Axiom Verge, the digitally distributed indie Metroidvania game, has been a smash hit since its release in March of 2015. The Best Independent Game of 2015 nominee had such positive reception that it has been released across multiple platforms, and now, it is finally seeing a physical retail launch.
“It’s every game developer’s dream to see their creation on a store shelf, right alongside the Marios, GTAs, and Calls of Duty of the world,” says Thomas Happ, the developer of the game. “The retail launch of Axiom Verge represents a huge milestone for me personally, and I’m grateful for all of the support my fans, friends, and family have given me during this journey.”
Axiom Verge has the player controlling Trace, a scientist with a crippling injury, in a side-scrolling, ancient, high-tech world. Along the way, the player can collect up to 60 different power-ups to help Trace along his venture.
This comes as a great celebration for Tom, having spent the last few years not only developing the game, but also working countless hours going through the process of having a retail release. The great success of Axiom Verge pushed it to be released across Windows, OS X, Linux, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. And now, the push goes even further, with the title being available for Wii U, Switch, and PlayStation Vita across various retailers.
Thomas also asks a favor from his fans:
“I’ve heard that retailers are more likely to make the game visible if people ask for it by name. So whether you’re planning on buying it or not, if you happen to be in a store that sells games, please be sure to ask for Axiom Verge!”
The game will come as a standard editions, or a special edition, dubbed the multiverse edition. The standard edition comes with all game content, and the multiverse edition comes with behind the scenes content, an art book, and a double-sided poster. The PlayStation Vita version will only have the multiverse edition due to cartridge production costs, but it will come with the game’s soundtrack on a CD. Unfortunately, European players will have to wait a little bit longer to purchase the retail version, but the launch will come eventually.