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Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack Comes to PS4 April 23

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Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack Comes to PS4 April 23

New bundle contains Azure Striker Gunvolt & Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, featuring faster framerates and a new vocal track created for the PlayStation version.

It gives me so much joy to announce that our Azure Striker Gunvolt series is making its long-awaited debut on PS4 this April!

After the release of Azure Striker Gunvolt in 2014 and Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 in 2016, I had always hoped that one day we would be able to bring the series over to the PlayStation. This way, all of the people who love the kind of 2D side-scrolling action games we’ve been making for over 20 years can finally experience a series that is bursting at the seams with everything we love in a video game.

While it’s true that the Gunvolt series features the 2D action gameplay that has become synonymous with Inti Creates over the years, it’s all of the other features that weave it all together that make the Gunvolt games our pride and joy.

Anime-style Characters and World Created in High-Quality Pixel Art

It’s not a part of the game I work on personally, so I don’t have to hold back when I say that I believe we have some of the best pixel artists in the entire industry working on our titles. The detailed characters, jaw-dropping backgrounds, and fluid animations that my comrades make never cease to blow my mind. Combined with series character artist Yoshiktaka Hatakeyama’s masterfully crafted character art, key art, and more, it’s no small wonder that Gunvolt and the gang became the faces of our company.

OK, I’ll stop gushing about our artists now :)

Classic-Style Action Game Elements Woven Into a Deep Storyline

I feel like this was especially true back in the day and even when the Gunvolt games originally released, but 2D action games weren’t necessarily known for having very deep storylines. That was something we wanted to change with the Gunvolt series, and with a motley cast that includes more than 30 developed, fully-voiced characters spread over the two games, the stage was set for Gunvolt’s sci-fi narrative to unfold. There are lots of character interactions in the game, and I’m not just talking about the dialogue that happens between stages or during encounters with boss characters. A lot of dialogue happens live during stage playthroughs (called Story Mode+), which gives the characters a lot more time to interact with each other and share details about who they are that you would otherwise never have a chance to learn.

Songs Performed By the Games’ Heroines Ramp up the Action

The heroines of the game have a special ability known as “The Muse,” and the power of song is an integral part of their characters. When players reach a certain score, referred to in-game as “Kudos” points, the heroines Lumen and Lola will appear and the soundtrack turns into an electric, vocal-filled J-pop performance for as long as the player can maintain the necessary Kudos. With over 20 vocal tracks in total, including a new one made exclusively for the PlayStation release of the Striker Pack, I challenge you to do your best so you can hear these wonderful ladies sing their hearts out!

Gameplay That’s Welcoming for New Players and Veterans

We want everyone to be able to enjoy the story of the Gunvolt games, so we put systems in place that allow players of all skill levels to customize their experience to increase the challenge or give Gunvolt and Copen an extra edge against those particularly tough bosses.

With the other improvements we put in place like overhauling the graphics and UI, increasing the frame rate to 60fps from its original 30fps and more, the PlayStation version is the ultimate way to experience the original Azure Striker Gunvolt games, and I hope you all have an absolute blast with them on April 23!

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  • Aw man, I always wanted these titles on the Vita. Still, day one on PS4!

  • Nice! Looking forward to it!

  • Will we see a physical release like with Nintendo systems?

  • I’m a huge fan of Gunvolt (played it on Switch, considering grabbing the PS4 version now as well). However, one question: What are the chances of an English dub being added post-launch? As much as I want to get into the story, it’s too difficult to read the subtitled text mid-level. My attention is split and I end up with a sort of sub-par experience (not playing as well as I could, and not grokking enough of the story and character development as I’d want to).

    Has there been any demand for this feature at all? If I’m the only one, then I can be safely ignored, but I’m wondering if others have had the experience of playing a Japanese action game and being unable to fully enjoy the story because of this. (It’s an issue in MANY games, to be sure.)

    • I wouldn’t rule it out as a possibility! We’re always looking for ways we can improve our games, and we can definitely understand the struggles you mentioned having Japanese voices with English subs during gameplay.

      There’s nothing I can officially confirm or deny at this point in time, but it’s definitely something we’re thinking about more and more.

  • Oh god I’ve been waiting for this ever since the first game came out on Steam.

