Pixelated platformer Axiom Verge is on its way to PS4 and Vita thanks to a boost from Sony's Pub Fund initiative, which offers cash and support to independent developers.

Axiom Verge is a blend of Metroid, Contra and pretty pixel art, and it has a hacking mechanic on top of its shooting and platforming elements. The game comes from one-man studio Tom Happ. He introduces the storyline as follows: "A failed scientist dies in an accident, only to awaken in a mysterious, alien world. Where is he? How did he get here? And why do the fundamental laws of reality appear broken?"

Maybe because we can't handle all of this awesome nostalgia, Happ. Maybe that's it.

As of April 10, Axiom Verge was in development for PC and Xbox 360.
[Image: Tom Happ]

This article was originally published on Joystiq.