Yesterday, we witnessed the physical release of the Metroidvania game Axiom Verge. An indie action game developed by Thomas Happ and distributed by BadLand Games. The game became available on the Multiverse Edition for PS4, Switch and Xbox One. This is a great way of supporting a good developer and a very unique cause.
The cause comes with Thomas Happ’s complicated situation. You see, it’s no secret that Mr. Happ has been working on the continued growth of the game while dealing with a challenging medical condition for his son.
Now, in a blog post detailing his excitement at the game arriving at retail in its latest guise, he’s shared a rather lovely gesture by publisher BadLand Games.
“I’ve tried to be pretty open about my son Alastair’s health situation. In short, he was born healthy, but the doctors failed to treat a routine case of jaundice during a critical period when he was just days old.” Mentions Thomas before talking about how the doctors handled the issue. “The result was a life-long condition called Kernicterus that is characterized by severe neurological damage which robbed Alastair of much of his motor control and hearing.”
So, why is this important? Well, BadLand games offered a unique chance to Thomas Happ that he wouldn’t reject. “They offered to donate 75% of their share to a special fund dedicated to Alastair’s ongoing health care costs.” Says Thomas in his blog.
The most adorable part about this is that BadLand didn’t want to disclose this. Mainly because nobody wanted to make people think Thomas was using his son’s condition as a marketing for a game. And before I am told about what kind of insensitive dickwad would think this, That Dragon, Cancer, ‘nuff said.
It’s nice to see publishers caring about their developers. It’s one of the reasons why I would suggest anyone to support Thomas by buying the Physical version of Axiom Verge. Not only would you get a very cool Metroidvania experience, you’d be supporting a great cause.