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After Being Sued By ‘Iron Maiden’, 3D Realms Adjustments the Title of its Shooter ‘Ion Maiden’

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Nothing rock ‘n’ roll about forcing a sick-ass throwback shooter to alter its identify.

Iron Maiden did it anyway. In Could of this 12 months, the British heavy metallic band sued 3D Realms, builders of the equally named Ion Maiden, for $2 million for trademark infringement, even though no human particular person might ever confuse a really cool-looking Duke Nukem successor and a bunch of previous white dudes.

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“Defendant’s misappropriation and use of a nearly similar imitation of the Iron Maiden trademark creates a probability of confusion amongst customers,” the lawsuit claimed, anyway. “Prospects who view Defendant’s online game and merchandise are more likely to imagine that Iron Maiden is someway affiliated with Defendant.”

The sport has been renamed Ion Fury, and can launch on PC on August 15, digitally and with a “Massive Field” bodily version. 

3D Realms launched a new trailer right this moment exhibiting off the sport’s 90s-inspired first-person taking pictures and saying the identify change. Whereas a religious successor to the studio’s personal Duke Nukem franchise, Ion Fury seems to be splitting the distinction between Doom-style frantic taking pictures and Deus Ex-esque physics. The trailer’s even bought a totally playable piano.

My suggestion, given my intensive information of copyright regulation, is that 3D Realms might have prevented litigation by merely calling the sport “Dumb Iron Maiden.” Although, ask your self, who is actually the dumb Iron Maiden on this state of affairs?

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