While not directly Mega Man-related, I am happy to report that the next entry in the Gunvolt series, Azure Striker Gunvolt 3, is currently in development. Not only that, an old friend of ours has returned as both executive producer and action supervisor: the one and only Keiji Inafune.
From Inti Creates' press release:
Inti Creates announced the newest title in their “Azure Striker GUNVOLT” series with the reveal of “Azure Striker GUNVOLT 3” at the online indie game event “BitSummut Gaiden”.
This game is a true blue sequel to “Azure Striker GUNVOLT” (2014, 3DS) and “Azure Striker GUNVOLT 2” (2016, 3DS), and sees the return of action supervisor Keiji Inafune （LEVEL5 comcept CCO）, who worked together with director Yoshihisa Tsuda on the first two games, reprising his role for GUNVOLT 3. Together, they aim to bring the ultra-refined 2D action the series is known for to the next level. Stay tuned for more information as development on the game continues.
New Hero: Kirin
Kirin is a shrine maiden with a Septimal power that allows her to seal the abilities of others. In addition to her Septimal powers, she has a unique combat style that combines the use of enchanted talismans and a sword crafted from a pewter staff
Executive Producer/Action Supervisor
Keiji Inafune （LEVEL5 comcept CCO）
Former managing director at Capcom. Worked on numerous hit series like "Mega Man", "Onimusha", and "Dead Rising" among others before leaving to establish his own company, comcept Inc., in December 2010. In September 2016, comcept released its first self-published title, "Mighty No. 9", and contributed many game concepts to many domestic and international titles. In 2017, comcept became a development studio of LEVEL5 Inc., and Inafune became the CCO of LEVEL5 comcept Co., Ltd. where he leads the company's development and operations.
Message from Keiji Inafune (LEVEL5 comcept CCO), Action Supervisor
“Hello, this is Keiji Inafune. How did you like Gunvolt 3? It’s been about four years since the previous game’s release, and I am delighted to bring you this announcement for the third Gunvolt game today. Did you know that I was involved in the Gunvolt series? Since the beginning, I have worked on the series with Inti Creates as the series’ action supervisor. I will be continuing that role with this new title as well. As action supervisor, it is my job to help shape the gameplay together with director Tsuda. We want to craft an exciting game filled with ultra-refined action and deliver something we believe players will enjoy.
“For Gunvolt 3, a new character is making their debut. Her name is Kirin, and I believe she is an incredibly charming character. As you can see, her artwork is very cute and well done. When you see her in action and cutting down enemies, I think many people will really come to like her. The action as well, being based around sword-fighting, is very Inti Creates-like and because they’re at the helm, I have confidence they can make a sword-slashing game that I would love to play. Of course, Gunvolt himself will be appearing as well, and the appeal of Gunvolt is as strong as ever. How his combat techniques interact with Kirin’s will be a major highlight of the game. I’m sure of it. I am extremely happy to be able to announce both the game and my involvement after keeping fans waiting for so long. It will still be a while yet, but I sincerely hope that Gunvolt 3 will be able to meet everyone’s expectations. Please look forward to it!”
Message from Takuya Aizu, Inti Creates President
“Keiji Inafune and Inti Creates present the latest game in the Gunvolt series. We are pleased to announce Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 here today. We have only just begun development on the game, but we will update fans with new information on the game as soon as possible. Please look forward to future announcements.”
Inti Creates confirmed that Gunvolt 3 only just begun development. It may be quite some time before we can get our hands on it. Nevertheless, I'm certain tonight's announcement has put a smile on quite a few faces.
I'm also pleased as punch to announce that, going forward, Rockman Corner will be covering Gunvolt news. From familiar gameplay elements to veteran Inti/Capcom staff, the intersection between Gunvolt and Mega Man cannot be ignored. We look forward to sharing what's new soon!