You may remember back in May when we wrote about the standoff between 3D Realms and metal band Iron Maiden over the studio’s upcoming game, Ion Maiden.
The members of Iron Maiden clearly aren’t metal enough to ignore potential copyright infringement, as they moved with pace after they found out about 3D Realms Ion Maiden, an old-school FPS with some supposed connections to the band.
As per 3D Realms statement, where they called the claims “frivolous,” the suit concerns the name of the protagonist Shelly Harrison, which apparently alludes to Iron Maiden’s own Steve Harris – an icon resembling a skull in the logo being too similar to Maiden’s own Eddie and the name itself, which is probably the most obvious claim, despite the fact Iron Maiden existed before the “Run to the hills” singers popularized the term.
Well, the story has developed since then, and 3D Realms has taken action to protect itself – the game is now called Ion Fury, not Ion Maiden. 3D Realms CEO Mike Nielsen had this to say about the change: “After careful consideration, we’ve decided to rename our first-person-shooter “Ion Maiden” to “Ion Fury.” A lot of thought went into this, but most importantly it would be a disservice to our loyal fanbase and the fantastic developers, to drag out a long lawsuit. The amazing gameplay, interactivity and pure fun, is what makes Ion Fury a great game. Not the title.”
Conclusive stuff – hopefully, this means the lawsuit will be thrown out of court and the developers can get back to promoting Ion Fury ahead of its release date on August 15 for PC. The game will also launch on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at a later date.
Check out the full Steam blog update for a look at the fancy new big box physical edition of Ion Fury. Also, it’s good to note that the price will rise on July 18 given an increase in scope for the project, so make sure you pick it up now if you want to play a Duke Nukem style retro FPS in 4k 60!