The Limited Edition Azure Striker Gunvolt dual-pack is coming stateside this Fall, followed by a brand new anime special this Winter.
Azure Striker Gunvolt first appeared as a digital 3DS title in 2014, with a PC release through Steam the following year. The game features a more strategic slant towards its gameplay than its spiritual predecessor Mega Man Zero, as Gunvolt’s blaster is used to “tag” enemies, to then be destroyed using his shielding Flashfield ability. Nicknamed the “Azure Striker” for his psychic Flashfield and lightning powers, Gunvolt is a member of the anti-resistance group QUILL, tasked with saving psychic-using “Adepts” from the Sumeragi Group. A sequel was quietly announced in 2015, however the first details weren’t given until this past March- a full year later.
Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 resumes shortly after the fall of the Sumeragi Group, with a new organization taking the antagonistic role, Eden. A multinational group of formerly outcast and oppressed Adepts, Eden and its elite unit “The Seven” are bent on establishing a new utopia for Adepts through the complete extinction of normal humans. Both Gunvolt and rival character Copen will be playable, each with his own unique storyline and gameplay mechanics.
A limited edition “Striker Pack” was announced earlier this year for Japan, containing physical copies of both Azure Striker Gunvolt and the upcoming sequel. This past weekend during Anime Expo 2016, it was revealed that the 3DS-exclusive combo will also be available in North America this Fall, courtesy of Yacht Club Games. A new trailer recaps the story of the original game, with some extra details regarding Gunvolt’s and Copen’s gameplay in Azure Striker Gunvolt 2.
Along with the North American Striker Pack announcement, Inti Creates revealed that a brand new animated OVA (“original video animation”) was currently in works, and scheduled to debut this Winter. A brief teaser can be seen below.
Produced and filmed by LandQ Studios, the company previously aided with the production of such properties as Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal, Robot Girls Z, Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, Lensman, Girls und Panzer and Lagrange – The Flower of Rin-ne.
Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 and the Limited Edition Striker Pack will release exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS on 9/30 in North America.