Axiom Verge Update on Epic Store Restores a “Steam” File That Was Causing Crashes
Axiom Verge is free on the Epic Games Store but ran into a bump in the road as a removed "Steam" file was causing the game to crash.
Axiom Verge players may have experienced a dramatic glitch that was causing the game to crash when entering an area. Turns out it was because developer Tom Happ, “excluded all files with ‘Steam’ in the name… oops.”
Players who downloaded and played Axiom Verge as part of the Epic Games Store giveaway found that when moving from Absu to Zi in the game map it would crash 100% of the time. One of those players, developer Scott LaGrasta, discovered this crash as well and did some investigation into the game files. Going to ‘AxiomVerge\Content\Audio\SoundEffects’ in his PC he was able to find that copying and renaming one of the files “Steam.xnb” would allow you to progress, however it came with the caveat that the sound would play every time a jet of steam goes off in-game as well. Scott has worked on many games including the Batman and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Telltale series as well as BioShock 2 and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified with 2K Games.
Tom Happ, developer of Axiom Verge, was quick to put out an update just this afternoon that fixed the error as well as admitting that it stemmed from him not wanting to include Valve’s DLLs (I assume this is referencing Dynamic-Link Libraries). Update 1.46 is a simple download that fixes this error. Both Tom Happ and Sergey Galyonkin (creator of Steam Spy and current employee at Epic Games) apologized for the error and not getting far enough in the uploaded version of the game to encounter the crashes before they appeared for the public.
In Axiom Verge players take control of a character named Trace, who utilize several weapons and power-ups to navigate a massive world that plays on the appearance of glitches and errors in older Metroid-like titles. Originally released on the PS4 in 2015, Axiom Verge went on to the PC, Mac, and Linux later in the year, with Vita, Wii U, and Xbox One releases in 2016. The game then arrived to Switch in late 2017, where it surpassed launch sales of the PS4 version. Both Epic and Tom Happ teamed up to release the game for free from February 7-21, 2019 as part of the Epic Games Store continuing promotions of the platform.