“Old-school” is an overused buzz word in the video game industry, but it’s an apt description for Ion Fury, a pixelated first-person shooter that perfectly emulates the classic early 90s shooter craze of Doom, Wolfenstein, and Duke Nukem 3D. It’s even developed by 3D Realms, the same studio who made Duke Nukem 3D and Wolfenstein 3D, and published by 1C Entertainment.
Ion Fury released last year on PC, and it’s out now on digital stores for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One, for $24.99. It oozes that stupid-cool over-the-top 90s action, even in the official description:
A cyber-cultist army led by the deranged Doctor Jadus Heskel marches on Neo D.C., seizing the city with violence and terrorism. Heskel’s havoc causes Global Defense Force bomb specialist Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison to spill her drink between shifts, and now she wants payback.
Ion Fury is built with the same 3D-with-2D-sprites Build Engine (Duke Nukem 3D). The unique first-person 2.5D world looks both old-school and modern, with modern widescreen resolutions and framerates. It also includes modern features like auto-saving and headshots, and expands the Build Engine to include new vertical levels, secrets, and complexity.
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring this classic FPS into the hands of console players worldwide. Ion Fury is a perfect example of how the beloved features of ‘90s shooters blend together with modern technology to provide a unique experience,” said Nikolay Baryshnikov, CEO, 1C Entertainment. “Being a fan of the old-school classic FPS games since my childhood, I have been personally waiting patiently for this day to come, and I am very sure every other fan of this genre feels the same!”
Ion Fury is available now on digital stores on PC and consoles. Physical releases for consoles will be available on June 26. Ion Fury is rated M for Mature.