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Axiom Verge 2 will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store on PC, and Thomas Happ explains it with a rare sincerity

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Axiom Verge 2 will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store on PC, and Thomas Happ explains it with a rare sincerity

Axiom Verge 2 will be a temporary exclusive to the Epic Games Store on PC, and Thomas Happ explains why, with a sincerity uncommon in the industry.
Axiom Verge is one of the indie metroidvanias most loved by gamers, and it is the work of a single developer: Thomas Happ. The original launched on Steam in 2015 (and later came to many other consoles), but its sequel, Axiom Verge 2, will be exclusive on PC from the Epic Games Store (although it also comes out on Nintendo Switch). Happ explains why in a sincere statement.

He begins by explaining that Epic has always supported Axiom Verge from the beginning, and they advised him that they were going to open their online store (it opened in December 2018) up to six months before they officially announced it.

More importantly, they subsidized the many deals the game has been on, so you benefited from a full-price sale even when the game was half price. In addition, they obtain 88% of royalties, something that “it hopes that it will become standard in other platforms”.

But above all, the reason why he signed with Epic is that they apparently offered him a safety cushion with which he could dedicate himself entirely to the game without having to worry about the financial issue. Axiom Verge is Happ’s only work, but his situation is very different now than it was ten years ago, when he first started with it.

“I have a wife and a son who depend on me and the game. I love to work on my hobby all day, but at the same time, I have to take into account the responsibilities of my family. I will not go into much detail about my agreement with Epic Except for the fact that they’ve been able to take the stress off me about how the game will perform so that I can just focus on making the game I want to make. With this agreement, developing video games feels like a hobby again.

However, he claims that the game will also come out at some point on Steam (and drops that it will also arrive on PlayStation and Xbox ). ” Without Valve’s support for indie development so long ago, there might not be an indie scene. Without Valve, there would be no indie scene, and there would be no Axiom Verge.”

“Before signing with Epic, my partner Dan Adelman spoke with Valve and explained our reasoning. Even disappointed, they understood that it was the right decision for the game and for my family.”

I enjoy playing games, and gaming is a passion of mine. Among my favorite games are Tears of the Kingdom, GTA, and Cyberpunk.

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