"Get ready for the apeX of 2D action!"
—Tagline , Luminous Avenger iX trailer
Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX, also known as Luminous Avenger iX or simply iX (known as White Steel of X: THE OUT OF GUNVOLT (「白き鋼鉄のＸ（イクス） THE OUT OF GUNVOLT」, Shiroki kōtetsu no X (ikusu) THE OUT OF GUNVOLT) in Japan) and commonly abbreviated to LAiX, is an upcoming game in development for the Nintendo Switch as a canonical side-story in the Azure Striker Gunvolt series. Focusing on Copen, presumably after the events of Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, the game features his playstyle from the latter game as the main gameplay mode.
Luminous Avenger iX returns to having one player character, this time series anti-hero Copen. His gameplay is largely recycled from his playable debut in Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, consisting of using his boosters to fly towards enemies to tag them, then unleashing a storm of homing shots. He is accompanied by Lola, an A.I helper that allows him to use EX Weapons to replicate the Septima of any Adept he defeats.
Lola - An A.I combat unit who is Copen's only constant company and support.
Other confirmed major characters include a young red-haired girl and a masked blue swordsman, both of whom are currently unnamed. It has also been confirmed that there will be at least seven bosses, keeping in tradition with the series.
Luminous Avenger iX began development at the beginning of 2018 with the intention of pleasing fans until the approval of Azure Striker Gunvolt 3, which series director Yoshihisa Tsuda was "having a difficult time with.. It was announced on the 12th of May 2018 at Bitsummit (as is tradition for the series) alongside Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon and the Armed Blue Gunvolt Official Complete Works artbook. A short trailer and the main artwork was published, and the game was playable at the event. It was said that at the time the game was 10% complete.
On the 26th of December later that year, during a live-stream, Inti Creates president and iX producer Takuya Aizu revealed the silhouettes of the seven main bosses. That same live-stream, it was announced that development was preceding smoothly, that the game would be out by Christmas the next year in 2019, and that more news would be out after the release of Dragon: Marked For Death in January.
- The "iX" in the title (a possible reference to the Mega Man X series) is pronounced as a single word, "icks". This holds true for the Japanese version, despite the lack of an "i" in the logo, most likely a result of the Japanese pronunciation of the letter "x".
- This is the first game in the series (main or spin-off) to not feature Gunvolt as a main protagonist/playable character.
- It was implied in an interview with Takuya Aizu that iX is the start of a new "Gunvolt Chronicles" series, following a different storyline than that of the main franchise.