SEGA has today announced the autumn release of Valkyria Chronicles, a fresh take on the traditional role-playing genre. Developed internally by SEGA Game Studios Japan, Valkyria Chronicles combines strategy elements of tactical RPGs with real-time action sequences all presented using innovative watercolour-style visuals.

The game is set in a fictitious continent reminiscent of 1930s Europe - divided in two and ruled by the Empire and the Federation. Players follow the story of a hero named Welkin and his fellow soldiers of the Federation's 7th Platoon as they engage in a series of epic battles.

"Valkyria Chronicles has been enthusiastically requested by European fans" said Gary Knight, European Marketing Director SEGA Europe ltd. "The unique graphics and compelling gameplay are just two reasons why we're delighted to bring it to them."

Valkyria Chronicles is scheduled for release only for PlayStation 3 in the autumn.