Ion Fury

Ion Fury

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Ion Fury (previously known as Ion Maiden) is a 2019 first-person shooter based on the Build engine, bearing many similarities to 2.5D shooter games of the 1990s. The game was released in August 2019 to positive reviews and became a subject of controversy shortly after due to transphobic remarks made by the development team.


On August 15th, 2019, first-person shooter Ion Fury, developed by Voidpoint and published by 3D Realms, was released. The game is the first game based on a modified version of Build engine in 19 years, and draws many similarities to popular titles of the 90s such as Duke Nukem.[1]


Ion Fury follows the story of bomb disposal expert Shelly "Bombshell" Harrison, who is tasked with defeating a transhumanist cult in the city of Neo D.C.

The gameplay and user interface of Ion Fury shares multiple similarities with first point shooters of the 90s such as key cards, multiple secret areas, armor and health pickups and a character face health indicator. The player has to utilize a selection of weapons to progress through the levels.



As of August 20th, 2019, Ion Fury positive critic reviews, maintaining a 78 score on Metacritic.[2] On Steam, the game had a "Very Positive" rating with over 1,820 user reviews submitted.[3]


Iron Maiden Lawsuit

In May 2019, British metal band Iron Maiden filed a lawsuit against game publisher 3D Realms, claiming that that the publisher intended to "confuse consumers into believing Defendant’s products and services are somehow affiliated with or approved by Iron Maiden."[4]

On July 11th, 2019, 3D Realms announced that the name of the game was changed to Ion Fury.[5]

Transphobic Comments

On August 16th, 2019, ResetEra forum user Twenty5Thousand released several screenshots from 3D Realms official Discord server in which several developers from Voidpoint made transphobic comments and criticized "social justice warriors" (screenshots shown below).[6]

ARLECHEL Mblackwell 0s/24/2018 most SJWS are just angry people of any gender, sex, race, nationality, and age because complaining on the internet feels good man 22_deathgrip O8/24/2018 you know what the key to happyness is? goonit 08/24/2018 OGBER beer BLECHELL Mblackwell 08/24/2018 yeah that works pretty well terminx 08/24/2018 A some of them are f------ nuts terminx 02/04/2019 @Sanael yeah if you're trying to decide your child is trans at birth you have mental problems and probably shouldn't be a parent imo 22_deathgrip 04/19/2019 Everything you dont understand is sjw to you v l understand someone bitching about the word "retarded" in a M rated game with...edied) MATURE 17+ Blood Drug Reference Partial Nudity Sexual Themes Strong Language Violence ESRB .is acting like SJW regardless of their ulterior motives. I actually don't think most of these people even believe in their own retarded s---, they just fake it to look good with their peers. Like smart kids at church. cedited) Daedolon 04/19/2019 the whole sjw concept is getting upset on behalf of other people someone says retarded and they jump in to claim it hurts someone
Daedolon 05/26/2019 yes but mutilating a perfectly healthy body WHILE you have depression and other big mental issues won't? Tero 05/26/2019 yeah Daedolon 05/26/2019 won't cause suicides I mean terminx 08/24/2018 some of them are f------ nuts 22_deathgrip 08/24/2018 The key to happiness, is realizing that other people are NOT the reason for your unhappiness (editad) terminx 08/24/2018 A I've heard stories of them getting p----- at people on twitter and tumblr and "doxxing" them and trying to get them fired from their jobs and s--- 22_deathgrip 08/24/2018 thats all true Sanael 08/24/2018 god, that trend is the worst terminx 08/24/2018 A what kind of crazy person decides to ruin your life because they disagreed with you on the internet like what the f--- 22_deathgrip 08/24/2018 like CDPR just apologized for making a "are you assuming their gender" joke, Duke is a wakling talking controversy that no company wants to deal with if they tame him, they destroy him, if they don't tame him, the SJWS will attack them, and they are petrified of this, despite it being GOOD for sales goonit 08/24/2018 OGBER tell them if they dont let you use duke for anything you want you are gonna blow the whistle and get the Christie estate so far up their butt they wont have a gear left in their box Deleted User 08/24/2018 Shoot up their rides OGBER goonit 08/24/2018 @22 deathgrip you raise an interesting point, but what if it is the other way around when duke was at his highest there were no SJWS, they only really started to appear after duke forever came out and people started mocking him and tarnishing his good name so duke could be some sort of spirit of the love of boobs and guns and dirty jokes and if people had their faith restored in him the demons would vanish 22_deathgrip 08/24/2018 problem is political the game journalist media is heavily SJW so you do't want to piss them off, because you kind need them at the same time, going SJW with your game, like BF5 did, results in s----- sales you need to straddle a middling point terminx 08/24/2018 (A something I don't really understand about the social justice stuff is that they have stuff like the "slut walk" which I thought was about the right to not be harassed for how they dress but then if you portray women dressed the same way you get s--- for it goonit 08/24/2018 OGBER idk i think its more like an Xmas movie, when people stop believing in Santa/Duke he gets weaker and the evil is able to take over, so we need to go out there and spread the word of nukem and shift the cosmic balance of the universe back to where it was

On the same day, Voidpoint's official Twitter commented that the screenshots were taken out of context.[10]

On August 18th, 2019, ResetEra forum user Flapjack posted screenshots from the game, including an out-of-bounds area containing the word "fagbag" and shampoo bottles reading "OGAY."[7]

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In the following days, multiple gaming news outlets and blogs reported on the story, including articles by Gamer Revolution[8] and The Gamer.[9] On Metacritic and Steam, multiple negative reviews were written by users,[2][3] while on Twitter several users posted negative tweets criticizing the developers of the game. Additionally, some users criticized ResetEra users making calls to harm the careers of Voidpoint employees.[12]

