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Azure Striker Gunvolt

Azure Striker Gunvolt is nearing completion. The game’s Twitter account posted a message today confirming that development will finish “soon.”

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Azure Striker Gunvolt is due out sometime this summer.

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Inti Creates shared photos of Gunvolt and Lumen’s prototype design during Azure Striker Gunvolt’s early days of development. Check it out below:


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Keiji Inafune met with Inti Creates CEO Takuya Aizu earlier today to discuss a few items pertaining to Azure Striker Gunvolt.

According to the game’s official Twitter account, Gunvolt will be modified in the US version once again so that the character’s braided hair will be kept in tact. This was originally removed from the Japanese version – as shown above.

The Azure Striker Gunvolt Twitter account also touched on Gunvolt’s midriff:


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According to Inti Creates CEO Takuya Aizu, the studio is still working on the character design for Azure Striker Gunvolt.

Aizu told Siliconera:

“During the development of Gunvolt, we researched what kind of design would appeal to boys between the ages of 10 and 14—who we assume will be the game’s main purchasers—in North America. As a result, we changed Gunvolt’s design, because braided hair and a bare midriff were unpopular among them. However, these changes are not final. We will continue to do research into the matter.”

Some noticed that some changes had been made to main character Gunvolt in the North American version. Basically, the western design drops his bare midriff and ponytail. It’s not much, but some feel that no changes should be made.

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Can you spot the changes in the graphic above? The two are mostly the same, though the North American artwork features a shorter hair style and a slightly more conservative outfit.

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We had previously heard that Azure Striker Gunvolt was tentatively slated for a summer launch in North America (in addition to Japan), but that’s now been made official. Inti Creates CEO Takuya Aizu confirmed to Siliconera that the title will in fact be available in the states this summer. A European release is also being considered, though it would likely come later given how the game will need to be localized into several different languages.

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Even more Azure Striker Gunvolt details have come in, thanks to 4Gamer and Siliconera. Here’s a roundup of the latest information:

Story

– Once again, takes place in the near future where wielders of the psychic power “Seventh” have emerged
– Was first thought that these individuals would bring chaos to the world
– The Sumeragi Group has brought peace and order to the world.
– And this peace from Sumeragi came from the sacrifice of the psychics, a forced detention called “Psychic Protection,” where inhumane experiments were performed for the sake of “research”
– All of the Sumeragi group’s actions were odne in confinement, but it didn’t take long for a certain organization to uncover the truth and begin their resistance against the conglomerate
– “Feather” is this group, a private militia
– This anti-Sumeragi resistance group was made from a human rights group consisting of foreign psychics
– Gunvolt is one of the psychics of Feahter
– Story begins when Gunvolt refuses his order to eradicate the virtual idol “Cyber Diva Morpho,” created by Sumeragi

Gunvolt

– 14 year-old protagonist
– Also known as “GV”
– Gunvolt is a codename
– Real name is kept to himself
– He was originally a “Seventh” psychic in the private militia Feathers, but left the group for certain reasons
– Has a calm and mature personality
– Doesn’t like anything that isn’t fair
– Displays his youth and fortitude when it comes to combating the unfair
– Gunvolt’s “Seventh” ability, called Azure Blue, lets him manipulate electricity at will

Sian

– 13-year-old heroine
– Seventh psychic
– Product of the Sumeragi Group’s experiments
– Has “Cyber Diva” as her Seventh ability
– This uses songs, which resonates with other psychics by powering them up
– Confined as an experiment by the Sumeragi Group
– Rescued by Gunvolt, whom she has been living with since
– Pure and quiet personality
– Shows a different side of herself when she’s with Gunvolt

Morpho

– One of the “virtual idols” produced by the Sumeragi Group
– She is the embodiment of Sian’s Seventh, called Cyber Diva
– The idol part of Morpho is a front, as she was actually used by Sumeragi as a tool to detect the psychics
– Strong-wileld and happy-go-lucky
– Her personality actually reflects Sian’s true feelings

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Siliconera has another round of Azure Striker Gunvolt details translated from a report from 4Gamer. You’ll find them rounded up below.

