Indie Hit 'Axiom Verge' Shows How One Person Can Take On Video Game Giants

April 7, 2015 1:03 PM

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Indie Hit 'Axiom Verge' Shows How One Person Can Take On Video Game Giants

This success, for a low-budget game, shows a new world order taking hold in the video game industry, which is on track to generate $100 billion in annual sales by 2017. A breakthrough for an indie game isn't unprecedented. "Shovel Knight" for Nintendo Wii U and 3DS found similar success last year, according to its five developers. But the sci-fi, action-adventure "Axiom Verge" had an even smaller team: It was developed entirely by one person who wanted to pay homage to classics like "Super Metroid."

"Axiom Verge," which can be downloaded from the PlayStation Store for $19.99, arrives as sales of physical video games give way to a digital marketplace that allows independent developers a growing niche. While big-name studios are releasing fewer AAA titles, independent teams with small budgets and...

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