Last week, Inti Creates revealed two games that would be heading to the Switch this summer: Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack for the Nintendo Switch and Mighty Gunvolt Burst, a Switch and 3DS title that blends the worlds of Mighty No. 9 and Azure Striker Gunvolt.
Inti Creates CEO Takuya Aizu recently spoke in an interview with USGamer following the announcements, during which he discussed how the Striker Pack ended up on the Switch, the attempts they are making to bring a physical version of Azure Striker Gunvolt to the west, as well as how much Mighty Gunvolt Burst is influenced by Mighty No. 9.
First off, when asked how exactly the Striker Pack got a Switch version, Aizu said the following:
“We published the first Gunvolt on Steam, and that served as the base for the Switch conversion. We took the Steam version for ASG1 and then added all the DLC for ASG2 to make it a sort of game-of-the-year complete version.”
In regards to the possibility of a physical release of Azure Striker Gunvolt in the west, Aizu had this to say:
“We have a physical version confirmed for Japan. It’s going digital for America. We’re looking to work with different publishers to get a physical release for America and Europe, but at the moment nothing is set. If you buy the Japanese version, you can play it in English.”
Lastly, Aizu explained the amount of influence Mighty No. 9 has in the upcoming Mighty Gunvolt Burst:
“The presence of the Mighty Numbers as boss characters might leave you with the impression that we’re trying to create a connection to Mighty No. 9, but actually, it’s more a matter of our director Ikegami having been involved in that game, too. It’s actually been quite a while since all of our duties with Mighty No. 9 have been completed, and the truth of the matter is that we really love these characters. Ikegami probably more than anybody! We love these characters, and we want to give them a chance to appear in a game again. And the way to make that happen is with Mighty Gunvolt Burst.
“We made this game completely on our own, with no input from Keiji Inafune or Comcept. Basically, we said, ‘We want to use these characters,’ and they said, ‘Go ahead!’ We were happy that they gave us the OK to use these characters, for free. But in terms of the game itself, there’s no involvement from Concept. This is a labor of love by Inti Creates with characters we really adore.”
To read more of Aizu’s comments, you can visit USGamer.
Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack will release for the Nintendo Switch on August 31st, and Mighty Gunvolt Burst is set to release for the 3DS and Switch on June 15th, 2017.