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The "Heskel's House of Horrors" update for Ion Maiden is out now

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This was quite a surprise to wake up to today, the in-development FPS Ion Maiden from Voidpoint and 3D Realms just got a pretty sweet update.

Heskel's House of Horrors is the name and killing is very much the game. This update adds in a whole new level to explore along with some other new features. One such new feature, is a secondary fire mode to make the combat that little bit more interesting. I have to say, the Crossbow is a thing of beauty, especially the alternate fire mode where you hold the button down to fire multiple shots together!

From the press release:

Experience a new Ion Maiden demo, featuring a fresh level called Heskel’s House of Horrors, and new weapons perfect for mowing down more of Dr. Jadus Heskel’s deadly cyber-cultist creations into ‘90s-esque pixelated gore while quoting your favorite ‘80s action movies.

Heskel’s House of Horrors features more of everything fans of hardcore retro shooters await: twisting multi-layered stages, secrets galore hiding in plain sight as well as unexpected places, and hordes of enemies to blow the heck up. Dual-wield Submachine Guns for twice the fun, or use Shelly’s new Crossbow to impale the next cultist brave (stupid?) enough to cross her path.

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The full game is still scheduled for sometime in Q2 of this year. Even in the current state, it's a huge amount of fun and worth picking up for their excellent Linux support. Honestly, I'm a huge fan of this already.

You can grab it right now on GOG (unsure if GOG have the update yet) and Steam.

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TheSHEEEP 23 January 2019 at 10:12 am UTC
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Can't wait to get into the game once it is finally finished.
Shmerl 23 January 2019 at 12:23 pm UTC
GOG didn't get it yet.
Kristian 23 January 2019 at 1:05 pm UTC
They also sell the game on the 3D Realms website. Although I think you have to extract the Linux version from the installer if you do that. But it is included.
Jollt 23 January 2019 at 9:03 pm UTC
Just played it all and yeshhh it's amazing. I already was hoping to have only the preview before the main game so this was a very welcome surprise hahah. Game evolved SO MUCH. Alt fires are really cool.
ison111 24 January 2019 at 4:08 am UTC
Awesome. Will definitely check it out soon.
Grimfist 24 January 2019 at 10:22 am UTC
Ah that is the reason why suddenly Ion Maiden wanted to update yesterday? Nice, will check it out this evening
Can't wait for the final game, I love this retro FPS games.
Hamish 25 January 2019 at 8:35 pm UTC
Ion Maiden still does not appear to have been updated on the 3D Realms webstore. There really is no benefit to buying the game directly from the developer it seems, which is pretty poor considering that by doing so I have given them the most support with my purchase.

This date stamp was a tad amusing to find though:

We all know the game is supposed to be retro, but...
Hamish 27 January 2019 at 10:02 pm UTC
For the record it has now been updated on the 3D Realms webstore.
axredneck 28 January 2019 at 11:56 pm UTC
Do they use that unhandy Mapster editor to build such beautiful maps?

Last edited by axredneck at 28 January 2019 at 11:56 pm UTC
Shmerl 29 January 2019 at 1:46 am UTC
The update is out on GOG!
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