For those of you into Valkyrie Profile and tri-Ace's other games like myself, you might be interested in hearing that while the announcement was planned to made at the upcoming Jump Festa, news leaked out a bit early and tri-Ace's new project is a sequel to Valkyrie Profile, or rather, a prequel taking place several hundred years before the events of Valkyrie Profile, starring the younger, softer Valkyrie Silmeria. It's going to be on PS2 (which marks the first time tri-Ace has managed to release THREE games for one console, haha), and the Japanese release is planned for 2006 (but tri-Ace is notorious for delays). Obviously, it's WAY too early to determine if there will be a US release or not, but I would say there are some factors that don't bode well for that (poor sales in the US for the first title, the late PS2 release, etc.) But, anyway, here's what you REALLY want to see:
Yes, it's frustrating that we only get bits and pieces of this page, but at least we get to see that the amazingly talented artists Kou & You Yoshinari are back. If you remember the destroyed city of Dipan in Valkyrie Profile, that other girl, Alicia, is the princess of that kingdom (and I speculate it's Silmeria's human form). There's also a 3D cinematic shot of the princess.
It'll also be interesting to see how this affects the collecting side of things. I wonder if it'll bump up the price of Valkyrie Profile even further. Similarly, assuming VP2 gets a US release, I wonder if it'll receive the same disappointing sales that result in a ridiculously high market value later on.