Axiom of Maria is a fast-paced and story-driven action-adventure game by a solo dev Henry Lee. The free demo and the official release will be available in early 2023.
In 2074, Seoul became a ghost town because of the population cliff and pandemic disease, not war. AI filled up the vacuum of the government to preserve human culture and maintain infrastructure.
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The concept for this game development originated from the sensational gaming experience of punching and defeating opponents during bike fights in the game “Full Throttle.” The phenomenal sword fighting in “Devil May Cry” and “Ninja Gaiden,” along with the new progressive style, fusing directing and playing together of “Another World,” and the impressive bike fighting scenes in “Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children,” inspired me to create Axiom of Maria as my very first game out of 20 other potential game development ideas I have conceived.
Based on these gaming experiences and ideas, I wanted to make a game with a story inspired by “The A-Team,” an American action-adventure TV series from the 1980s, set in the future of Seoul. Rather than lengthening the playtime with repeated actions, I included fast-moving and new actions with an intriguing story as key features. I spiced up the game with some retro vibes.
The initial storyline was envisioned as an homage to “The A-Team” but plot in the future of Seoul. As I added the characters with superhuman powers to fight against the opponent AI organizations, stories of myths and legends came to mind. One story is about the battles between a hero and the god of harvest, and the other is about an ungodly Indian chief. I approached and designed the story of this game from the point-of-view of AI that became analogous with the time when our ancestors became conscious of embarrassment, fear, and inner struggle between eating and storing grains. The relevant stories are revealed later in this game.
Background Setting and Story
Due to a population cliff and epidemic in 2043, the population of Korea plummeted below one million people in 2074. Seoul, which has become a ghost town and empty of government agencies, has been managed by AI and it is unknown how much AI has taken over. In 2070, superpowers called the “irregulars” began to appear. Scientists reported that the irregulars were associated with the epidemic of 2043. Irregulars do not know they are irregulars until they experience their superhuman powers. The government considers the irregulars as a threat and attempts to control them.