3D Realms, creators of Duke Nukem 3D, Prey, and Max Payne, are excited to team up with Voidpoint to bring back the legendary Build Engine, famously known for classic first-person shooters like Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior, and Blood. Ion Maiden is the real deal!
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Our Early Access release is a little bit different from other Early Access games.

For Ion Maiden, we've developed a fully polished "Preview Campaign" which can be downloaded right now, ahead of the release of the full game. This short campaign is specially tailored to introduce players to the world of Ion Maiden, and is a standalone episode which can be played completely from start to finish.

During the Early Access period, we'll be periodically updating the game to introduce new features and content.

When the game leaves Early Access next year, the full campaign will be released and all owners of the game will receive the new content as an update.

Thank you for checking out our game!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Until Q2 2019”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version of Ion Maiden will include a completely new, several hour long campaign. Get psyched! Here's some of what you can look forward to:

  • Experience the original BUILD engine on steroids, pumped up and ready to rock again after 20 years!
  • Duck, jump, climb, swim, and blast your way through 7 exciting zones packed with multiple levels of mayhem!
  • A beautiful game world assembled from thousands of hand-crafted textures and sprites
  • An awe-inspiring arsenal of devastating weapons, including multiple ammo types and alternate fire modes. Tri-barreled revolvers, grenade launchers, and heat-seeking smart bombs are your best friends!
  • The classic '90s FPS action you love, meshed with modern inventions like locational damage and seamless level transitions
  • ZERO PROCEDURAL GENERATION. All levels are hand made and full of multiple paths, cool effects, and complex set pieces!
  • Thumping soundtrack comprised of true tracked module music, in authentic FastTracker 2 format
  • Easy access to level editor and other development tools, plus Steam Workshop support
  • The true successor to classic shooters such as Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior, and Blood

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current Early Access version includes a short "Preview Campaign" which is a polished experience and can be fully played from beginning to end. When the full campaign is ready and the game leaves Early Access, all players will receive the campaign as an update.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“No, we aren't currently planning to raise the price of the game after the Early Access period.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Customer feedback will help us improve and perfect ION MAIDEN.

All of our developers are long time veterans of a very active BUILD engine community, ready to eagerly listen to what our players have to say. Creating the best possible game has been our goal since day one.

Through Steam, Discord, and our forums, we'll listen to what the community has to say during every step of ION MAIDEN development. So, make sure to tell us how you feel about our level design, gameplay elements, sound, and anything else you deem important. We'll take it into account for the full game.”
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November 13

Akimbo Shelly

Why have one SMG-9000 when you can have two?
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November 8

Did you know? Ion Maiden has great Music too! Take a listen!

Check out this Sneak Peek of the track "Rewarded" from the Ion Maiden Soundtrack, composed by Jarkko "Roz / Fit ^ Byterapers" Rotstén.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWR309WeHow
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Reviews

“Ion Maiden is the true inheritor of Duke Nukem 3D's crown”
-PC Gamer

“These little interactive details and the gorgeous hand-crafted pixel art are a fine example of how the Build Engine can still look so distinct and beautiful in its own right. It's special in an industry striving for photo-realism. Throw all of this in with an ass-kicking midi soundtrack and Ion Maiden has the potential of becoming another instant classic and a fine addition to the Build Engine library of games”
-Destructoid

“I can't wait to play ION MAIDEN - what a great idea. Make a Duke Nukem 3D-like 90's build-engine shooter that looks pixel-perfect.”
-John Romero

Order NOW and play it TODAY!



ION MAIDEN will release for Windows PC, Mac, and Linux in Q2 2019. Early Access owners will be granted immediate access to an exclusive preview campaign! (PC, Linux)

3D Realms and Voidpoint are proud to bring back the Build engine, widely known for powering Duke Nukem 3D, Blood, and Shadow Warrior, in all of its hand-crafted pixelated glory.

The full ION MAIDEN experience will be available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Russian in Q1 2019.

About This Game




While Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison earned her codename defusing bombs for the Global Defense Force, when evil transhumanist mastermind Dr. Jadus Heskel unleashes the members of his cybernetic cult onto the streets of Neo DC, she knows it’s time to start causing explosions instead of preventing them.

Her quest to slay Heskel leaves a trail of carnage throughout huge, multi-path levels filled with gigantic explosions, more secret areas than we can count, and inhuman foes behind every corner. There’s no regenerating health here; stop taking cover and start running and gunning.



Shelly’s crusade to take down Heskel’s army will see her leave destruction in her wake with a wide arsenal of weapons, complete with alternate fire modes and different ammo types. Her signature revolver, the tri-barreled Loverboy, brings enemies pain and players pleasure with both single shots and Old West-style hammer fanning action. Who needs a regular shotgun when you can load buckshot into your grenade launcher? Violent, over-the-top Bowling Bombs rip enemies apart with ease.



Ion Maiden laughs at the idea of mandatory checkpoints and straight paths through shooting galleries. But, just because this is a true old-school first-person shooter doesn’t mean we've ignored 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 have taken the best of both worlds and cooked it all into a bloody stew.





What to expect from the full version of ION MAIDEN upon release:

  • The true successor to classic shooters such as Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior, and Blood.
  • Experience the original BUILD engine on steroids, pumped up and ready to rock again after 20 years!
  • Duck, jump, climb, swim, and blast your way through 7 exciting zones packed with multiple levels of mayhem!
  • A beautiful game world assembled from thousands of hand-crafted textures and sprites
  • An awe-inspiring arsenal of devastating weapons, including multiple ammo types and alternate fire modes. Tri-barreled revolvers, grenade launchers, and heat-seeking smart bombs are your best friends!
  • The classic '90s FPS action you love, meshed with modern inventions like locational damage and seamless level transitions
  • ZERO PROCEDURAL GENERATION. All levels are hand made and full of multiple paths, cool effects, and complex set pieces!
  • Thumping soundtrack comprised of true tracked module music, in authentic FastTracker 2 format
  • Easy access on to level editor and other development tools on day one, plus Steam Workshop support

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/10
    • Processor: Any 64-bit Intel or AMD CPU
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB video memory. Intel integrated graphics supported.
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5, AMD FX or equivalent
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024 MB or more dedicated video memory. NVIDIA or AMD preferred.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 or Steam OS 2.0
    • Processor: Any 64-bit Intel or AMD CPU
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB video memory. Intel integrated graphics supported.
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 or Steam OS 2.0
    • Processor: Intel Core i5, AMD FX or equivalent
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024 MB or more dedicated video memory. NVIDIA or AMD preferred.
    • Storage: 100 MB available space

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