As a part of 3d Realms’ Realms Deep digital occasion, the writer introduced Phantom Fury (opens in new tab), a sequel to 2019’s Construct engine FPS, Ion Fury. Changing Voidpoint LLC within the driver’s seat is Slipgate Ironworks, a Danish studio that helped co-develop the good Cyborg Ninja FPS, Ghostrunner.
Whereas we had some misgivings about Ion Fury, we finally loved and extremely advocate the sport. PC Gamer Editor-in-Chief Evan Lahti wrote in his overview that “The entire world feels prefer it’s been marinating in its personal juices since 1996, and virtually each nook feels hand-crafted.”
Ion Fury and its upcoming DLC, Aftershock, have been each developed by Voidpoint LLC on a modified model of the basic Construct engine utilized in video games like Duke Nukem 3D, Blood, and Shadow Warrior. Slipgate Ironworks goes in a very completely different route aesthetically creating one thing that nearly appears “PS2+” in its expertise degree, anachronistically mixing and matching graphical options. The chunkier fashions and dithered textures scream 2002, however the lighting is 100% 2022.
The throwback FPS fight definitely appears intact, and the trailer (opens in new tab) additionally confirmed off set items the place you pilot a submarine and a fighter jet. The entire thing kinda smacks of being Ion Fury’s personal tackle Duke Nukem Without end (2001), with town and canyon environments, in addition to the character artwork all reminding me of that misplaced recreation (which is at the moment being rebuilt (opens in new tab) by a gaggle of modders.)
Additionally, I gotta say, as a Chicago boy, I really like the inclusion of our iconic Marina Metropolis (opens in new tab) towers within the trailer. The Chicago PD automobiles seen on the finish additionally show this is not a “The Darkish Knight” state of affairs with town’s locales simply standing in for someplace fictional. Wanting ahead to seeing a dithered, low-poly Italian Beef moist with further candy peppers.
That is additionally one thing of a homecoming for Slipgate. Beneath its authentic identify “Interceptor Leisure,” the developer launched the highest down, Unreal Engine 3 isometric shooter Bombshell in 2016. This was apparently initially purported to be a Duke Nukem spinoff, one which the license holder Gearbox nipped within the bud. Interceptor as an alternative launched new protagonist Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, who then went on to star in Ion Fury and now Phantom Fury.
The developer definitely appears to have come a great distance since that unlucky shooter, which we rated a 30% in our overview (opens in new tab) all these years in the past. Phantom Fury is at the moment set to launch someday in 2023, and you’ll wishlist it on Steam.
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