Fans of 2D exploration games are in for a treat these next few weeks. Metroid: Samus Returns is coming to the Nintendo 3DS this Friday, and now it looks like Axiom Verge will be releasing early for the Nintendo Switch via the eShop on October 5th. According to a recent eShop posting, the game will release at a price of $19.99 on October 5th, just a few weeks before the physical standard edition and Multiverse Edition were previously slated to release. However, the physical edition of the game has now been pushed back to a November release with no specific date.
Dan Adelman, Nintendo's former indie head, took to Reddit to explain the release date changes:
"[This is Dan Adelman. I'm helping Tom Happ with the business side of Axiom Verge.]
"Short answer: it will be hitting the NA eShop on 10/5 as well. NOA just hasn't updated their page yet.
"Longer answer: 10/17/17 was our original plan so we could sim-launch with the retail sku. Due to some production issues (apparently A LOT of people want to produce Switch cartridges for this holiday!) we're going to need to push out our retail release date by a few weeks. The game is already done and ready to release, so we were faced with the decision of should we (a) hold off on releasing the digital version until the retail version is out, (b) stick with our original release date even though it won't sync up with the retail launch, or (c) move the release date up.
"We really didn't want to go with option (a) since the eShop is getting more cluttered every week. Given that the retail and digital launch would not be the same day anymore, it didn't make much sense for us just to hold onto the game and let it collect dust until 10/17. We kind of want it out ASAP! :)
"Since it's already done and through Lotcheck (Nintendo's certification process) we actually could release it at any point - today even - but we want to send review codes out to press and give them a chance to write up their reviews in advance of launch day." — Dan Adelman
In addition to the new October eShop release date of Axiom Verge, the physical releases of Axiom Verge: Multiverse Edition will release for PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii U, and Nintendo Switch sometime in November.
Are you excited to play Axiom Verge on the Switch in just a few weeks? Will you be waiting for the physical version instead? Let us know in the comments below!