Keiji Inafune And Mega Man Zero Developer Team Up For Azure Striker Gunvolt

by Kyle Hilliard on Mar 07, 2014 at 05:55 AM

Mega Man's creator, Keiji Inafune, has been a busy man since leaving Capcom. His latest project is a 2D platformer with psychic soldiers called Azure Striker Gunvolt.

The game is developed by Inti Creates, a studio best known for its work on the Mega Man Zero and ZX games for Capcom. Inti Creates also helped to develop Mega Mans 9 and 10, and is currently helping Comcept with Mighty No. 9. Infune says he is the director of action for the game.

Azure Striker Gunvolt follows the exploits of a psychic soldier with electricity powers who takes on bosses with assorted specific powers – like the ability to create wormholes – as he expands his own. Gunvolt is apparently told to assassinate a virtual pop star named Lumen, who he learns is the avatar of  a psychic girl names Joule. His hesitation to kill her is what sets him on his journey.

Azure Striker Gunvolt is coming to to the 3DS eShop. You can check out the trailer for the game below. According to Destructoid, who recently spent some hands-on time with the game, it's coming to North America as well as Japan this summer.

Thanks to Julio Ubeda for the news tip!

[Source: Gunvolt, via Destructoid]


Our Take
It's a little surprising to see what a appears to be a spiritual successor to Mega Man Zero and ZX from Inafune, while he is working on Mighty Number 9 (and Kaio: King of Pirates and Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z), but you can't deny that the man knows what people want from him. The game certainly looks cool, and I hope it makes its way to North America.