begins – and whether that means the daily grind at work or the daily grind through classes, we’ve got two more codes today to help make Monday a little less… well, Monday.

If you haven’t seen Vanquish yet, you need to. Grab the demo on 360 or PS3 and check out what Shinji Mikami, his team, and the good folks over at Platinum Games are up to. Once you’ve played it, you can grab the first of today’s codes to go with it, adding another exclusive sticker to your selection.

As promised, another sticker is going out that should make a lot of other SEGA fans happy – myself included. Remember the blue rogues symbol that you can get in-game fairly early on? We’re happy to reveal that we’ve added a second Skies of Arcadia sticker to Valkyria Chronicles II, and this one is exclusive to the west!

Two more DLC missions are also revealed, and like the previous ones, they will all be included in a single DLC package.

Lotte Insider – Special Edition, Issue 9

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Today’s first free code: VANQUISH Sticker

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Lotte Insider – Special Edition, Issue 10

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Today’s second free code: Skies of Arcadia Sticker

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Coming Tomorrow

A famous artist is rumored to have just finished a new design based off of a certain idol from Squad 7. Whether her singing is music to your ears or sounds a bit like nails a chalkboard, there’s no denying that in her world, she thinks she’s number one. Fans of this idol, rejoice – because tomorrow’s sticker is a little tribute to her glory. (Even if it is self-appointed!)

Also, for those wondering whether or not there will be any more characters unlocked in the future – the answer is a definite yes.

We hope you guys enjoy today’s codes – especially you Skies fans out there!

 
   
   
 

Valkyria Chronicles II Community BLiTZ – Special Edition, Part IV

The weekend is almost here!

Today we have three special codes to pass out, all of which will unlock new Tank Stickers. Whether you’re a fan of Super Monkey Ball, a hardcore Yakuza player, or a Dreamcast junkie who has fond memories of a certain game called Crazy Taxi – we hope these codes will brighten your day and make for an awesome start to the weekend!

In addition to the codes, each issue of the Lotte Insider also reveals a new DLC mission that will be included in this month’s upcoming DLC pack!

Lotte Insider – Special Edition, Issue 6

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Today’s first free code: Super Monkey Ball Sticker

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Lotte Insider – Special Edition, Issue 7

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Today’s second free code: Crazy Taxi sticker

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Lotte Insider – Special Edition, Issue 8

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Today’s third free code: Yakuza Sticker

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Coming next week…

More codes, more stickers, more characters! Oh, and one sticker in particular that we think fans of a certain Dreamcast RPG will be pretty stoked to see. It’s a Valkyria Chronicles II exclusive in the western version, so be sure to visit back for more free codes next week!

If today’s stickers made your weekend a little better, let us know in the comments below!

 
   
   
 

Valkyria Chronicles II Community BLiTZ – Special Edition, Part III

Hey everyone, and welcome to Part III of our Community BLiTZ Special Edition! Today, as promised, we have two times the codes to make up for yesterday, one of which is going to make a whole lot of you very happy. And by very happy, I mean very, very, very, happy.

Sorry for not getting the blog up yesterday – as many of you may know, our other awesome game for the PSP, Phantasy Star Portable II, launched yesterday, and we had some fun time with the online servers getting ready until about 10 PM lastnight. I would have liked to post one lastnight, but it probably would have looked like I smashed my face against the keyboard a few times. Still, thanks for sticking with us as the last two days have been really busy due to that.

Finally, speaking of Phantasy Star Portable II, anyone who picks up the game here in the west will be able to unlock Emilia as a playable Armored Tech in VCII, and you’ll also get two special missions from the mercenary group Little Wing. Rumor has it that there might be some Valkyria Chronicles momentos hidden within PSP2, as well – time will tell!

Lotte Insider – Special Edition, Issue 4

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Today’s first free code: Sonic the Hedgehog sticker

(Enter this in-game at the “Extras” section)

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As with all previous editions of the Insider, Lotte also reveals another DLC mission that will be included in the pack this month. But that’s not all we have for you today…

Lotte Insider – Special Edition, Issue 5

There were a whole lot of comments on BLiTZ Part II when we asked about the characters you’d like to have with you from the first game again, but none quite so requested as a certain azure witch from the original Valkyria Chronicles.

Rejoice – because today, you can finally add Selvaria to your roster!

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Today’s second free code: Selvaria Bles + Witch Profile sticker

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Coming tomorrow…

With Selvaria released, we’ve still got more stickers and playable characters to unlock throughout the month. Join us again tomorrow evening for the next issue of the Lotte Insider!

