If you’re a fan of the classic Metroid games (or “Metroidvanias”), you’re in luck. Axiom Verge is a modern take on the classics, and it’s coming to the Xbox One on September 30th. While the regular price of the game is $19.99, the Xbox One version will have a 10% discount until October 10th, temporarily bringing it down to 17.99.
Axiom Verge has had a bit of a funny history with the Xbox platform. It was originally designed for the Xbox 360’s indie platform, but according to developer Tom Happ, it just wasn’t meant to be.
There’s a certain irony that Xbox One is the last console to get Axiom Verge. When I started development almost 7 years ago, Xbox 360 (in particular, the Xbox Live Indie Games service) was my target platform. Like many indie developers, I vastly underestimated the scope of what the game would eventually become and the time needed to achieve my full vision, and by the time I was ready to launch, the development framework I was using (XNA) was no longer compatible with Xbox’s latest system.
Times have changed, however, and MonoGame (an open source version of XNA) is now supported on the Xbox One. This makes a lot of new ports possible, but there still has to be work put into making them really happen. Tom Spillman from Sickhead games is handling Axiom Verge’s port, and according to Happ, it’s great.
You can view the game’s official description below.
This is the action-adventure you’ve been waiting decades for. After a lab accident, a scientist awakens in a mysterious, alien world. Is this a distant planet? The far future? Or a complex virtual-reality computer simulation?
Plumb the recesses of a large, labyrinthine world in order to learn its secrets and uncover your role within it.
Discover tons of weapons, items, and abilities, each with their own unique behaviors and usage. You’ll need your wits to find them all.
Combat bizarre biomechanoid constructs, the deadly fallout of an ancient war, and the demons of your own psyche.
And finally, break the game itself by using glitches to corrupt foes and solve puzzles in the environment.
Life. Afterlife. Real. Virtual. Dream. Nightmare. It’s a thin line.
It’s Axiom Verge.
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