Axiom Verge is available for free on the Epic Games Store today as part of a limited-time promotion. But reports have come in that Axiom Verge consistently crashes on Epic's launcher during a specific area. It turns out this is because of an overzealous attempt to scrub Axiom Verge's Epic launch of any files related to Steam, including what turned out to be an important audio file.
Downloaded Axiom Verge from Epic Store (it's free and I hear it's good). Game crashes 100% entering an area. I poke around & find the log files. Turns out it's missing a sound effect: "steam". I have a pretty good idea how & why that happened, lol— Scott LaGrasta (@NoGasta) February 7, 2019
Players began reporting on social media that Axiom Verge seems to be crashing consistently whenever the player enters a specific area. According to reports, Axiom Verge would crash whenever the player moved between the Absu area to Zi. A little digging from user @NoGasta revealed that this was because the sound effect file "Steam" is missing from Epic's version of Axiom Verge.
Axiom Verge developer Tom Happ confirmed this to be the case on his Twitter account. "I was thinking it being Epic and all, I shouldn't include [Valve's] dlls and such, so I excluded all files with "Steam" in the name... oops." Happ says anybody missing the Steam.xnb sound file can go to Axiom Verge in their Epic Games Store library and update it. The new version of Axiom Verge should contain the missing sound file.
For anyone missing Steam.xnb from the Epic store, please go to AV in your library, click the gear icon, Verify, then Update. I was thinking it being Epic and all, I shouldn't include valve's dlls and such, so I excluded all files with "Steam" in the name... oops.— Tom Happ (@AxiomVerge) February 7, 2019
While the problem appears to be solved now, the episode has proven to be an unintentional actualization of the Epic vs. Steam rivalry. While we've seen Epic posture its burgeoning digital storefront with exclusives like Metro Exodus, who would've thought Steam's very existence could unintentionally sabotage Epic's latest release?
If you haven't checked out Axiom Verge yet we highly recommend it. Our Axiom Verge review awarded the Metroidvania throwback a perfect score, calling it, "brilliantly designed and executed." Axiom Verge is available for free on the Epic Games Store until February 21.