Mega Man X DiVE, the mobile spin-off of the classic Mega Man X series, will add a new character based on the Maverick Hunters navigator Iris. While several versions of Iris appeared before, the latest addition is more of a deep cut from Mega Man X‘s lore. [Thanks, Resetera!]
The new version of Iris being added to Mega Man X DiVE is called “Iris -another-” and was designed by Capcom Illustrator Keisuke Mizuno. Mizuno is credited on a number of Mega Man titles, including the Battle Network, Star Force, and X series. His is the first new, original Mega Man X series design in ten years.
Here’s a trailer showing off Iris -another-:
This new version of Iris wields an energy blade and calls herself “The Proud Sword of Justice.” As might be implied by the “another” in her title, this Iris is something of a “What-If” character, with her concept based on an alternative outcome. While the canonical version of Iris is best known for getting Zero to question what he’s fighting for, Iris -another- is quite capable in battle, blending elements of her brother Colonel’s style into her own approach to combat. In Mega Man X DiVE, Iris -another- can leverage a potent counter stance, negating incoming hits and using them to restore her health and fight back. Iris -another- is voiced by Aya Endo, who also voiced Quetzalcoatl in Fate/Grand Order: Absolute Demonic Front Babylonia, Macross Frontier‘s Sheryl Nome, and Final Fantasy XIV‘s Yda.
Iris -another- joins Mega Man X DiVE‘s playable roster as part of the upcoming DiVE Festival event, which runs from April 28, 2021, through May 5, 2021. Mega Man X DiVE is available on Southeast Asian and Japanese Android and iOS app stores (where it’s also known as Rockman X DiVE). No plans for a North American or European release have been announced. The game also crossed over with the anime series Hi Score Girl in a one-shot manga chapter.