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Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack

Later this month, Inti Creates will be bringing the Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack to Switch. Both entries in the series will be distributed on the eShop.

Speaking of the eShop, the Japanese store has a few screenshots of the Striker Pack. We’ve included them below.

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The Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack is dropping later this month on Switch. In Japan, Inti Creates is gearing up for a limited edition. We now have a look at the full contents.

The Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack Limited Edition will feature a special box and a copy of the game. Inti Creates is also including the OVA on DVD and a new drama CD.

At least in Japan, the new Switch version of Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack is seeing a physical release. Get a look at the boxart below.

And here a couple of additional shots showing the inside and back:

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Inti Creates made two announcements last week. The first is that the Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack is coming to Switch, while Mighty Gunvolt Burst is in the works for both Switch and 3DS.

USgamer spoke with Inti Creates CEO Takuya Aizu following the news. For Azure Striker Gunvolt, Aizu spoke about how the Striker Pack came to be on Switch and confirmed that they’re trying to release a physical version in the west. Aizu also confirmed that Mighty Gunvolt Burst will be adding more characters and spoke about how Mighty No. 9 isn’t a direct influence on the game.

Read up on these comments from Aizu below. You can find USgamer’s full piece here.

Yacht Club Games is committed to starting work on something entirely new this year. The studio will finally be moving on from the original Shovel Knight, which released way back in June 2014.

Shovel Knight could still be in Yacht Club Games’ future though. Yacht Club Games programmer David D’Angelo informed GamesIndustry that the team is trying to decide between creating something new within the Shovel Knight franchise and a new IP.

D’Angelo explained:

“We’ve talked about wanting to extend the Shovel Knight franchise. How about we make Shovel Knight 2, or Super Shovel Knight, or Shovel Knight 64? Maybe we could take Shovel Knight through the ages, that is something that is very appealing to us. But also, we are all very burned out on Shovel Knight for sure, so we thought: ‘What if we made a new IP? What would that look like?’

“The true reason we made Shovel Knight a 1980s-style game is because we wanted to cram as much fun gameplay into it as possible. And to us, if we could limit the burden on the art style, then we could iterate and really put in loads of enemies, objects, bosses, and everything you can imagine. I think that idea will remain pretty central to our studio, no matter what. You won’t see us making The Last of Us anytime soon.”

Also worth noting, we have an update on the performance of the Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack that Yacht Club Games published in North America. Although it apparently wasn’t as successful as the company had hoped, the firm’s distributors as well as GameStop say it exceeded expectations.

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Yesterday, we published our interview with Inti Creates about the Azure Striker Gunvolt series as a whole. We’re following up on that today with a specific interview with Yacht Club Games about the Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack.

During our discussion, Yacht Club was kind enough to take on some questions regarding the package’s origins, its status in Europe, where the amiibo integration in Gunvolt 2 came from, and more. Head past the break for all of the company’s comments.

We finally have some news about the Azure Striker Gunvolt Striker Pack for Europe. In case you didn’t know, the Striker Pack contains both Azure Striker Gunvolt games in one retail package. The pack’s release in Europe has been unclear for a while, but it seems like we finally have clarity now.

Today, the Azure Striker Gunvolt Striker Pack was rated by PEGI, meaning it was cleared for release in most European countries – and the rating lists Yacht Club Games as the publisher, who are also publishing the pack in North America. Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 was released on the European eShop yesterday – the Striker Pack doesn’t have a release date yet, but it hopefully shouldn’t take much longer.

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The Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack has been delayed slightly. It was originally set for September 30, but will now arrive on October 4.

As for Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, that’s still on track. The digital release remains planned for September 29.

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Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack publisher Yacht Club Games put up an official post with a little more information on the upcoming physical 3DS release.

First, let’s get a few key things out of the way. The boxart is attached above. To reiterate, you’ll be able to pick up the dual package on September 30 for $29.99.

And the trailer:

Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack is still technically just confirmed for North America even though it’s been rated in Australia. Regarding Europe, Yacht Club said to “stay tuned”, and added: “We’re highly encouraging Inti Creates to make a retail release a reality in Europe as well. So be sure to tell them you think the same!”

Lastly, Yacht Club wrote the following about publishing:

A real bolt from the blue, right!? When we said we were a publisher last year, we bet you didn’t expect that we’d be publishing other companies’ games! Neither did we! Honestly, we never thought we’d be jumping further into the realm of publishing. However, Inti Creates saw Shovel Knight’s physical release and reached out to us to see if we’d be interesting in doing the same for Gunvolt. We couldn’t say no…we love the games they make! Heck, Mega Man 9 was one of our biggest inspirations for Shovel Knight! We were so impressed by the latest Gunvolt 2 as well! The new high-flying playable character Copen is a real blast to play.

So yes, the Yacht Club Games crew has joined the world of physical publishing. Once again, we’re getting a big helping hand from our distributor U&I Entertainment who will be shipping the game out to stores for us. We couldn’t be more honored to join forces with Inti Creates and bring their signature style of action games to players everywhere. As always, we take on surprises like this because of our passion and excitement to see it happen…it’s all about bringing everyone more rad games! We hope everyone who loved Shovel Knight and is interested in a big leap from 8-bit will give Gunvolt a try. We think you’ll all love all the awesome 2D platforming excitement.

This is a new adventure for us, and we couldn’t be more grateful to have all of you, the talented team at Inti Creates, and the amazing team at U&I at our backs to help us bring more 2D action games to store shelves!

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When Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 heads to Japan on August 25, Inti Creates will be offering a special package version with the first game included. Although we did hear about interest in having it available in the west as well, there wasn’t anything too concrete to go on… until now.

Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack has now been rated in Australia. Even more interesting is that Shovel Knight creator Yacht Club Games is listed as publisher. Now that the Australian listing has surfaced, hopefully we’ll see an announcement soon!

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