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Amazon UK lists retail version of Ion Fury as listing on May 29th, 2020

Can't wait to play this!

While not officially confirmed, Amazon UK seems to know the release date for the physical version of Ion Fury. According to their listing, the retail version of the title is set to launch on May 29th, 2020. The game still doesn't have an eShop release date either, so this might be some indication of when to expect the game's launch in general.

Ion Fury - more gameplay

3D Realms, creators of Duke Nukem 3D, Prey, and Max Payne, are excited to team up with Voidpoint to bring back the legendary Build Engine, famously known for classic first-person shooters like Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior, and Blood. Ion Fury is the real deal!

Ion Fury gets a new trailer

This might be the launch trailer for Ion Fury, but the title is only available on PC right now. The game is indeed coming to Switch, although we don't have any idea on when. Today's press release for the game's PC launch simply states that it's coming to all consoles 'later.'

IGN Video - Ion Fury gameplay and review


3D Realms, creators of Duke Nukem 3D, Prey, and Max Payne, are excited to team up with Voidpoint to bring back the legendary Build Engine, famously known for classic first-person shooters like Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior, and Blood. Ion Fury is the real deal!

Digital Foundry - Ion Fury analysis

DF Retro x Modern? 3D Realms is back with a BRAND NEW first-person shooter based on the classic Duke Nukem 3D Build engine. Enhanced, upgraded, and with a modern gameplay design, does the fusion of retro and modern work? John Linneman says yes, delivering this detailed analysis.

Ion Maiden Becomes Ion Fury, New Trailer Released

Name changed to avoid legal issues

Prague, Czech Republic, July 11th, 2019 – Ion Maiden, the old-school first-person shooter developed by Voidpoint and published by 3D Realms and 1C Entertainment, will release under a new title to avoid legal issues with a certain popular heavy metal band. Ion Fury fires out of Early Access and 1.0 bursts onto PC August 15, with Nintendo SwitchTM, PlayStation® 4 and Xbox One coming later. To celebrate, PC Big Box-style physical copies are now available for pre-order.

Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison finally has a deadly date on her calendar with Dr. Jadus Heskel and his army of cyber-cultists. With signature weapons including her Loverboy revolver and Bowling Bombs, every cyborg she sees is about four seconds away from being nothing but gibs n’ gore.

Lovingly crafted in Build engine which powered ‘90s classics such as Duke Nukem 3D, Blood and Shadow Warrior, Ion Fury fuses nostalgic looks with today’s technology to create the ultimate shooter. Modern features like auto-saves, improved physics and map interactivity, headshots, widescreen functionality and controller support, simply weren’t possible back then, but Ion Fury brings the best of both worlds.


To celebrate the sheer madness of a modern shooter made in the Build engine, Shelly’s getting the Big Box she deserves. This edition includes a Bowling lBomb-shaped USB Drive, a poster, a keycard based on the ones Shelly finds in-game, a making-of booklet, a lanyard, and of course Ion Fury, all for $59.99.

Haven’t played yet, and find that trigger finger is getting itchy? The Digital Only edition of Ion Fury is available now on Steam Early Access in English, for $19.99. As the game has doubled in planned scope since its unveiling, the price will rise to $24.99 one week from today on July 18. Now’s the perfect time to pick it up and start blasting.

“After careful consideration, we’ve decided to rename our first-person-shooter “Ion Maiden” to “Ion Fury,” said Mike Nielsen, CEO of 3D Realms. “A lot of thought went into this, but most importantly it would be a disservice to our loyal fanbase and the fantastic developers, to drag out a long lawsuit. The amazing gameplay, interactivity and pure fun, is what makes Ion Fury a great game. Not the title.”

For more information please explore the official websites for 3D Realms, Ion Fury, and 1C Entertainment.

Iron Maiden suing 3D Realms over Ion Maiden

Holy Smokes!

Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in 1975. Ion Maiden is a 90's-style FPS being published by 3D Realms. Have you ever gotten the two confused, or did you think that one was related to the other? Iron Maiden thinks you have, and they're suing 3D Realms over it.

Iron Maiden says Ion Maiden's logo and marketing is “an effort to confuse consumers into believing Defendant’s products and services are somehow affiliated with or approved by Iron Maiden.” The lawsuit claims that the “Defendant’s misappropriation and use of a virtually identical imitation of the Iron Maiden trademark creates a likelihood of confusion among consumers. Customers who view Defendant’s video game and merchandise are likely to believe that Iron Maiden is somehow affiliated with Defendant.”

Taking things a step further, the lawsuit says “there have been numerous instances of actual confusion with Iron Maiden fans believing that Defendants’ Ion Maiden products are related to Iron Maiden.” The following examples were given.

“...commenting that they were misled into believing that the Ion Maiden game was an Iron Maiden game.”
“...clicking on an Ion Maiden online thread thinking that the thread was related to Iron Maiden.”
“...reading an article about the Ion Maiden video game waiting for an explained connection to Iron Maiden.”
“...wondering the whole time, while reading an article about the Ion Maiden video game, how they (Defendant) got the license to use the Ion Maiden name (from Iron Maiden).”
“...expressing genuine excitement for an Iron Maiden video game.”
“...and commenting that ‘all that’s missing is an … Iron Maiden soundtrack’ and that the Iron Maiden song ‘Can I Play with Madness’ would fit right in.”

Iron Maiden is looking for $2 million in damages, and they'd like to see the game’s website (ionmaiden.com) taken down, or have ownership transferred over.

3D Realms Joins with 1C Entertainment to Bring Ion Maiden to Switch (digital and retail)

DALLAS, TX – October 23, 2018 – 3D Realms, the developer of classic first-person shooters including Duke Nukem and Shadow Warrior, will collaborate with global PC and console publisher 1C Entertainment to bring Ion Maiden to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Q2 2019, in addition to the previously announced Steam release. Voidpoint, developer on the project, has teamed with 3D Realms and 1C Publishing, who will be publishing. 3D Realms and IC Publishing will also collaborate on a new unannounced FPS based on the original Quake engine coming to all the same platforms as Ion Maiden.

Ion Maiden’s exclusive multi-hour preview campaign is available on Steam Early Access for $19.99 in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Russian. The retro first-person shooter developed in the Build engine, which powered Duke Nukem 3D, Blood, and Shadow Warrior, will simultaneously release on all platforms Q2 2019 in both digital and physical formats. In this prequel to 2016’s Bombshell, Shelly has to take down transhumanist mastermind Dr. Jadus Heskel.

While Ion Maiden utilizes a classic engine, Early Access players have still found the modern staples they’ve come to expect, including headshots, more physics and interactivity, widescreen support, controller support and auto-saves. 3D Realms and 1C Entertainment are taking the best of both worlds and cooking it all into a bloody stew.

1C Entertainment is responsible for the popular RTS series Men of War, the fantasy tactical role-playing games King’s Bounty, and World War II flight simulator series IL-2 Sturmovik. Collaborating with 3D Realms promises to bring both teams’ creative powers together and deliver the high-quality content gamers know both companies for.

"Presenting games like Ion Maiden to all of 3D Realms' fans is our number one priority," said Mike Nielsen, CEO of 3D Realms. "Partnering with 1C Entertainment means we can make our dedicated community happier by bringing Shelly to consoles."

"I was always a fan of the old-school classic FPS titles Duke Nukem 3D, Blood, Max Payne and Shadow Warrior, so I am super thrilled to partner with a legendary studio such as 3D Realms," said Nikolay Baryshnikov, CEO of 1C Entertainment. "As a global publisher, our goal is to bring top-quality titles to all the gamers around the world, and our cooperation with 3D Realms is a great addition to our portfolio. For me personally, it’s a kid’s dream come true."

For more information please explore the official websites for 3D Realms, Ion Maiden, and 1C Entertainment.

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