Voidpoint and 3D Realms’ retro first-person shooter, Ion Maiden, originally entered into Early Access back in February of 2018. It was supposed to spend approximately six months in Early Access with a graduation set to take place at the end of the summer around August or September. However, the developers decided to push the game back and develop a multiplayer mode for the game, which means that it will now release in early 2019 instead of late 2018.
The news comes courtesy of a press notice, revealing that anyone who purchased the Early Access version of Ion Maiden will have access to the multiplayer when it goes live in early 2019.
Additionally, they announced that there’s a new big box Founder’s Edition, which will be available for $99.99. Only 500 units will be made and a short trailer gives you a look at what’s featured inside.
The Founder’s Edition comes with the large big box with a matte and gloss finish, a 6-inch figurine of the main heroine Bombshell, an A3 poster featuring key art and the world map of Ion Maiden, a physical and digital version of the soundtrack, a lanyard, a floppy disk, two stickers, a mousepad, and keycards featuring in-game work.
There’s a promotional image of the $99.99 package you can check out below, featuring all of the listed items in their physical format.
So far the user reviews note that the Early Access version of the game is very brief, but what they’ve played so far is fun. There are only three missions in the Early Access version, and many praise the game for not having any cutscenes, not having any lengthy dialogue sequences, and not breaking the pace of the game to drone on about pointless stuff in cinematics that are poor imitations of Hollywood films.
Some gamers might still be reluctant given that in today’s age most games starring female characters is trying to push some sort of propaganda or social engineering mechanisms, like all the games supported by the Facebook initiative Women In Gaming, but so far the Early Access version of Ion Maiden doesn’t appear to be propaganda.
It’s currently available on the Steam store for $19.99.