Nate Purkeypile on The Axis Unseen's first public play test

Solo developer Nate Purkeypile recently showed off The Axis Unseen on a large scale and we talked to him about his findings.


Just Purkey Games has been working on The Axis Unseen for some time. The game is coming off a large-scale play test and it now looks like it's gearing up for a full release. To learn more, we spoke with studio founder Nate Purkeypile.

Purkeypile notes the addition of some new mechanics. A full-blown weather system has been added for some visual flair. Mechanically, players can now use a Spirit Arrow to scout ahead and be ready for what's over the horizon and can expect a full magic system to be implemented down the road.

It's the type of thing that can be expected from one of the developers behind Starfield, Skyrim, and Fallout. Purkeypile talks about the differences between working on big AAA titles and going solo on a game like The Axis Unseen. While Purkeypile is building the game on his own, it looks like an ambitious project that will have players monster hunting for hours at a time.

The Axis Unseen is set to release on PC later this year. For more interviews like this, be sure to subscribe to Shacknews and Shacknews Interviews on YouTube.

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    May 15, 2024 3:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Nate Purkeypile on The Axis Unseen's first public play test

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      May 15, 2024 3:01 PM

      I refuse to believe Purkeypile is a real last name

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        May 15, 2024 3:51 PM

        It's a catchy influencer name, like Dunkey or Mr Beast.

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          May 15, 2024 3:54 PM

          Or feek

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          May 16, 2024 7:00 AM

          My stupid last name is definitely part of why I put "Purkey" in my company name, I was like, hey that's stupid and memorable, let's roll with it.

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            May 16, 2024 7:04 AM

            It’s an easy win. I’d do the same

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        May 16, 2024 6:43 AM

        My best friend growing up was a Burkeybyle. Perfectly normal name, y'all

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          May 16, 2024 6:52 AM

          Did you grow up in Narnia?

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            May 16, 2024 6:53 AM

            The American suburbs, so ... yeah

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              May 16, 2024 6:57 AM

              Was it Kansas? I guess there's a bunch of them there. Maybe some kept the original German name?

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          May 16, 2024 7:35 AM

          i come from a long line of Turkeylurkys

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        May 16, 2024 6:57 AM

        Yeah, can you believe someone changed it from the original German name (Birkenbeil or something like that) and was like "Yeah, this sounds American. Nailed it."

        P.S. That's me.

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          May 16, 2024 8:05 AM

          Mine is Austrian/German and ... is exactly how it's supposed to be spelled. There are a lot of folks that have an American-ized spelling of the same surname though.

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      May 16, 2024 6:45 AM

      Really looking forward to Axis Unseen, these previews are getting better and better

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        May 16, 2024 6:58 AM

        Thanks! Hope you like it!

        BTW If any Shackers (within reason, not like... 500 people lol) want in on the private playtest I have a Discord and I'm adding more and more people over time since I launch this year.

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