The creators of Duke Nukem 3D and Shadow Warrior, 3D Realms, have just published their first FPS since 1997. Ion Maiden from developer Voidpoint is based on the Build Engine, the same engine behind Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior and Blood. The game's out on Steam Early Access and is due for full release in Q3 2018.
Ion Maiden is actually a prequel to the terrible Bombshell, but it looks like all parties involved would rather not bring that up - hence the new franchise title.
If you get Ion Maiden on Steam you get immediate access to the "preview campaign", which is described as a "complete and polished exclusive multi-hour" experience.
While the game is built using the decades-old Build Engine, there have been a number of engine enhancements to include the likes of headshots, more physics and interactivity, widescreen, controller support, autosaves, and more. Levels are supposed to be bigger and maps are able to morph mid-level, something that wasn't possible in older games.
Vice President of 3D Realms, Frederik Schreiber, had this to say:
"Bringing back classic build-engine shooters has been our aim for years, so we’re diving right into a spiritual successor to the games which put 3D Realms on the map. The team assembled for this project knows exactly how to execute our vision, and we couldn't be more excited to finally bring back a true 3D Realms shooter."
Ion Maiden is available now in Early Access for $19.99/£14.99, and will be released properly later this year.