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Ion Maiden has become Ion Fury, release date announced for August 15th

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In development from Voidpoint and 3D Realms, the retro FPS Ion Maiden has now become Ion Fury. They've also announced the final release for August 15th with a new trailer.

Why the name change? Well, they were in a bit of a legal problem with the band 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."

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From the information I was sent in the press releases, you might want to pick it up and check out the (rather excellent) preview campaign early as the price will be rising on July 18th from $19.99 to $24.99. They said this is due to the game's scope being basically double what they originally planned.

Head over to GOG and Steam for your copy/wishlisting. Alternatively, you can also go to the official site to grab a copy of the "Big Box" which includes a Bowling Bomb-shaped USB Drive that holds a DRM-free copy of the game and soundtrack, a poster, a keycard based on the one you find in-game, a making-of booklet and a sticker set for $59.99.

I'm extremely hyped for this release, I absolute love first-person shooters and while Ion Fury looks retro it does have quite a few modern touches to it that make it worthy of playing. It's the simple things like auto-saves, improved physics and map interactivity, headshots, widescreen functionality and so on.

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TheSHEEEP 11 July 2019 at 2:21 pm UTC
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Ion Maiden, Ion Fury. Whatever!
I just want to have some really nice proof that oldschool graphics aren't dead at all and a very legitimate style choice.
Same for that kind of gameplay, of course.


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sub 11 July 2019 at 2:30 pm UTC
Can we please have a leaked patch that restores all the Ion Maiden related stuff?
Shmerl 11 July 2019 at 3:02 pm UTC
The first name was better, but whatever. Developers should focus on making the game, instead of fighting Iron Maiden bullying. Looking forward to full release!
Shmerl 11 July 2019 at 3:03 pm UTC
subCan we please have a leaked patch that restores all the Ion Maiden related stuff?

I'd welcome that. They can make it a community patch to avoid legal issues
Gobo 11 July 2019 at 3:06 pm UTC
I'm glad they are able to settle it just like that and get on with the game.

On the other hand, that is a dent in the shiny aura that surrounds Iron Maiden in my eyes. Not cool. I mean, come on, how could a brand new video game be mistaken for THE metal band that has been around for decades?

Would have been way better if they had worked out some tongue in cheek appearance, probably even with a commercial tie in that promotes their latest album or something. Think of at least posters in the game or some of their songs playing in bars or crowds lining up before a stadium for a concert. And the band playing their song "Iron Maiden" while showing a speed-run of the game or something. Both sides could have gotten a good laugh out of this.

Anyone remember Notch challenging Bethesda for a Quake match to settle their dispute over the Scrolls name? That is what fans love, not that legal nonsense.

Oh Well, wherever, wherever you are,
Iron Maiden's gonna get you, no matter how far.
See the blood flow watching it shed up above my head.
Iron Maiden wants you for dead.


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Whitewolfe80 11 July 2019 at 4:33 pm UTC
Raising the price not sure thats a good move as to be honest i thought it was overpriced. But i prefer story based fps games. But i hope this does well especially as its a true native game
svartalf 11 July 2019 at 4:45 pm UTC
GoboI'm glad they are able to settle it just like that and get on with the game.

Indeed.

GoboOn the other hand, that is a dent in the shiny aura that surrounds Iron Maiden in my eyes. Not cool. I mean, come on, how could a brand new video game be mistaken for THE metal band that has been around for decades?

Let's for a moment, set aside the notion that it's the band that did this. I'm betting good money that their lawyers or their label's lawyers were in full play. Entirely too many lawyers are pure unadulterated, unmitigated d*cks, full stop.

GoboWould have been way better if they had worked out some tongue in cheek appearance, probably even with a commercial tie in that promotes their latest album or something. Think of at least posters in the game or some of their songs playing in bars or crowds lining up before a stadium for a concert. And the band playing their song "Iron Maiden" while showing a speed-run of the game or something. Both sides could have gotten a good laugh out of this.

Which is why I'm inclined to believe that a humorless prick (A? One?? Yeah, who am I kidding here?) in the legal staff on that side of things was solely in charge. A good attorney would've been trying for something that preserved trademark and copyright and yet made epic PR for at least their clients. The law REQUIRES work on ensuring purity, etc. of the same instead of dilution- but there's ways of doing this...and more than one of them.

GoboAnyone remember Notch challenging Bethesda for a Quake match to settle their dispute over the Scrolls name? That is what fans love, not that legal nonsense.

Yet another reason why I say what I do on this. It wasn't the band...it was their label's prick lawyers.


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svartalf 11 July 2019 at 4:46 pm UTC
Whitewolfe80Raising the price not sure thats a good move as to be honest i thought it was overpriced. But i prefer story based fps games. But i hope this does well especially as its a true native game

Should have similar or better overall performance. Overpriced? On what basis?
Maath 11 July 2019 at 4:52 pm UTC
Sadly another example where laws aren't about who is legal, but who is wealthy.

Still this game looks awesome.
dpanter 11 July 2019 at 5:17 pm UTC
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I just hope the name change didn't have a hefty law suit settlement price tag on it.
Nevertheless, the game is just as awesome now as Ion Fury!
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