– Keiji Inafune: executive producer and action supervisor
– Yoshihisa Tsuda (Mega Man X2, Mega Man Zero): director
– Yoshitaka Hatakeyama (Mega Man 9): art
– Takuya Aizu (Mighty No. 9, various Mega Man titles): producer
– Ippo Yamada (Mega Man/Mega Man Zero games): music
– Gunvolt’s basic attacks are from his “Dart Leader” shots
– These shots don’t do too much damage but can lock on to multiple targets
– As previously mentioned, you can hold down the shot button for consecutive attacks
– Gunvolt’s electric attack is Raigeki-rin/Thunderbolt Ring
– This sets up an electric barrier around him
– When enemies touch the ring, they’ll slowly take damage over time
– Lock on to a target before activating the ring to launch a powerful electric attack
– Launch several lightning attacks that increase the total damage outut
– It can also be used to attack multiple targets
– The Raigeki-rin can also give you a hovering ability, and it can also be used to block enemy missiles and other projectile attacks
– Gunvolt has mid-air jumps and air-dashes
– Other actions can be unlocked as well
– Gunvolt can use Voltic Chain, one of his special attacks
– Once you launch it, it’ll cover the entire area in chains, followed by a high voltage attack to all enemies on the screen
– Daytona is one of the game’s foes
– Daytona’s abilities will be all about explosions
– He’ll be throwing a mix of explosive attacks along with some more that involve footwork
– Daytona has a sliding attack that’s said to have a super fast approach,
– He’ll be throwing various explosives at you, so using the electric barrier will be crucial in this fight
– Daytona also has a horseback mode, which allows him to use more special skills
– He’ll also have a special attack that takes up the entire screen
– Melac is another enemy
– Melac uses tricky attacks with his wormhole abilities
– Melac rides his hovering chair during the fight, and will place different “wormholes” with tricky attacks
– Damage him a bit and he’ll start throwing giant punches through the wormholes
– His special attack consists of blasting lasers all over the screen with multiple wormholes

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Azure Striker Gunvolt is playable at BitSummit following its announcement today. Destructoid got some hands-on time with the game and shared a slew of details. You can find them rounded up below. Also be sure to check out Destructoid’s article here.

– Set in the near future
– New psychic power has appeared
– “Sumeragi” have emerged to make sense of these powers, taking to supervising those who posses it
– They’re actually running a concentration camp and holding experiments on captives
– Group known as “Feather” has risen up against them
– Gunvolt is given his first order to carry out
– High speed, high action 2D side-scrolling action adventure game
– Gunvolt is a 14-year-old boy
– Can control lightning
– Lightning works as a secondary weapon and a power-up
– Can wear down the enemy slowly with its power
– Tag up to 3 enemies to focus his primary gunfire from his Conductor Gun onto
– Gunfire is continuous with the button held
– For quick kills, a single enemy can be tagged three times with lightning to turn up the damage
– Charge can also disarm enemies, release traps, unlock doors, and more
– When not in use as a lock-on trigger, the stored charge can be used as a shield against enemy attacks
– Lightning power uses a gauge that depletes when used
– Recharges when dormant
– Successful gameplay involves keeping this power in check, using it when you need to to turn up attacks against enemies, but also setting enough aside to take care of other matters
– Lightning is also used in platforming
– Lightning allows Gunvolt to levitate
– Dash, jump, etc.
– Forest stage requires you to use lightning charges to force tree branches away to clear the way for platforming
– Swarms of insects appear to create a cloud that wipes across the screen
– This forces Gunvolt to use his lightning shield as a defense
– End of the stage has you fighting a multi-tiered flower boss
– Have to dodge slow floating pollen orbs while wall jumping
– When you have an opening against the boss, it’s best to mash a touchscreen button to use a saved special attack, sending a barrage of chains across the screen to kill it off
– Only 3 stages have been made so far
– Working with Nintendo to get the game finished quickly for Japan and North America

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