One year ago (and some change, if you really want to get specific), Inti Creates announced a new entry in the Gunvolt franchise starring Azure Striker Gunvolt 2’s aggressive anti-hero and second playable character, Copen. Details were few, but as of their panel at BitSummit tonight, that has all changed.
In addition to bringing back accessibility features such as the “Prevasion” and “Anthem” techniques and scoring “Kudos” by avoiding taking damage, Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX is promising “the most dazzling” sound and graphics effects in the company’s history. In addition, Inti Creates is encouraging the sharing of scores on social media through a “more tricked-out” score card that can be shared for bragging rights.
Following the events of Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, players take on the role of Copen (assisted by his Autonomous Combat Pod, Lola) as he fights the forces of the Institute for the Promotion of Human Evolution, Sumeragi, for the protection of Minos — humans who do not possess Septimal powers. Under the guise of the “Luminous Avenger iX,” the story begins when he encounters a lone girl.
The following profiles come from the official press release:
Copen plays pretty much as he does in Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, by the sound of things (which I thoroughly enjoyed, by the way). In short: You can shoot enemies with a rapid-fire photon laser gun, or you can dash into them in order to “tag” them, then let your lasers home in on the locked-on targets. You’ll also make use of a “Bullit” gauge to perform air dashes and wall-bounces, as well as the “Prevasion” technique that allows you to dodge most any attack.
Lola lends a hand as well, able to project a protective field around Copen to protect him from missile attacks, or use her Septima Scanning ability to provide him with a mock version of defeated enemies’ Septima known as EX Weapons. Naturally, you can use these to help clear stages and conquer bosses more easily, Mega Man-style.
Collecting Kudos isn’t just good for bragging rights, as mentioned above, but gaining more than 1,000 will enable Lola’s humanoid “Idol Mode,” where she can use her abilities as the “Muse of Hope” to change the stage’s music to a vocal song, automatically restore health, and increase attack power.
What’s more, if Copen’s health reaches 0, there’s a chance Lola’s “Anthem” ability will activate, causing her to go into “Awakened Mode,” which restores his life and grants him his Overdrive abilities, complete with unlimited Bullits and a special Anthem-only vocal track that plays.
And she may have yet another mode, on top of that!
Since its inception, the Gunvolt series has become known amongst fans for its high-speed, stylish 2D action. This game will see series rival/anti-hero Copen take the lead and push the series’ speed and intensity to the next level, all the while keeping the game accessible to new fans. “Experience the apeX of 2D action” with Luminous Avenger iX!
Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX arrives digitally on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Steam on September 26th, 2019 for $14.99USD.