Ion Maiden now called Ion Fury, releases next month

The retro-inspired shooter is now known as Ion Fury, and you can check out its classic FPS-tinged vibe next month.

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Ion Maiden, the old-school first-person shooter inspired by the classics of yesteryear, is coming out swinging with a new name: Ion Fury.

Not only does it have a new name, but it's also coming out next month. It'll be exiting Early Access and finally debuting with its full, complete release. Powered by the Build Engine that brought us classics like Duke Nukem 3D, Ion Fury is all about serving up hot and tasty nostalgic action with all the modern niceties, including quicksaves, headshots, widescreen support, and much more.

You play as Shelly "Bombshell" Harrison as you work to wipe out an army of cyber-cultists across the span of this gore-filled shooter. To celebrate its release, it's getting a special Big Box edition with a Bowling Bomb-shaped USB drive with a DRM-free copy of the game and soundtrack, a making-of booklet, a Bowling Bomb sticker set, a keycard based on the ones in-game, and a copy of the game for $59.99.

This name change comes after the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden brought a lawsuit against 3D Realms and Voidpoint, asserting that there "have been numerous instances of actual confusion with Iron Maiden fans believing that [3D Realms'] Ion Maiden products are related to Iron Maiden."

“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.”

You can catch Ion Fury out next month on PC on August 14. Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch versions will be coming at a later date.

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    July 11, 2019 11:00 AM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Ion Maiden now called Ion Fury, releases next month

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      July 11, 2019 11:04 AM

      Well, that's one way to make the trademark lawsuit go away. Also, glad to hear this game is almost finished--can't wait to play it!

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        July 11, 2019 11:36 AM

        It looked like 3D realms was trying to fight it (statement that "Ion Maiden" came from their original game), but the fact the renamed meant they likely weren't going to win that.

        (Keep in mind, Iron Maiden trademarked their name in the appropriate category for video games, so they really do hve that on their side).

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      July 11, 2019 11:21 AM

      It sucks that was the easier solution. And kinda fuck the band for pushing that one.

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        July 11, 2019 11:41 AM

        To be fair when I read this headline my brain automatically parsed it as “Iron Maiden” and was confused why the band was changing their name and this was the only place I heard about it?? And then I re read it and remembered reading about this story here in the past.

        But the initial confusion was real

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      July 11, 2019 11:23 AM

      so fucking excited for this. Been avoiding the early access stuff just to avoid spoilers

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        July 11, 2019 1:57 PM

        Early Access is, as far as I'm aware a preview campaign. I'm sure it'll still be in the game at release, but I've been interpreting that as like the Half Life Day One demo, or the old Starcraft demo that wasn't going to spoil anything (in regards to levels or story or whatever, it obviously includes guns and enemies from the main game).

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      July 11, 2019 11:37 AM

      Good on them but that’s still a bummer. Ion Maiden sounded badass.

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      July 11, 2019 11:39 AM

      They shoulda tried Isotope Maiden and see if that’d work

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      July 11, 2019 11:45 AM

      Should have changed it to Ion Storm.

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      July 11, 2019 11:46 AM

      I actually like Ion Fury better so I can't really be upset about this even though I want to :/

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      July 11, 2019 12:31 PM

      Remember the KISS FPS linked to Psycho Circus?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iIpNmgwCKM

      lol

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        July 11, 2019 1:21 PM

        Haha, yeah I had thst on a PCG demo disc that I played a few times. Those guys merchandise everything. Can't remember if it was using quake 3 engine or unreal.

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          July 11, 2019 2:00 PM

          Lithtech! Cheaper to license. They made a WWII FPS after that but... It wasn't very good. :'(

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        July 11, 2019 1:23 PM

        Developed by the original Daikatana team!

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        July 11, 2019 2:57 PM

        The Aerosmith arcade shooter was better!

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          July 11, 2019 3:27 PM

          I liked it a lot in my yoot. Did you know Steven Tyler was also in a point and click adventure game called 9?

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        July 11, 2019 4:52 PM

        I picked it up from GameStop for about $5 on clearance.

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        July 11, 2019 7:43 PM

        It wasn't the worst FPS I've ever played.

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        July 11, 2019 9:22 PM

        Or the Dr. Dre & Eminem pack for Q3?
        https://youtu.be/eHN7EGj2Pf8

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        July 11, 2019 9:57 PM

        I played a couple hours of that game, it was pretty fun iirc

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