A few days ago, Inti Creates announced that Azure Striker Gunvolt, the Mega Man-inspired side-scrolling action game that I’ve been waiting for a long time to play, will get a sequel on the Nintendo 3DS. That’s fine and dandy, but there’s one problem. Azure Striker Gunvolt still hasn’t been released in the UK yet, nor anywhere in Europe.
The game was already released in Japan six and a half months ago, with a US release following shortly afterwards. Since then, no European release date was even announced. We did get a hint that it might be released in the next winter (which, I though meant either December 2014 or January/February 2015). Since October, however, the developers have remained virtually silent, giving no release date whatsoever.
What I’d like to know is what’s taking so long? This isn’t the kind of game that should take long to be released outside Japan and America, but as usual, us European gamers have gotten the short end of the stick. We always get screwed over when it comes to Japanese video games, and it looks as though this game is no exception.
I’ve seen screenshots, footage, and artwork for the game, and I think this is the kind of game I would totally want to buy, even if it was download-only. I’m probably not the only one who feels this way. In fact, as far as I know, there are several gamers out there who are still frustrated by the delayed EU release rate.
Whatever information that is already out there probably implies that an EU release date is coming soon, but how soon that’s going to happen remains a mystery, so for us European gamers, the slow, agonizing wait continues, as does the tradition of us being the last major market to receive Japanese games.
UPDATE: Azure Striker Gunvolt was eventually released in the UK and Europe on April 2nd 2015. As with the USA, we get it as a download-only title, and it costs £8.99 to download on the 3DS eShop. Either way, it was worth the wait.