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One of the best indie Metroidvanias in existence is Axiom Verge — a loving tribute to the Metroid series that combined the classic sense of isolationism in an alien environment with glitchy, reality-bending aesthetic to make an experience for the ages. And now, developer Tom Happ is returning with Axiom Verge 2, revealed during today’s Indie World Direct.


Apparently billed as a prequel, this time we’ll be in the shoes of a white-ponytailed figure who gives off some Soma Cruz vibes, exploring a more naturalistic and green world rather than the throbbing desolation of the first game. The looks aren’t the only thing giving off Castlevania vibes, as the game appears to sport close-ranged combat and a new equipment system that’s more reminiscent of the latter-half of the genre’s name — though there’s still the drones, machines, and pixelated eldritch designs that signify this is Axiom Verge through and through.

Axiom Verge 2 launches in Fall 2020. We’ll be sure to update with an exact release date and pricing information when the time comes.


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.