Sunday, October 30, 2016

Check Out the Official Gunvolt Timeline!

The Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 original soundtrack has been out for quite a while now in Japan. Those of you who have picked it up likely already know that it features a booklet full of awesome character artwork, illustrations of the world of Gunvolt 2, and more. It includes one especially fascinating thing that many of us were not expecting, though: an official Gunvolt timeline that covers all the most important events in the series leading up to Gunvolt 2. This is not your average, run-of-the-mill timeline, however. It doesn't just limit things to the games, but extents to the drama tracks, the Dengeki Nintendo short stories, the Fleeting Memories events, and even the GV1 epilogue and prologue detailed in the OST booklet! Suffice to say that Inti's taken all the starts and stops to ensure that this timeline's as thorough as possible!
If you're interested in checking out this timeline, you can give it a gander below or view it here. Thanks to J-Love on Twitter for sharing this with us, and Tavi for translating the Japanese!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Nintendo Everything Talks With Inti Creates About Scrapped Ideas, Amiibo Interest, Gunvolt 3 and More!

Nintendo Everything recently had a chance to sit down with Inti Creates' President Takuya Aizu and Gunvolt series Director Yoshihisa Tsuda for an exclusive Gunvolt-oriented interview. Some really fascinating things were discussed, including the team's interest in making a Gunvolt amiibo, their eagerness to produce a Mighty Gunvolt 2, the new Gunvolt anime, and more! They also talked at length about some ideas from Gunvolt 2 that had to be scrapped. One of these ideas is particularly fascinating: Apparently, early on in GV2's development, Copen was planned to be the only playable character. And GV? He was actually going to be the game's main antagonist!

From Nintendo Everything's Interview:
Tsuda: In the earlier days of Gunvolt 2’s development, we originally going to make Copen the only playable character, with a mask-wearing Gunvolt appearing as the new top dog of the Sumeragi Group (the evil organization from Gunvolt 1). He would be in the game as a boss character, appearing before Copen in mid-air surrounded by 1000 Glaives that he would use to transform. If you beat Gunvolt, he would be unlocked as a playable character, but due to varying circumstances we changed things to what you see in the game now.
Man, how about that? All said and done, though, I'm happy that they decided to keep GV as a playable character. That said, I gotta say that I still am a little bummed that that masked GV design didn't end up used in the full game. Woulda been cool!

Anyway, you can check out Nintendo Everything's full interview with Inti Creates here! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Inti Creates Interested in Making a Third Gunvolt Title

Inti Creates recently revealed that they were interested in producing a third game in the Azure Striker Gunvolt series: In an interview with Nintendo Everything, series Director Yoshihisa Tsuda stated he really wants to produce another title “that continues the series with Gunvolt at the helm as the main protagonist.” He definitely thinks that it can happen with enough fan support, and furthermore, he has “a rough idea for what I would want the potential sequel to be”.

Inti Creates President Takuya Aizu also weighed in on the conversation to say that Azure Striker Gunvolt “is incredibly near and dear to us,” but in light of the fact that enjoyable games take time to produce, “any discussions about when the next game will be coming out are probably a pretty long way away.”

Nintendo Everything's full interview with Inti Creates will reportedly be published "soon " Apparently, NE also went to Yacht Club Games with some questions about the Striker Pack, so it looks like we have quite a lot of information to look forward to in the coming days!

In the meantime, though, it's pretty awesome to hear that Inti Creates is interested in developing a third title, especially considering that the second game left a few unanswered questions here and there! Here's wishing Inti Creates the best of luck with the conceptualization process!

Friday, October 14, 2016

JP Voice Mode Patch For Digital Ver. of GV1 to Release on October 20!

Rejoice, folks! Inti Creates has just announced by way of their last Twitch stream and blog that the long-awaited Japanese Voice Mode patch for the EN 3DS version of GV1 will be releasing on October 20! For those not in the know, the Japanese Voice Mode is a game mode that re-includes a bunch of content that was cut from the initial 3DS EN release of the first Gunvolt title. This entails stuff like the real-time dialogue, additional Joule conversations and original Japanese voices in the cutscenes. What's more, this mode features an English script that has been re-translated from the ground up in a very faithful manner to the original Japanese version. In short, it pretty much sets the English version on equal grounds with the Japanese version. It's taken quite a long time for Inti Creates to put this patch out, but believe it or not, we'll finally be able to download it for our digital copies of GV1 as soon as next week!

In the meantime, I would advise you to make sure that you have a sufficient amount of space on your 3DS SD card: I estimate that this update's going to take up around 500 blocks (at any rate, that's how much data was taken out of the initial 3DS EN release).

Saturday, October 8, 2016

New Gunvolt 2 Lumen Album Announced

I'm a bit late with this, but a couple days ago, Inti Creates announced a new Gunvolt music album: Entitled -Into the Blue-, this album is set to contain the full versions of all the Lumen songs in Gunvolt 2. In that respect, it can be seen as the GV2 equivalent of the Azure Phosphorescence album. It will be priced at 2,000 Yen and include a full-color 12-page booklet.

The artists are as follows:
  • Morpho/Lumen (Megu Sakuragawa), Sumegami Electronic Symphony Orchestra (Ippo Yamada, Ryo Kawakami, Yamajet), Jaco Factory
-Into The Blue- will be officially released on November 3rd, but members of the Inti Creates fan club who purchase this CD will be able to get it on October 27, a full week early.

Here's hoping that this album comes statesside eventually! (If I had a nickel for every time I've said that, I'd be able to buy Inti Creates. Seriously, though, the vocal tracks in GV2 are insanely good!)

By the way, according to a tweet I received from Sidier, Inti also stated on Twitter that a RoRo album is on the way. No release date for that has been confirmed yet, but I want to say that we won't be waiting too long for it to show up.

Source: Perfectly Nintendo