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Panic Button

Known for their triple A Nintendo Switch Ports

Panic Button is a video game developer based out of Austin, Texas. Founded in 2007 by four coworkers that worked together at Acclaim Entertainment, a now defunct video game publisher. The development studio is currently best known for their AAA video game ports from other platforms to the Nintendo Switch.

The founders of Panic Button, Craig Galley, D. Michael Traub, Russell Byrd and Aaron Smischney joined video game developer Inevitable Entertainment after leaving Acclaim Entertainment. Inevitable Entertainment was acquired by Midway Games in 2004 and renamed Midway Studios Austin. After the acquisition Midway decided to remove all game development responsibilities from the studio and tasked them with streamlining Midway’s development tools and technology instead.

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Axiom Verge

Metroidvania style game developed by Tom Happ

Axiom Verge is a metroidvania style video game that was solely developed by Tom Happ as an independent project. Happ was an engineer at Petroglyph Games and began development of Axiom Verge as a hobby after work and on the weekends. While at Petroglyph Games he worked on games such as End of Nations, NFL Street and the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series.

Happ was the sole designer, artist, programmer and composer of the game which he began working on in March 2010. An alpha build of the game was developed, and a public reveal trailer was made available in April 2012. Originally expected to be released for the PC and Xbox 360 in 2013 but the game was ultimately delayed. The game was selected for Sony’s Pub Fund, which offers cash and support to independent developers. With development receiving a financial boost from Sony this allowed Happ to bring the game to the PS4 and PS Vita and with the added support provided the opportunity to launch first on the PS4.

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