Drop into massive, alien-built arenas and begin the frantic search for weapons and gear - all while trying to stay one step ahead of the advancing plasma field… or the sights of other contenders. ION offers its players a skill-driven, first-person-only Battle Royale all built into a unique sci-fi universe.
Recent Reviews:
Very Negative (70) - 18% of the 70 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mixed (6,550) - 54% of the 6,550 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jul 12, 2018

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Considering the size and scope of Islands of Nyne, Early Access allows us to involve the community throughout development and garner as much feedback as possible to ensure a polished and high-quality game upon full release. This allows the community to not only enjoy the game throughout the development process but be a part of it as well.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Islands of Nyne will remain in Early Access for approximately 1 year.”

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

“In addition to offering a wider variety of weaponry and items to loot, the following features are on our Islands of Nyne 1.0 roadmap:

  • Stable 100 player servers
  • A dedicated competitive mode promising reduced RNG
  • Skill-based rewards and achievements
  • A robust character customization system complete with a variety of character models to choose from
  • 2 more maps
  • Death cam replays
  • More custom server options
  • Detailed player profiles
  • General polish: balance tweaks, bug fixes, gameplay improvements, and optimizations

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Islands of Nyne has undergone extensive testing during its Pre-Alpha and Alpha phases throughout its years of development, and as such, its current state can be considered more polished than most titles on Early Access. Crashes should be extremely rare, performance on both the client-side and network should be comparable to most Early Access titles in the same genre if not better, and most importantly, gameplay is fun and relatively balanced. Despite its current state of polish, we will continue to closely monitor player experience so that we can respond to any bug reports or balance issues with haste. We don't sleep here at Define Human Studios.

In terms of features, our Early Access version offers player matchmaking lobbies, server side eSports tournament settings, a competitive ranking system, in-game squads & proximity VoiP, a robust Anti-Cheat, private servers, player stats, and global/friends-only leaderboards.”

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

“Price may increase moderately once out of early release.”

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

“We actively monitor our Discord and community forums and regularly send out surveys after a patch is rolled out. In addition to engaging with our community, we work closely with eSport professionals in the Battle Royale space and host developer vs community events to gather feedback on new features and further develop the game's meta. Community feedback is extremely valuable to us and we encourage all players to submit any they consider constructive to the game's betterment.”
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December 19, 2018

The Future of Islands of Nyne

Hello all,

I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t been a challenging couple of weeks for myself and the rest of the team here at Define Human Studios. After much deliberation and with heavy hearts, we have decided to wind down the studio and end live development and updates on Islands of Nyne: Battle Royale.

Four years ago Jake and I said goodbye to our cozy 9-5 jobs, pooled our savings together, and embarked on a journey so remarkable neither of us could’ve imagined just how ambitious it would end up becoming. Not only did we get to fully realize our dream of developing a game that we wanted to play, but we were also fortunate enough to see the growth and cultivation of so many talented individuals - a reality which would never have been possible without the passion and support of so many inspiring fans. Unfortunately, all adventures come to an end, and for us, that time has come a little earlier than we would’ve liked. The reality now is we are no longer able to financially support development costs despite our efforts to turn things around with our latest update and pricedrop. However, If there was a silver lining to be had here it would be that as of 12pm PST today Islands of Nyne will become f2p and servers will continue to stay up for the foreseeable future. In addition, for those of you who purchased Islands of Nyne or any skins from the in-game item store from November 29th, 2018 through today, we have notified Valve to approve any refund requests for those purchases regardless of time spent in game.

We will be releasing one more update which will include a credits screen in the main menu thanking all those who contributed to the creation of Islands of Nyne in addition to those who backed the project during our various crowdfunding campaigns. We are also exploring server hosting solutions which would allow players to host custom matches without our direct involvement. We would like Islands of Nyne to always be playable regardless of the lack of updates, so please bear with us while we fully explore our options on how to best achieve this.

In closing, I want to sincerely thank all those who left a positive impact on our lives- our devoted playtesters, our content creator community that streamed countless hours of IoN, the players who left us constructive feedback, and any team-member’s significant other who had to deal with me telling their loved one to get back to work. Thank you for being a part of this journey with us and we hope you look back on your Islands of Nyne experience as one of excitement and fun.

