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Axiom Verge crashed on the Epic store because it was missing a file called “steam”

You can't cut all the steam out of your Epic Games store release, it turns out

The latest free title on the Epic Games store is Axiom Verge, and this also marks the Metroidvania’s debut on the platform. Unfortunately, this release seems to suffer from an inescapable bug which will make the game crash every single time you try to enter the game’s third area. The issue? It’s been fixed now, but the Epic store version was missing a file called “steam.”

That third area, Zi, features a number of steam vents as obstacles. Each little puff of vapor comes with a sound effect. That sound effect is apparently missing from the Epic store version. So when you enter the area, the game tries to play the sound, and in want of a missing file the game crashes.

The bug’s been reported on Twitter and the game’s official subredditmore than once. ResetEra users have dug through error logs and game files to confirm that it is indeed the missing “steam.xnb” file that’s causing the crash. We’ve reached out to the Axiom Verge developer to find out more about what happened.

Yes, your guess is probably the same as that of everyone else on the internet – and yes, you’re right. Developer Tom Happ says on Twitter that “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.”

The fix is out now, so if your game is up to date you should be fine. Regardless, it’s still hilarious.

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I’m going to take this opportunity to say that Axiom Verge is one of my absolute favourite indie games and I don’t think there’s a finer take on the Metroidvania out there. Hopefully this bug gets fixed soon – you know, after we’ve all had a chance to laugh about it.