Battle Axe: Special Edition [PS5]

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For as long as you and your people can remember, your homeland of Mercia has been held in the tyrannical grip of 'Etheldred'; a despotic sorceress who resides in a seemingly impenetrable tower in the distant icy wastelands to the north. Every seven years she sends her armies south to handpick inhabitants from each township who will be subjected to a life of slavery, and they are never heard from again.


A call is sent out to champions across the land pleading with them to put a end to her rule. An elf, a wizard and a marauder answer the call. Join this band of heroes on their quest the vanquish evil from the land and defeat Etheldred once and for all!

Pixel art fun

an adventure for pixel art enthusiasts, with gorgeously designed characters and environments to enjoy with every frame

Hack n' slash adventure

familiar yet revitalised, thanks to new gameplay elements, improved controls and pixel perfect animations

Enjoy a timeless melody

a superb soundtrack by legendary composer Manamii Matsumae

Solo or co-op - choose from three highly-detailed heroes to embark with on your quest, playing alone or with a friend in local co-op

Inspired by the classics - inspired by genre classics like 'Gauntlet' and 'Golden Axe'

  • Battle Axe embarks on a PS5 adventure with a brand new physical Special Edition. Experience the game on PS5 for the first time, with challenging arcade hack n' slash gameplay by Bitmap Bureau (XenoCrisis, Final Vendetta) and jaw dropping pixel art by industry legend Henk Nieborg. Original soundtrack by renowned composer Manami Matsumae (Mega Man, Shovel Knight, Dynasty Warriors, more).
  • Choose from three heroes each with signature weapons, traits, and special abilities to tackle the ghouls and goblins that stand in your way. Play solo or bring along a friend for a co-op adventure.
  • Your homeland of Mercia has been held in the tyrannical grip of 'Etheldred'; a despotic sorceress residing in an impenetrable tower in the distant icy wastelands. A band of heroes set out on a quest to end her reign once and for all. An homage to arcade greats 'Gauntlet' and 'Golden Axe' with a modern twist from an experienced game dev studio. A modern day classic arcade action game!
  • New casual difficulty mode (with unlimited continues).
  • New strafing mechanic. Move whilst you use your ranged ability!
  • Improved CRT shader.
  • Additional game re-balances.
  • Languages: English in-game voice, and English, French, Italian, German, Spanish (Spain), Arabic, Dutch, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean in-game text.

Additional Content

EXCLUSIVE PS5 SPECIAL EDITION: Includes the Base Game, Soundtrack CD by Manami Matsumae and an exclusive game sleeve displaying the games lead villain Etheldred.


Inspired by the classic adventure games of the 80s & 90s, Battle Axe is an arcade top-down hack & slash created by veteran pixel artist Henk Nieborg. Battle Axe features high quality visuals, true to form game mechanics, and music from the legendary VGM composer Manami Matsumae - retro gamers rejoice!


Release Date: April 23th, 2021.