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Exception is a combat platformer set inside a computer system which has been hijacked by a totalitarian virus. Lead the resistance across stylistic transforming levels.

Retro-Futuristic Platformer ‘Exception’ Out Now on Switch

The exception to the rule

Greenville, SC -- August 13th -- Today Traxmaster Software announced that 2.5D combat platformer, Exception, is now available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch for $14.99/€12.49/£10.99. Drawing inspiration from arcade video games, Exception blends old-school retro feel through sleek visuals and a groovy synthwave soundtrack with a modern take on classic platforming via a unique level shifting mechanic that creates thrilling action platforming mayhem.

“After five years in development I am stoked to finally release Exception for everyone to enjoy,” said Will Traxler, Founder of Traxmaster Software. “The shifting environment in Exception offers players a new way to experience action platforming while the whole game aesthetic harkens back to arcade nostalgia.”

In Exception an old woman’s computer has been taken over by ‘Titan’, a totalitarian virus hijacking the operating system. Players take on the role of a hero who must vanquish the malicious invader that is set to destroy the system before it crashes. Using easy controls, traverse through more than 120 timed byte-sized levels, overcoming various obstacles and enemies as quickly as possible to secure a place on one of the online leaderboards catered to different playstyles. Whether the player chooses an evasion tactic or straight up combat, Exception’s classic platforming experience features an innovative level shifting mechanic, which spices up the gameplay and reveals secret pathways and collectables. Finally, players can enjoy over two hours of futuresynth soundtrack from nine top artists in the genre, including Waveshaper and Kalax, that complement Exception’s neon-cyberpunk aesthetic.

Localised into English, French, German, Russian, Chinese and Japanese, Exception is out now on Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

For more information, visit: http://exceptiongame.com
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Exception's dev talks about the potential for DLC

Exceptional!

Exception is hitting the Switch tomorrow, and it's jam-packed with content. The game includes 128 levels spread across 16 different worlds, and 15 bosses to take down. While you'd think that might be enough for one game, developer Will Traxler would love to offer more later. He shared the following comment in an interview with TheXboxHub.

I’d love to have the opportunity to expand the title somehow. If the economics make sense I could imagine working up a new set of levels and possibly adding a new chapter to the story.

Exception - another round of gameplay

When an old woman's computer is taken over by a virus bent on total annihilation, you assume control of an ordinary software program transformed into an elite combat machine. Retake the system and build your character into a formidable instrument of retribution.

Exception confirmed for Aug. 13th, 2019 release, new gameplay trailer shown, plus price and file size info

Will it be the exception to the rule?

Exception is a combat platformer set inside a computer system which has been hijacked by a totalitarian virus. A lone member of the system must step up to lead the resistance and battle against this brutal regime. Expertly combine razor sharp reflexes with elaborate attacks to topple the virus and restore freedom.

A New Approach to Platforming

Two-dimensional action in a three-dimensional world. Entire levels transform to reveal new challenges and opportunities. Explore distant areas exposed by the shifting environment. Each level is an elaborate puzzle that unfolds as you progress.

Synthwave Soundtrack

A soundtrack assembled from the very best Synthwave artists. Enjoy nearly two-hours of Synthwave tracks from artists including Kalax and Waveshaper It's the perfect complement to Exception's retro-futuristic aesthetic.

Challenge the Leaderboards

Compete for the best time on your favorite levels through more than 800 Steam leaderboards. Employ diverse play-styles to top specific leaderboards. Compete for the best combat time by destroying all enemies or try for a great pacifist time by leaving your enemies unharmed.

Illustrated story

The story of Exception told across 17 illustrated cutscenes. Learn about the system collapse and subsequent power vacuum that gave rise to a fascist virus. Join a gang of four misfit software threads in their journey to overthrow the brutal regime and restore freedom to the system.

Upgrade your Character to Unleash Special Attacks

Execute a variety of special attacks and string together creative combinations to maximize your destruction. Collect hidden artifacts to purchase attack upgrades and push the limits of your destruction.

Dynamic Bonus System

Chain multiple airborne attacks to earn time bonuses. Harness your creativity to uncover the fastest level routes with the most bonus potential. Aggressive attack strategies yield the highest bonuses.

Exception is set to hit Switch on Aug. 13th, 2019. The title is priced at $15, and takes up 4.5 GB of space.

Rotating Action Platformer ‘Exception’ Combines 2D Action with a 3D World; Available This Summer on Switch

The exception to the rule, of course

Greenville, SC -- June 25th -- Traxmaster Software today announced that its debut title, Exception, is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch this summer. Exception is a combat platformer set inside an elderly woman’s computer overrun by totalitarian malware. Featuring good ol’ run/jump/attack controls, Exception reinvents traditional platforming through a unique transformation mechanic where levels rotate and move, opening up new and exciting gameplay elements.

“As a hardcore NES nerd, I feel inspired by games like Ninja-Gaiden and Castelvania and feel like simplicity is the key to a great gaming experience,” said Will Traxler, Founder of Traxmaster Software. “Exception has this old school vibe with a modern rotating twist that takes advantage of today’s 3D technology. It’s a game which is easy to pick up and play and will bring joy for a novice gamer just as much as it will for a professional speedrunner.”

An old woman’s computer has been taken over by ‘Titan’, a totalitarian virus set to destroy the operating system. Players take on the role of a hero who must vanquish the malicious invader that is crippling the system before it crashes. Using easy controls, traverse through timed byte-sized levels, overcome various obstacles and enemies as quickly as possible to secure a place on one of the online leaderboards catered to different playstyles. Whether the player chooses an evasion tactic or straight up combat, Exception’s classic platforming experience features an innovative level shifting mechanic, which spices up the gameplay and reveals secret pathways and collectables. Combining two-dimensional action with a three-dimensional world, Exception offers a fresh take on the classic platforming experience.

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