Thursday, October 25, 2018

The team behind Ion Maiden is working on a new Quake engine game

Old FPS engines are all the rage.

Ion Maiden is a brand new first-person shooter about a former Global Defense Force recruit on a mission to murder an evil transhumanist mastermind. Which is pretty cool, but what's cooler is that it's built using the Duke Nukem 3D's Build engine — an engine going on 22 years of age. It's in Early Access at the moment, but according to the Steam reviews so far it's very good.
The game's a collaboration between 3D Realms and 1C Entertainment. The team plans to release the game on consoles next year, but buried in an email announcing these plans is another, more interesting fact: the studios are also working on "a new unannounced FPS based on the original Quake engine".
That's all the information that's available: there's no name and no release window, but the prospect of a brand new game in id Software's pioneering engine is very exciting indeed. Interestingly, the last game to use the original Quake engine was the little-known 2005 top-down schump Silver Wings. But the engine also powered better-known games such as Hexen II, Malice and X-Men: The Ravages of the Apocalypse.
To refresh your memory, here's the original Quake trailer, come to visit us from 1996: