3D Realms has joined forces with the Russian publisher 1C Company to not only port the upcoming game Ion Maiden for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and the Xbox One, but also release retail boxed versions for all of those ports plus the PC release. Officials from both companies have issued statements alongside this piece of news:
"Presenting games like Ion Maiden to all of 3D Realms' fans is our number one priority," said Mike Nielsen, CEO of 3D Realms. "Partnering with 1C Entertainment means we can make our dedicated community happier by bringing Shelly to consoles."
"I was always a fan of the old-school classic FPS titles Duke Nukem 3D, Blood, Max Payne and Shadow Warrior, so I am super thrilled to partner with a legendary studio such as 3D Realms," said Nikolay Baryshnikov, CEO of 1C Entertainment. "As a global publisher, our goal is to bring top-quality titles to all the gamers around the world, and our cooperation with 3D Realms is a great addition to our portfolio. For me personally, it’s a kid’s dream come true."
Developers also state that this will not affect the development time of the PC version, as the console ports will be done outside of the main development studio, Voidpoint.
For those still unaware, Ion Maiden is the first commercial game on the Build engine since the 1999 WWII: GI, and uses a modified version of the EDuke32 source port. It follows Shelly "Bombshell" Harrison, originally intended as the sidekick in Duke Nukem Forever, in the events preceding the 2013 game Bombshell. A preview campaign for the PC version is already available for purchase on GOG.com, 3D Realms' store, and Steam. The game is expected to have a full release on both the PC and the aforementioned consoles in Q2 2019. A bix box collector's edition, limited to only 500 copies with loads of sweet goodies, has already been sold out.