3D Realms Returns With A Retro Shooter

This looks like serious retro fun.

DALLAS, TX – Feb. 28, 2018 – Ion Maiden, the old-school first-person shooter from 3D Realms and Voidpoint, will release for Windows PC, Mac, and Linux in Q3 2018. The game is available in Steam Early Access today! Players will receive a complete and polished exclusive multi-hour preview campaign.
Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison earned her nickname as a bomb disposal expert for the Global Defense Force. When transhumanist cult mastermind Dr. Jadus Heskel unleashes a cybernetic army on Neo DC, Shelly decides it’s time to start chucking bombs rather than diffusing them.
Her journey will leave trails of blood and gore in huge, multi-path levels filled with those famous colorful keycards and plenty of secrets and Easter Eggs to discover behind every corner. There’s also no regenerating health here, so stop taking cover and start running and gunning. Honestly, Ion Maiden should probably come out on three hundred floppy disks.
Shelly’s quest to take down Dr. Heskel’s army will see her use an arsenal of weapons, all with alternate fire modes or different ammo types. Her signature revolver, Loverboy, brings enemies pain and players pleasure with single shots, or Shelly can fan the hammer Old West style. Shotguns are fun, but tossing grenades down their barrels and firing explosive rounds is even better. Bowling Bombs are just as violent and over-the-top as one would hope.
Ion Maiden laughs at the idea of constant checkpoints and straight paths through shooting galleries. But just because this is a true old-school first-person shooter doesn’t mean there won’t be all the good new stuff the last two decades have brought. Headshots? Hell yeah. More physics and interactivity? You betcha. Widescreen, controller support, and Auto Saves? 3D Realms and Voidpoint took the best of both worlds and cooked it all into a bloody stew.
3D Realms and Voidpoint are proud to bring back the Build engine, which powered Duke Nukem 3D, Blood, and Shadow Warrior, in all of its hand-crafted pixelated glory. They’ve spent a lot of time tinkering under the hood to take advantage of new technology and techniques. Bigger levels, hundreds of new colors, and morphing maps that transform mid-level are all just a few of the advancements made to the engine.
Ion Maiden is available on Steam Early Access now for $19.99. The game will fully launch in Q3 2018 in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Russian.
“Bringing back classic build-engine shooters has been our aim for years, so we’re diving right into a spiritual successor to the games which put 3D Realms on the map,” Frederik Schreiber, Vice President, 3D Realms. “The team assembled for this project knows exactly how to execute our vision, and we couldn’t be more excited to finally bring back a true 3D Realms shooter.”
For more information please explore 3D Realms’ and Voidpoint’s website


One Comment

  1. Kris said:

    I love the first person shooter aspect, and the overall aesthetic of the game. The fact that there are multiple weapons to choose from is also a cool mechanic. I’m definitely excited to try it out! It seems like a ton of cool games are coming out this year though. One that I’m really looking forward to is Nova Nukers. It’s a competitive multiplayer that has a unique spherical stage design and weapons that are supposed to effect the environment. I’ve never seen these two things used together in a multiplayer, so I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.

    March 1, 2018

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