Ion Fury is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The retroshooter is made by Voidpoint and is published by 3D Realms. A PC version was released last year. The console versions will appear digitally on May 14, with a physical release coming later.
The digital versions for Xbox and PlayStation cost 25 euros and the Switch version will be available in Nintendo’s download store for 30 euros. The PC version currently costs 21 euros on Steam. On June 26, Ion Fury will also be released physically for consoles, the prices are the same as the digital versions. The console versions were already announced at the end of 2018, when there was talk of a release in 2019, but that did not materialize.
Ion Fury was created with the Build engine, which was first used for Duke Nukem 3D in 1996. The game runs at 60fps on the Xbox and PlayStation, the makers do not mention the frame rate for the Switch, but because it is specifically mentioned for the other consoles, it may be lower.
The retroshooter is the successor to Bombshell, a game from 2016 that 3D Realms had originally planned to release as a Duke Nukem game. However, that was not possible, as it had sold the rights to Gearbox.
In terms of gameplay and graphics, the game is reminiscent of classics such as Duke Nukem 3D and Shadow Warrior. The game was originally in development under the name Ion Maiden, but the name was changed after a lawsuit from metal band Iron Maiden.