  • The Gunvolt series so far is thrilling and a blast to many, and I’ve heard people enjoyed it, even from the 3DS installments.

    Gunvolt’s Striker Pack is surely to bring in many players who have a PS4, and they’re gonna be excited to play through the games.

    Matt Papa, if you’re around, I ask that you please pass this suggestion to the devs who made Gunvolt & Luminous Avenger iX.

    My request is that I would like to see all stages, perhaps even the final stages, have at least 1 unique medium boss(the large robots we saw) to face as the midboss in them, like how it was in MM11 & MMX3, instead of few and recurring. I’m for facing new ones, not old ones nearly every time, ’cause it gets boring that way. I really love unique midbosses, & always want to see lots more every time.

    Thanks!

    • I’m really glad to hear that you like the series so much! As for your request, that is unfortunately not something we will be able to do here.

    • If you mean in the collection, that’s fine. Its just something to consider for later installments in the series, not past installments.

  • That suggestion I asked meant each stage in newer Gunvolt games later on having 1 unique midboss in them being a minimum requirement, just so you know. I don’t mind seeing more than 1 midboss above it at certain stages when necessary, long as they’re not recurring copy/paste reskinned past bosses from previous games seen later on in the stages. Only unique. Same goes for later Gunvolt Chronicles games.

    Having one boss being made a recurring one with the same patterns over several times, even in newer stages, especially with arenas having slight changes to make such battles tougher, makes it too repetitive, and it makes such a boss less enjoyable than having to face and defeat said boss once in a level.

  • I think we all hope that this is getting a physical release.

    • We have every intention on making that happen! We don’t have any set-in-stone details just yet, but as soon as we do, we’ll be making an official announcement about it! :)

  • Will the removed amazing and surprising feature in the Switch version during a certain moment in Gunvolt 2 that was in the 3DS version be put back in the PS4 version since the 3DS and PS4 share the same feature?

    • I think this is just a port of the Switch version… So most likely there’ll be no karaoke for us.

    • The feature of which you speak (thank you for not posting spoilers!) will unfortunately not be in the PS4 version, just as it was not in the other home console version. Sorry!

  • Any chance that the Playstation 4 version gets dual audio?

    • English voices are something we have definitely been thinking about over the years, so while it is certainly a possibility, there’s nothing concrete I could say about it at this point in time though. We are always looking for ways to make our games better though, so who knows what may happen down the line :)

    • Yes, that’d be nice. A good choice to alternate between the English and Japanese voices time to time.

  • Will this get a physical release?

    And will we ever get a remastered version of the OVA? It’s stuck on the 3DS and it shouldn’t be.

    • We have every intention on making a physical release happen! We don’t have any set-in-stone details just yet, but as soon as we do, we’ll be making an official announcement about it! :)

      As for the OVA, there is a Blu-Ray of it that we have in Japan that we sell at our booth during our convention appearances, but nothing other than that at the moment I’m afraid.

    • Let’s not also forget digital video marketplaces, too. I’m well versed for physical releases, but there’s still the idea of bringing the OVA to the digital stores, too, as the alternate choice of buying it. Just saying.

  • Did they reveal how much will it cost yet? I’ll be getting it day one (or pre order it the moment it shows on the psn store) so i’d like to know how much i’ll have ready by april 23rd :p

  • I hope that both Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack and Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX gets a physical release for the US PS4.
    Please don’t disappoint us with digital only releases.
    It’s one huge aspect of gaming that I dislike this generation.

    It wouldn’t be so bad if all games got both a digital & physical release.

    • That I don’t mind. We keep supporting physical and digital games, they keep staying for , no matter what anyone says, even the big shots in tech across different companies.

  • I would love to play this on my Vita :'(

    • Had it received increased capacities, like bigger cart sizes(like Sony was going to plan to do, but didn’t), slightly better graphics, even better 3rd party support & easier porting capabilities, we would’ve had that on Vita.

      3DS sure bested the Vita, but the Switch Lite’s only a handheld-based offshoot of Switch with little reduced capacities. Just saying.

  • Thanks IC for bring the complete saga on PS4, with Gunvolt Chronicles :D

  • Sweet, I may pick up this since I’ve enjoyed Gunvolt Chronicles Luminous Avenger iX. Thanks!

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