Christmas comes to the world of Azure Striker Gunvolt in 2016 with a a new mode for the Steam version of the game that Inti Creates has provided the following trailer for:
The Christmas Mode 2016 update (which features its own Leaderboard) is described as follows:
Winter has arrived in the world of Azure Striker Gunvolt once again, and the stages have Christmas presents raining from the sky! Shoot or zap the presents to open them up, and collect the various gifts that pop out from them. The chilling cold has frozen all the stages and made the floors very slippery too, so watch your footing as you take down enemies, collect presents, and make your way to the bosses!
Presents will rain down only during specific times throughout the stage, although they particularly rain down like crazy after you destory a Hexapyle. There are other instances where presents will rain down too. For example, when the last two digits of your score are the same number, it will release a whole bunch of presents. There are other things that trigger presents too though, so keep an eye out for them!
Your total amount of presents will be tallied after you complete the opening stage and the six boss stages (Merak, Jota, Viper, Carrera, Elise, and Stratos), so collect as many presents you can and get your name up on those leaderboards!
We also made a new Christmas BGM song that will make you feel all light and fluffy inside, so we tweaked the jump mechanics a bit to reflect this feeling too! We hope you enjoy the whole new feeling that mid-air battles will take on, and a lot more, in Christmas Mode 2016!
In addition, Azure Striker Gunvolt, its two soundtracks, and Mighty Gunvolt are available for 50 percent off in the Steam Autumn Sale until 10:10am on November 29th (and Inti's Gal*Gun: Double Peace is on sale, too), while both Azure Striker Gunvolt and Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 are on sale until December 5th in the North American Nintendo eShop for $9.99 (33 percent off) and $13.49 (10 percent off) USD, respectively. So if you don't already have these games, now's a good time to get it and get merry!
Finally, today is Thanksgiving in the United States, and if you're interested in a Thanksgiving wallpaper for your computer, Inti has got your hook-up!
Source: Inti Creates Blog