Previously being called Ion Maiden, Voidpoint and 3D Realms have announced when their game will be leaving early access and that it will now be called Ion Fury. After having been in their early access stage for over a year, players will be able to experience a more refined and finished game. Ion Fury takes on the first-person shooter and artistic style of Duke Nukem 3D and that’s probably because it was also a classic from 3D Realms. This engine is known as the Build Engine and the devs are excited to bring the spiritual successor to the Duke Nukem franchise.
Playing as Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, players will become familiar with the cybernetic world of Neo D.C. that has become infested with mechanical cults. The evil Doctor Jadus Heskel has released these fiends and it is the duty of former bomb diffuser Harrison to take them all down. This mission of carnage and explosions will run through multi-layered levels, human and non-human enemies, and secrets areas around every corner. One of the aspects that will up the difficulty of Ion Fury will be the lack of a health regenerating mechanic, which will require players to “stop taking cover and start running and gunning.” For a limited time of a month, potential players can acquire the Ion Fury Big Box. This collector’s edition is a 90’s style collection of the game on a flash drive that is included along with the digital copy, its soundtrack, a poster, and booklet detailing the making of the game.
The reasoning behind renaming Ion Maiden to Ion Fury is pretty self-explanatory. The members of the band Iron Maiden believed that the original game’s title was too similar to theirs and that players would think that the two were related. The lawsuit was originally filed back in May of this year against 3D Realms and it appears the conflict didn’t last too long as the name has been changed.
Ion Fury makes its way out of early access for PC players on August 15.