If you’re stoked to finally have Selvaria playable – let us know in the comments below! Thanks again for waiting, and we hope you guys enjoy today’s codes!

 
   
   
 

Valkyria Chronicles II Community BLiTZ – Special Edition, Part II!

Happy Monday, folks! To help brighten your week, we’ve got another free unlockable code for VCII to start things off, a second edition of the Lotte Insider, and news on the second DLC mission that will be included in our DLC pack coming out later this month!

Lotte Insider – Special Edition, Issue 2

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Today’s free code: Gallian Military Sticker

(Enter this in-game at the “Extras” section)

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Bonus Challenge – Extra code

Today we have a special challenge for you guys – complete it, and we’ll hook you up with a second, bonus code, complete with another edition of the Lotte Insider!

  • Tell us in the comments section below which characters from the first game you would most like to have again as part of your Squad in VCII. You can pick any character from the first game!

If we get over 100 comments from fans telling us the favorite characters you’d like to see again, we’ll update this blog with a second code, which will unlock one such character from the first game as a playable member of your squad in VCII!

You can only comment once, and you have until 11:00 PM Pacific time tonight to hit 100 comments. Spread the word and work together, and let’s see how fast you guys can accomplish it! (P.S.: A rank = within 2 hours of this blog going live.)

BONUS COMPLETE!

Rank: A!

Well done everyone! As promised, here’s a special extra edition of the Lotte Insider today, and with it, a code to unlock Welkin’s best friend – Faldio!

Bonus Reward

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Unlock Faldio as a playable character:

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P.S. – Selvaria fans, your day will come!

Coming tomorrow…

As another awesome game launches on the PSP tomorrow, we’re going to have another edition of the Lotte Insider, a new code for everyone to download, and more Valkyria goodness! The release day and cost for the massive DLC pack will also be revealed soon!

Good luck with today’s challenge!

 
   
   
 

Valkyria Chronicles II Community BLiTZ – Special Edition, Part I!

Welcome back to a surprise special edition of the VCII Community BLiTZ! After the amazing reception we had from you guys here on the blogs, we wanted to keep you up to speed on how Valkyria is doing, both in reviews and in stores, and let you know how you can help the war effort keep pushing forward.

First off, let’s talk about the reviews. What do the critics (and gamers) think of VCII?

  • Destructoid gave it a rocking 9.5 and an Editor’s Choice, writing “A new story, battle improvements, new troops, and a ton of missions are exactly what Valkyria Chronicles fans were asking for.”

Right now, the game is averaging a score of 81 on Metacritic, which is fantastic – here’s to hoping that number will rise even higher.

The first week

We’re happy to announce that Valkyria’s first week in stores was a good one, with fans all across the US picking up the game both physically and digitally. The game is also now available in the UK, so for all of you who spend with pounds instead of dollars, get out there and grab a copy!

We’d like to thank everyone who did their part, and likewise to urge those who haven’t picked it up yet to do so – the first battle went very well, but the war is far from over. Every copy picked up helps us prove that Valkyria Chronicles is a series that deserves even more attention here in the west, and it’s a cause that many of us here are happy to fight for.

New VCII DLC coming out this month!

We’ve mentioned in the past that there was DLC planned here in the west, but today we’re happy to specify that DLC will actually be arriving this month! All of it will be coming together in one huge pack, and we’ll have details on how many missions that pack will give you, as well as the cost next week!

The value you’ll get for the missions in the pack is huge, and today we’re going to unveil the first mission included in the DLC pack, as well as give away a special free code for all of you who need a little more Squad 7 love in your team!

Lotte Insider – Special Edition, Issue I

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Code to Unlock Isara Gunther + Isara’s Dream Sticker:

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The first of the DLC missions included in our pack will also take you back to Mellvere – though the challenge will be unlike any you remember from the initial campaign!

More Winners!

Who scored that one-of-a-kind signed Developments Artbook from the Valkyria Chronicles Team? Give your congrats to user mowmow, who wrote:

“From the bottom of my heart I thank you so much for bring Valkyria chronicles to the US, and I hope there will be more of this Series to come. I will continue to try and put the word out so that everyone can play these games.”

You rock, mowmow – thanks for helping spread the word!

Coming next week

Check back in next Monday as the Special Edition BLiTZ continues on, with news on the second DLC mission you’ll get in the upcoming pack, and another new code for a special, unlockable tank sticker! Every day next week we’re going to be giving away a new code for something special!

