Inti Creates announced five months of updates and support for Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 starting with version 1.1.0 on August 25.
The August 25 update features playable character “Kirin XX” and the new “D-nizer” mode. Future updates for Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 include an additional scenario titled “Epilogue ATEMS.” A PC (Steam) version is slated to release in Winter 2022. Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 is available now for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.
All the latest details are available below via Gematsu:
Today, Inti Creates announced that the latest Gunvolt title, Azure Striker Gunvolt 3, will be getting even more content with a series of free updates over the next five months, starting with version 1.1.0 available August 25, bringing a new playable character, “Kirin XX,” and brand-new mode, “D-nizer Mode.”
■ About Azure Striker Gunvolt 3
The Gunvolt series began in 2014 with the digital-exclusive 3DS game Azure Striker Gunvolt. In 2016, Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 continued the story of hero Gunvolt alongside his rival Copen. And now, in 2022, Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 finally picks up where Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 left off as an official sequel.
New protagonist Kirin fights alongside Gunvolt, allowing players to switch characters on the fly, adding a new element to the series’ high-speed 2D action gameplay. Familiar faces will return as “Image Pulses,” a new system that allows players to use characters from Gunvolt’s past in combat with over 150 varieties available!
Thanks to the cooperation of Keiji Inafune (LEVEL5 comcept CCO), series executive producer / action supervisor, Inti Creates has evolved Azure Striker Gunvolt 3‘s action to exceed the expectations of modern players on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S|X platforms.
■ Update Roadmap: Five Months of Free Content for Azure Striker Gunvolt 3
Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 will be getting five months of major updates on all platforms! Currently available on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, and coming soon to PC (Steam), Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 is set to be the biggest game in the series by far!
August 2022 to December 2022 (five updates total)
August 25, 2022 – New playable character “Kirin XX,” new mode “D-nizer Mode,” and more.
Late September 2022 – New boss, new mode “Trial Mode,” and more.
Late October 2022 – New boss and more.
Late November 2022 – New boss and more.
December 2022 – Additional story “Epilogue ATEMS,” online scoreboard, and more.
In addition to updating the game with new free content, a new downloadable content pack will release around the same time with a two-week free download campaign! Download in the first two weeks to keep the downloadable content for free.
In the event that the game releases for additional platforms, all available updates will be included on release.
■ Details on Version 1.1.0 Update (due out on August 25)
On August 25, Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 version 1.1.0 will be available to download, kicking off the five-month update plan! Version 1.1.0 adds new playable character “Kirin XX” and new mode “D-nizer Mode” completely for free!
The Battle Priestess has experienced conflicts on multiple worlds, awakening her to new skills. She can use a variety of familiar abilities, but cannot receive the effects of Passive Image Pulses.
—To unlock: Clear the game and see the true ending. Afterwards, a new option will appear before missions, “XX Trigger.”
Her skills include:
Released from the shackles of the Talisman Gauge, Kirin XX can throw 3 talismans in a spread shot.
—Talisman Storm –Final-
Kirin XX can charge her talismans to throw a total of 5 at once. The charge time is slightly long.
Kirin XX’s air attack is a spinning sword technique. Its attack power is low, but it can hit multiple times.
When landing after using Rapid Ressen Slash, blades spring forth from the ground.
Turn the talismans thrown with Talisman Storm -Final- into clones that fly at enemies.
Counter attack any enemy that touches Kirin XX the moment she assumes her reload stance.
—88th Rite – Pate Mist Refined
Kirin XX dashes around the area at high speed, leaving behind streaks of light as she cuts through enemies with her ultimate attack.
The Azure Striker at full power! Conquer every stage back-to-back using only GV!
D-nizer Mode tasks you with playing as a special version of GV to see how far you can make it in a highly challenging survival mode. In this mode, GV plays similarly to playing the main story with the Passive Image Pulse “Primal Dragon” Gunvolt equipped. It’s strongly recommended that you practice by using this Image Pulse in each stage before tackling D-nizer Mode.
—After clearing a certain condition, D-nizer Mode will become available from the title screen.
Your time limit is the Fetters Gauge, which ticks down over time and whenever you use your skills or Prevasion. Defeat enemies with a flourish to restore your Gauge and see how far you can make it!
Kirin is not available in D-nizer Mode. In exchange, you’ll be able to “D-nize” (Primal Dragonize) under certain conditions. It takes time to D-nize, you won’t be able to use it in a pinch. Plan your strategy accordingly!
D-nized GV is just a strong as he is in the main story. However, using this power will increase a counter in the bottom right of the screen. When the counter hits 100 percent, it’s game over.
You’ll earn credits by playing D-nizer Mode, allowing you to purchase special abilities. Some of these are very strong, so make the most of them and aim to clear all the stages!
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