-Define Human team


Is Islands of Nyne being removed from Steam?

No. Islands of Nyne will continue to have a steam store page and be available to anyone for free until the foreseeable future.

What happens to my game in my Steam library?

Nothing. It will remain there unless you uninstall it.

Will Islands of Nyne have anymore updates?

It will only have 1 more update to include game credits and potential server changes to allow players to host their own servers without the studio’s involvement. After that there will be no
more updates to the game.

Will servers still be available?

Yes. Official servers will still be up until further notice.

What will happen to the in-game item store?

At the time of this posting, you will no longer be able to make purchases from the in-game item store.

How are you handling refunds?

We have notified Steam to approve all refund requests for any purchases of the game or in-store items that were made on November 29, 2018 through today.

Why are you halting development?

The studio can unfortunately no longer sustain development costs

What will happen to the Define Human Studios developers?

Fortunately most of them already have other jobs. Those who did not are in the process of getting hired by other studios.

What will happen to my skins and inventory items?

You will still own them. They aren’t going anywhere.

What will happen to the Forums?

The forums will go into read-only mode at the time of this post.

What will happen to the Islands of Nyne social media channels? (twitter, facebook, discord)

They will remain online

I purchased the game through your webstore (Xsolla) on or after November 29th. How can I get a refund?

Contact Xsolla support and they will provide you with your requested refund. Link: https://xsolla.com/gamer-support/#contactUs
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December 2, 2018

Early Access Patch Notes - 1.7

Hi all,

We've pushed a small patch which includes a variety of bug fixes and a few gameplay changes based on feedback we've received over the weekend. Thank you all for the bug reports and constructive feedback!

Note: we are still working on fixing a lobby crash which led to the delay of our IoN Open Tournament. If you are experiencing this crash, try disabling your onboard graphics card completely (not your dedicated card). This should hopefully resolve the issue in the meantime. Thanks for your patience!

Patch Notes

Gameplay changes
* Removed nano med requirement on teammate revive
* Changed starting weapon from Desert Eagle to M9A1 for the Assault class (until we have more classes)
* Nano meds and fusion grenades cannot be scrapped any more
* Added quick scrap binding to scrap items in-game (defaults to middle mouse button)
* Tweaked color and glow intensity of shield
* Ctrl+Click doesn't scrap items any longer in the inventory (middle mouse button still works)

Bug fixes
* Fixed crash when trying to load steam items
* Fixed shotgun not firing the first bullet after upgrading
* Fixed magazines filling to twice the correct amount when upgrading weapons in training area
* Fixed some DataAssets so all skins should now show the correct Rarity/Promotional Set
* Fixed weapon upgrades causing the inventory to close and playermovement to be interrupted
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About This Game

A community driven First-Person-Only Battle Royale game with a core focus on fast-paced, skill-driven gameplay set in a sci-fi inspired universe where anything is possible. Drop in, find a weapon, and stay alive… for only 1 can emerge victorious. The rest must die!

Drop into massive, alien-built arenas and begin the frantic search for weapons and gear – all while trying to stay one step ahead of the advancing plasma field… or the sights of other contenders. Use your newly found gear to hunt down other players or inevitably face them during the final stages of the match – for The Nyne will only accept one victor. Do you have what it takes?

Designed by competitive gamers for competitive gamers, Islands of Nyne offers a balanced and exploit-free battle royale experience with its core focus on skill-driven progression and first-person-only gameplay.

Play Solo, team up with a friend in Duos, or queue up as a 4-player Squad – the choice is yours. Need to warmup? Spend your queue time mowing down other players in Gun-Game, or practice your recoil control offline in your very own shooting range.

Built by a technologically superior alien race, each arena is engineered to provide a unique and obstacle-ridden battlefield for players, designed to reward strategic thinking and tactical decision making.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1 (x64)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K CPU
    • Memory: 12 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7850
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 25 GB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1 (x64), Windows 8 (x64), Windows 10 (x64)
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 4790k CPU
    • Graphics: Geforce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon R9 290
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 30 GB available space

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