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3D Realms announces Ion Maiden, an old-school looking new-school shooter

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3DRealms: Voidpoint: Ion Maiden

3D Realms, the company behind Duke Nukem 3D and the eternal wisdom behind the phrase When It's Done (TM), has announced their new project cleverly dubbed the Ion Maiden. So when is it coming out? When it's done.

Just kidding, Ion Maiden's release is planned for Q3 2018 and we believe there will be no delays this time around, especially since the actual developer is Voidpoint and not When It's Done Realms.

Don't expect innovation from Ion Maiden, seeing as how the game is built on an overhauled version of the Build engine, the original engine behind Duke Nukem 3D. This time around though, the Build will support more of everything - size, colours, morphing maps that change half way through a level, etc.

3DRealmsA hand reloading a large shotgun in a business building3DRealms: Voidpoint: Ion Maiden

The actual storyline is somewhat of a prequel for 3D Realms' Bombshell, but we don't blame the company for failing to mention that in the name. After all, the game was quite a flop.

We've got to be honest though - our first reaction was along the lines of Duke Nukem, is that you? Sure looked like it. Remember Duke Nukem? No? Seriously? Then it's time for a history lesson son, sit down and pay attention, because this has just turned into a history lesson.

AltCharCollage of Doom II, Duke Nukem 3D and Duke Nukem Forever posters3DRealms: Doom, Duke, Facepalm

Okay then, 1. Doom was a sweet and we couldn't get enough of it, but 2. Duke Nukem 3D blew everyone away. Its charisma and crude humour marked a turning point in gaming, for the better of course and made everyone mimic that deep breathy voice. Hail to the king baby. There you just did it.

3. What followed though was a 15 year nightmare of development, notable for delays, excuses, excuses, delays and the anthological phrase When It's DoneTM. We prefer to pretend it never arrived.

3DRealmsA view of downtown in Voidpoint's game Ion Maiden  Voidpoint: Ion Maiden

Either way, we wish Voidpoint luck, because it sure seems they'll be needing it. You can check out more screenshots in the gallery bellow.