Dokidoki Groove Works, developers of Valkyrie Antomia: The Origin, have posted a number of job listings relating to a large-scale PlayStation 4 RPG, which have been translated by Gematsu. The listings state that the project will be using the Unreal Engine 4 and is scheduled to start in August or September time.
The attention-grabbing opportunity is titled “New PS4 Game Development Project Begins! Make a Hit that Captivates the World” After the brief description, Dokidoki Groove asks: “Won’t you create an interesting game with us that will take players by surprise?”
Available positions on the project include planners, programmers, sound designers, graphic artists, and operations planners. This makes it a much bigger project than the studio has handled before.
Dokidoki Groove Work’s past titles have mostly revolved around programming, UI and script for handheld or mobile games including Cendrillon palikA for Nintendo Switch and Chouchou Jiken Rhapsodic for PlayStation Vita.
One of its most recent and notable projects is Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin, a smartphone game based on Square Enix’s Valkyrie Profile RPG series. It was fully involved in this project and handled the planning, development, operation, and data checks for the game. Some fans have speculated that the upcoming RPG may well be related to the same franchise.
Valkyrie Profile is a Japanese role-playing series based on Norse mythology and published by Square Enix. It began with Valkyrie Profile for the PlayStation back in 1999. Since then, we’ve seen a sequel, Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria, released for the PlayStation 2 in 2006. After this, the game went to handheld, with Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume for Nintendo DS in 2008 and Dokidoki Groove Work’s mobile title in 2016.
With this history, it seems likely that this new PS4 project heralds the series going back to its original roots on PlayStation consoles.
Dokidoki Groove Work was established back in 2013 and is undergoing some major changes right now. It opened a Kyoto branch back in May, as well as expanded the Osaka branch. There are even said to be plans to list the company in the stock market in 2020. This project may well be the reason for the expansion.
Currently, no concrete details of the project are available. However, this will be one to keep an eye out for.