3D Realms has announced a partnership with 1C Entertainment to bring Ion Maiden to consoles and retail worldwide. Launched in Steam early access and originally planned for PC, the game is now coming to PS4, XONE, and Switch in 2019. Ion Maiden, being developed by 3D Realms in collaboration with Voidpoint, is a classic 90s inspired shooter being made in the Build engine. This engine powered old-school FPS titles like Duke Nukem 3D and Blood, games Ion Maiden hearkens back to.
Additionally, 3D Realms and 1C Entertainment are working on a new title being built in the first Quake engine. Quake is one of the most modded games ever, with several engine conversions ranging from ezQuake to DarkPlaces. Now it will be receiving a new commercially released game. Talent behind this Quake engine-based project includes Quake mapper and Thief fan-mission author “skacky.” If that’s any indication, it’s going to be good. No title or description has been revealed, but it’s a safe bet it will be old school FPS in flavor.
For classic shooter fans, seeing old game engines being used for new releases is exciting. It’s also satisfying that, by all signs of the early access, Ion Maiden is perfectly capturing the retro feel. Other games, like Dusk and Amid Evil, are also strong throwback shooters still in development and available for early access.
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