One of the main news yesterday was the announcement that Ion Maiden, the game of the graphics engine of the classic Duke Nukem 3D, will be renamed Ion Fury after a legal dispute with the Iron Maiden group. But the use of the name of the band was only one of the claims.
Ion Maiden is a game inspired by the decade of the nineties, using the aesthetics of that time as one of the claims of the game. This period was the most successful commercial group, whose style was marked in those years and is noticeable in this new project. Regardless of the theme and aesthetics, 3D Realms used a name for its game that, evidently, is very similar to that of the legendary heavy metal band. Consequently, the British group sued the creators of the game worth two million dollars for appropriating the name, noting that 3D Realms could have infringed a trademark.
But the problems for this developer did not end There: The group does not seem to have liked that the protagonist of the game, Shelly Harrison, is similar to one of the founders of Iron Maiden, Steve Harris . And if that were not enough, the group’s representatives considered the game to be similar to Legacy of the Beast, an Iron Maiden video game for mobile phones.
No doubt, this is a large number of claims that have forced the small studio to take action. Finally they have decided to rename their project as Ion Fury, as they announced yesterday. Perhaps the similarities between the content of the game and the famous musical training were only a series of tributes from the developers to the group, but they have been about to pay the very expensive wink. For now, the issue seems settled, and Ion Fury will be released on August 15 on PC, to later jump to the consoles on an unspecified date.