Mega Man creator Inafune reveals new game Azure Striker Gunvolt

The downloadable game for 3DS looks like a spiritual successor to one of Inafune's classic Mega Man Z franchise.

As part of this weekend's Japanese BitSummit game festival, the father of Mega Man revealed his next game: A side-scrolling action game called Azure Striker Gunvolt.

The game bears a strong resemblance to the 16-bit Mega Man Zero series, which isn't surprising since it's a collaboration with developer Initi Creates, but Gunvolt adds a new set of characters and some original gameplay embellishments (which you can check out in the trailer below). The game will be a downloadable title for 3DS, although there was not information on a release date or confirmation that the game would come to the West.

Inafune made headlines last year with his Kickstarter for Mighty No. 9, another side-scrolling action game that his company Comcept is partnering with Inti Creates to produce.

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Discussion

114 comments
Archangel2222
Archangel2222

I miss megaman X sequals and the franchise. Stupid capcom failed badly on that franchise, the game is basic to develop costs little to make compared to other games yet they wouldve sold well even as DLC not even as full legit games. Seriously dumb capcom make a x9 DLC for all I care I bet alot of people would pay for it still

bdl1980
bdl1980

So ha basically did the kickstarter to get the money to make like 10 other things. Haha OH wow.

Lamesy
Lamesy

Looks fun, but dude has a lot of powers going on. They'd need to crank up the difficulty to balance that AoE lightning "auto hit everything near me" attack he's constantly doing.

dualblades
dualblades

All this really does is make me want a new megaman x game, oh well maybe some day

hadlee73
hadlee73

I know gameplay trumps graphics and I understand the budgetary constraints in this industry, but after seeing the umpteenth retro/16bit style sideways platformer rolled out by a studio I'm honestly beginning to wonder if they're all starting to take the piss. Is it just too difficult to draw up some nicely detailed 2D artwork and apply it to a game nowadays? I look at the amazing 2D visuals of Vanillaware games and compare it to what other studios do with 2D (usually pixellated 8 or 16bit "style"), and just have to wonder.

draco934
draco934

looks good, hope it delivers.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

As much as I like the guy, his recent games are not that good, to be honest...

Kr0w1Nc4rNa73
Kr0w1Nc4rNa73

How about actually finishing Mighty No. 9 first?

Evil_Saluki
Evil_Saluki

He can fire lighting rods at his enemies and zap them


WhiteTulip1
WhiteTulip1

I agree with the Sumeragi corporation, if they brought peace and order to the world, Gunvolt should follow his orders. That said, this looks awesome, hope it comes here to west.

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

Just how many Megaman knockoffs is he working on?

Zero_Maniac
Zero_Maniac

This doesn't seem too different from Mighty No. 9...maybe if they game him a sword/saber like Zero had?

psuedospike
psuedospike

Almost looks like something an old school Treasure would make!


Please finish Mighty No. 9 first...

PS4Lives
PS4Lives

His hair style like Fullmetal Alchemist.

PS4Lives
PS4Lives

I like Inafune's passion like he never gets older on making games like younger developers. 

ahpuck
ahpuck

Very nice. Will be picking this up for sure.

immortality20
immortality20

Busy guy. With working on on the new Yaiba Ninja Gaiden Z game, and the kickstarter game and now this, very impressive.

Vexov
Vexov

Interested, price it for $15 on steam and for consoles, go go.

eva02langley
eva02langley

Capcom really need to think about their future. They let all their major creator leave.

khuzko
khuzko

will this run at 1080p 60fps ?

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

Wow, Inafune's doing pretty good work-wise with the new Ninja Gaiden, Mighty No.9 and now this.

hochstreck
hochstreck

While I don't like the overy tacky and highly generic japanese presentation, I very much might like the gameplay.


If it will be released for the european Nintendo E-Shop, I'm in.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Well, if Capcom is going to shit all over the franchise and not make games, someone should.

Brakkyn
Brakkyn

"Azure Striker" =/= "Blue Bomber"?

Revenant_K
Revenant_K

Base on it Japanese name, it's English name must be somewhat like this: "Gun Striker_Azure Lighting "or "Azure Lighting the Gun Striker".

Korun4869
Korun4869

I wonder if he took some the kickstarter money to fund this game?

ollie_sr
ollie_sr

I've never played the Mega Man Z games but this looks cool! I'll have to give this a try.

rawkstar007
rawkstar007

So now Inafune has two middle fingers directed at Capcom. One is called "Mighty No. 9" and the other is "Azure Striker Gunvolt."

JaiGuru
JaiGuru

@Archangel2222 Why? They've lost the guy who made sure megaman was megaman. Asking capcom to make a megaman game now is like picking four random guys from liverpool to play in a band and call them the Beatles. It just doesn't make it so. Megaman is dead and I hope to high hell he stays that way unless Inafune gets to helm the project. I love megaman, I can't bear to see him ruined.

Archangel2222
Archangel2222

@dualblades One can only wish :( an x9 right now on a ps4 would be awesome and epic, either disc based or dlc I dont care I just really really want one. to use x and zero again is just fun it shocked me alot of gamers never enjoyed the x series that much and thought it was just a good 1 day game only

rarerichz
rarerichz

@Kr0w1Nc4rNa73 how about shutting up and not getting your panties in a bunch. he doesn't need to finish anything for you.

rarerichz
rarerichz

@istuffedsunny your a such a freaking moron , look at these traders,  he made megaman hes the sole creator how you going say its a knockoff you don't deserve to ever touch another megaman game in a 50 mile radius for that comment. the gull of some people , no right at all.

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

I have to agree with Istuffedsunny. Since inafune left capcom he cant make a full fledged mega man game. So this and mighty no.9 are the next best thing. But that doesnt seem to stop capcom from letting mega man appear In other meduims like comic books, art books...etc. oh! And mega man appearing in the smash bros game for the WiiU

Tso11
Tso11

@istuffedsunny  How are they considered knockoffs if he is the original creator...?

Vexov
Vexov

@khuzko  Only if its for PC or PS4, XB1 wouldn't be able to run past 720p and 30fps. :P

rarerichz
rarerichz

@Ranma_X_basic so your just as stupid as well? , what does capcoms roaming of a character they never made have to do with the creator venturing into new games that are similar. its like your questioning megamans god because the devil toke his character away. you guys a traders plain and simple.

rawkstar007
rawkstar007

@Revenant_K @rawkstar007  No not really. They just needs to be MORE successful than anything Capcom has done lately, which has been performing dismally

rarerichz
rarerichz

@bdl1980 @OOLuigiOo@Ranma_X_basicno get your facts straight he created megaman stfu , that is why his games look very similar to previous megaman games. if you want proof ask capcom why they haven't made a megaman game since he left.

bdl1980
bdl1980

@OOLuigiOo @Ranma_X_basic He didnt create mega man, he only worked on the project and was brought in half way into it. He just finished it for capcom. 

Revenant_K
Revenant_K

@Thanatos2k It's 5 month ago, and with MH4 doing so well, they will not drop dead soon.