One-man development studio Tom Happ has finally delivered a release date for his hotly anticipated retro-inspired “metroidvania,” Axiom Verge. Gamers can expect the game to be released for the PlayStation 4 on March 31 for $19.99.
And before you ask, Axiom Verge is coming to the PS Vita as well, but Happ decided to go ahead with the PlayStation 4 release first seeing how strong the hype for his indie game has become. PS Vita owners can purchase the PlayStation 4 version without worry, because Happ has promised that “It’s definitely coming, and it’s definitely going to be cross-buy.”
In addition to the release date, Happ also dives into several of the game’s power-ups, describing them as “the lifeblood of an exploration-based game.” He even has a weapon inspired by his experiences with the Game Genie from back in the NES days.
Later on, you’ll discover the address disruptor. I came up with this idea from the days of my youth playing with things like Game Genie or just finding glitches that weren’t originally intended to be in the game. I found it fascinating to uncover areas that I was never intended to see and corrupt different elements of the game to see how they would behave. I wanted to replicate this feeling of discovery by creating a sort of glitch ray that would corrupt the reality around you. Every enemy can be glitched, and they all respond in different ways. This opens up a lot of new puzzle ideas for people to explore by glitching every enemy to see what it does.
Happ reports that certification, localisations, and age ratings have all been completed, so all that stands between you and Axiom Verge is time. The game will launch for $19.99 on the PlayStation 4 on March 31.