Anatoly Shashkin@dosnostalgic Aug 16 Having now seen the gross things that have been said by key members of the lon Fury dev team on their Discord I now regret buying the game in early access and talking about it as much as I have. 37 t30 198 vØid Voidpoint's ION FURY out NOW point @voidpnt Replying to @dosnostalgic That's your choice, but you should probably do your own research before coming to that conclusion. The crop tool in Photoshop has always been just as much about what you are removing as what you are keeping. 7:13 PM 16 Aug 2019 Alyssa Savage @Alyssa_Savvy Aug 16 Yeah so uh, apparently the voidpoints response to getting caught out on having transphobic f------- employees is to pretend screenshots are fake news Just pirate ion fury Voidpoint's ION FURY out NOW @voidpnt Replying to @PanykFelid @dosnostalgic Depends on the comment--I haven't read all of the nonsense that has cropped up today yet. I tuned out when I saw someone saying it was bad that I said someone was "f------ nuts" but had removed the part of the message that clarified it was referring to doxxers and swatters. t 18 16 56 vøld Voidpoint's ION FURY out NOW point@voidpnt Follow Replying to @Alyssa_Savvy Yep terminx s/24/2o1 some of them are f------ nuts 22 deathgrip/24/2o18 The key to happiness, is realizing that other people are NOT the reason for your unhappiness terminx on/24/2018 Ive heard stories of them getting p----- at people on twitter and tumblr and "doxxing" them and trying to get them fired from their jobs and s--- 8:03 PM - 16 Aug 2019 Sophia Narwitz @SophNar0747 ResetEra is now trying to ruin the careers of lon Fury devs (@Bombshell_Game) cuz they have opinions. This is toxic Worst of all, what's expressed isnt even transphobic. Im trans, & yeah, AT BIRTH parents shouldnt decide if their kid is trans. That's not how being trans works lon Fary devs show signs of aphbe anang other as den but it seem ome of the devs M soeu nger s and probably a - wocT Desi arai ontext isn't hard and the uld not be supported. W se individuals and mak CapeA Cedolon trice Netes eeTeveP Mak MelHy imgur 7:49 PM - 16 Aug 2019

On August 19th, 2019, game developer Voidpoint and publisher 3D Realms issued apologies for the comments,[11] with Voidpoint also promising to implement "mandatory sensitivity training" for all employees and contractors and to donate $10,000 from Ion Fury's proceeds to an American non-profit for suicide prevention in LGBTQ community.

Members of Voidpoint's Ion Fury team have made sexist and transphobic comments, and included homophobic language in Ion Fury.

We recognize these statements are insensitive, unacceptable, and counterproductive to causes of equality. We unequivocally apologize both for these comments and language as well as for any pain they have caused the gaming community, particularly women and members of the LGBTQ community. We take full responsibility for any damage that has been done to the relationships we've worked so hard to build.

Moving forward, Voidpoint will institute a zero-tolerance policy for this type of language and all employees and contractors will undergo mandatory sensitivity training. As part of our efforts to contribute to the work that must be done to further support these communities, we are donating $10,000 from Ion Fury's release day proceeds to The Trevor Project. We are also patching Ion Fury ASAP to remove all unacceptable language."

It has come to our attention Voidpoint, the developers of Ion Fury, have been accused of making transphobic and misogynistic statements.

Under current leadership 3D Realms has taken pride empowering marginalized groups, as evident by our strong female protagonist Shelly 'Bombshell' Harrison and the makeup of our team.

Moving forward all of 3D Realms' contracts will include terms which would allow us to sever relationships if a contractor does not abide by our zero-tolerance policy for hate speech.

"Ion Fury Will Not Be Censored" Announcement

On August 26th, 2019, Ion Fury game developer Voidpoint and publisher 3D Realms have released a joint statement in which they affirmed that the game will not be censored. Within eight hours, the post accumulated over 620 likes and over 580 comments on Steam,[13] and over 200 retweets and 1,000 likes on Twitter.[14] Additionally, Voidpoint confirmed that the donation to suicide prevention non-profit fund The Trevor Project will be made.[15]

We’ve caused a recent controversy suggesting Ion Fury game content was to be censored. We will absolutely NOT be censoring Ion Fury or any of our other games, now or in the future, including but not limited to by removing gags such as gaming’s most controversial facial wash. We do not support censorship of creative works of any kind and regret our initial decision to alter a sprite in the game instead of trusting our instincts. 3D Realms and Voidpoint stand together on this matter.

vøld, Voidpoint's ION FURY out NOW point @voidpnt One of our previous tweets said "f--- censorship" We stand by that sentiment. JOncFURS lon Fury Game Content Will Not Be Censored lon Fury Joint statement from Voidpoint and 3D Realms: We've caused a recent controversy suggesting lon Fury game content was to be censored. We will absolutely NOT be... 4:34 AM-26 Aug 2019 vøidVoidpoint's ION FURY out NOW point @voidpnt Replying to @PrinceMOn0 @Magic N------ There's no hate speech in lon Fury. Anyone telling you there is is doing a little something like to call "lying for clicks" 9:16 AM - 26 Aug 2019 vøld, Voidpoint's ION FURY out NOW point @voidpnt Replying to @Nifflas We came up with an unoffensive joke we liked better, but the PR company responsible added an entire extra sentence to our original apology statement that made tons of customers think we were censoring the whole game. All we could do is come out and say "no censorship." 9:12 AM - 26 Aug 2019 > Andy Chalk@AndyChalk 3h Will your promised donation to The Trevor Project be made, or are you dropping that as well? 19 2 vøld, Voidpoint's ION FURY out NOW p int @voidpnt Replying to @AndyChalk We are absolutely still donating. 8:24 AM - 26 Aug 2019

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