Rumor has it that fans of a certain azure witch from the original Valkyria Chronicles should also keep their eyes peeled next week – we’ve got all sorts of awesome lined up to say thank you for supporting VCII.

If you’re excited about the DLC, the unlockable characters, or the new stuff to come, drop us a line in the comments below.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 
   
   
 

Valkyria Chronicles II Community BLiTZ – Finale: Succeeded Wish

(Before you start reading this blog, we recommend getting this music playing in the background!)

Finally, the release day has come. As Valkyria Chronicles II ships to stores across the US, the long wait for the sequel to the PS3 masterpiece is over.

Writing a new, lengthy piece for the BLiTZ each day has been a challenge, but one always made worth it by the amazing responses we get from you guys – the fans. We hope you’ve enjoyed the stream of info, pictures, and prizes just as much as we enjoy seeing your excitement.

We have a very special finale today to say thank you to all the fans. For following us from day 1, for supporting great titles like Valkyria Chronicles, and for getting out there to pick up and also support the second game – here is our tribute to you.

A special message for the fans – from the Valkyria Chronicles devs

Just after we began the BLiTZ, I put in a rather selfish request to the developers over in Japan, asking them if they would like to take part in our final day of the BLiTZ and write a message to the fans. The request itself was on very short notice, and I had actually only expected maybe one or two members of the dev team to write back.

Instead, they found time amidst their busy schedule to write something very special for all of you. And not just one – but a great many of them, each responsible for something unique within the series, all took time out of their day to create the following messages, just for the Valkyria Chronicles fans in the west. And here they are:

Their messages, and their role in the team:

Shinji Motoyama                  Chief Producer

We’ll be waiting for you in the new battlefield!

Takanobu Yoshino                Localization Director

Try collecting all the medals with Avan and his comrades.

Hope you like Vario!

Kazuhiro Matsuta                 Chief Programmer

We put in all you can ever want for a portable game.

Thank you for supporting Valkyria Chronicles II!

Hirotaka Kanazawa              Chief Artist

The new Valkyria Chronicles is loaded with new tanks, weapons, characters, and so much more!

Protect Gallia with your one and only Class G!

(JP message: Protect the homeland!)

Shuntaro Tanaka                  Chief Adviser

Valkyria is back!

Takeshi Ozawa                    Original Director

All Valkyria fans are my fellow comrades!!

Kohei Yamashita                  Chief Game Designer

Valkyria is THE strategy game of the century.

You’ll find out that it’s worth 100 times what you pay for, so you gotta play it!

Daisuke Tabayashi               Setting Designer

All Valkyria fans, here we go! Make way for Edelweiss!!

…Sorry, you don’t have Edelweiss this time.  But you get to customize your tank to the limits!  The magnificent world of Valkyria Chronicles and the BLiTZ system are greater than ever, so get ready for some fun!

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Akio Horii                            Map Designer

Thank you very much for supporting Valkyria Chronicles!!

And thank you, to everyone above, for taking the time to write those messages.

A call to action

As the day arrives, we hope that everyone will do their part to support the series. Whether that’s simply picking up the game, telling your friends about it, or even cosplaying VC at PAX this week – every little things helps, and collectively as fans, we can move mountains when we all do even just a little.

Thank you to the many who are already doing that – and to everyone who plans to pick up or download a new copy of the game to support Valkyria Chronicles!

A super rare finale prize!

We’ve saved the best for last. Today, we’re going to give away the huge Japanese Development Works artbook, which is worth over $60 alone and is a masterpiece filled with art and design concepts from the entire first game. Massive is an understatement.

But this one is special. This artbook has also been signed by those above – the Japanese development team, and the back inside cover has both messages from them and even a sketch of the Edelweiss all drawn onto it. To date, only two of these exist in all of the US – and you can win this one.

  • To win the artbook, write a message here for the Valkyria Chronicles dev team. Make it as short or as long as you want – and let them know what you think of Valkyria Chronicles, and what the series means to you.

We’ll draw one winner at random from here on the blogs, and they’ll get one amazingly rare piece of merchandise to add to their collection!

What comes next

As the BLiTZ finishes on our end, it passes on to all of you – to the world of Valkyria Chronicles II that you can now experience, and to the battles, characters, and story that awaits.

Our support for Valkria Chronicles II is far from over, and we’ll be back soon with even more news on the upcoming DLC for the game, and some special codes to unlock new content – some exclusive to the west!

On behalf of all of our teams, thank you for joining us through the entire Community BLiTZ. If you liked it, please let us know!

Happy Valkyria Chronicles II day everyone – we hope you’ll love the game!

 
   
   
 


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