Back in May, news emerged that British metal band Iron Maiden had taken umbrage with developer Voidpoint’s promising retro FPS Ion Maiden. Claiming the studio was attempting “to trade off… Iron Maiden’s notoriety”, a $2m lawsuit was filed, and, as a result, publisher 3D Realms has opted to give Ion Maiden a brand-new name: Ion Fury.
Ion Fury, if you’re unfamiliar, is a spin-off of 3D Realms’ not-exactly-mind-blowing shooter Bombshell (developed by Slipgate Ironworks). Its questionable origins are largely irrelevant, however; Ion Fury, which stars Bombshell protagonist Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, has received much praise since launching in early access last February.
This early version, described as a standalone “preview campaign” by Voidpoint (to be upgraded to the full campaign on release), is currently quivering between “Very Positive” and “Overwhelmingly Positive” on Steam.