3D Realms have announced they will be renaming their FPS shooter Ion Maiden to Ion Fury, after Iron Maiden’s holding company filed a $2 million lawsuit. At the same time, the company confirmed the game’s release date.
Explaining the change on the official 3D Realms website, CEO Mike Nielsen stated it was for the best and would have little effect on the game:
“After careful consideration, we’ve decided to rename our first-person-shooter “Ion Maiden” to “Ion Fury.” […] 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.”
The publisher also took the opportunity to release a new trailer (which you can view-above), announce the game’s release date, and announce the game’s Big Box special edition. “This edition includes a Bowling Bomb-shaped USB Drive loaded with a DRM-Free version of the game and Soundtrack, a poster, a keycard based on the ones Shelly finds in-game, a making-of booklet, a Bowling Bomb sticker set, and of course Ion Fury, all for $59.99.”
Ion Fury is currently available in Early Access via GOG and Steam, and will release August 15th for Windows PC and Linux. A Q2 2019 release for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One had been announced prior to the lawsuit.