With the PlayStation Vita version still set to launch later this year, Tom Happ has announced that his game, Axiom Verge, is releasing for the PlayStation 4 on March 31 in North America and April 1 in Europe. Priced at $19.99/€17.99, the game also includes cross-buy.
Localized into six languages (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese), Axiom Verge sees you playing as Trace, a scientist who wakes up after a lab accident in a hostile, alien world. Uncovering the mystery of how that world came to be, you’ll find gameplay that mixes exploration, hidden power-ups, strange creatures to fight, and epic boss battles. As Happ puts it, the game is similar to classics like Super Metroid, Contra, Blaster Master, and others.
Happ talked about his reasoning for releasing the PS4 version before PS Vita:
Although the PS4 version is ready, I’m still working on the Vita version as there are some tools that are still under development that I’m waiting on. However, when Sony asked me when I wanted to release Axiom Verge, I had a tough decision to make. Should I hold the PS4 version so I can launch it simultaneously with the Vita version? Or should I just launch the PS4 version now? After hearing from so many people who are eagerly looking forward to playing it, I decided just to launch the PS4 version first. But people who are mostly interested in the Vita version should not worry. It’s definitely coming, and it’s definitely going to be cross-buy, so if you buy it on PS4, it will be ready for download on your Vita as soon as it launches there.
Answering a couple questions, Happ says there’s no plans for a demo, while “cross-save is still up in the air, but hopefully can be done once the Vita is up and running via a patch to the PS4 version.”