A few days ago the team behind Ion Fury (or as some may know it before the name change, Ion Maiden) received backlash because of some sexist and transphobic statements in their official developer discord channel.
After this backlash, the studio stated that they will donate $10,000 to The Trevor Project. They have also announced that they will remove “homophobic language” from the game.
We recognize these statements are insensitive, unacceptable, and counterproductive to causes of equality. We unequivocally apologize both for these comments and language as well as for any pain they have caused the gaming community, particularly women and members of the LGBTQ community. We take full responsibility for any damage that has been done to the relationships we’ve worked so hard to build. Moving forward, Voidpoint will institute a zero-tolerance policy for this type of language and all employees and contractors will undergo mandatory sensitivity training. As part of our efforts to contribute to the work that must be done to further support these communities, we are donating $10,000 from Ion Fury’s release day proceeds to The Trevor Project. We are also patching Ion Fury ASAP to remove all unacceptable language
The video game community striked back against these censorship decisions mentioned above as they felt the studio was acting cowardly and listened to politics instead of their fans.
For this reason, there was a joint statement released from Voidpoint and 3D Realms stating that the game will not be censored anymore.
We’ve caused a recent controversy suggesting Ion Fury game content was to be censored. We will absolutely NOT be censoring Ion Fury or any of our other games, now or in the future, including but not limited to by removing gags such as gaming’s most controversial facial wash. We do not support censorship of creative works of any kind and regret our initial decision to alter a sprite in the game instead of trusting our instincts. 3D Realms and Voidpoint stand together on this matter. Last but not least, please respect our need to keep our community forums clean from hateful messages, spam, or off-topic threads. We recognize our mistake and have received your message loud and clear!
This final decision made by Voidpoint and 3D Realms was a good choice, but will they get their lost players back?
We remind you that Iron Fury released this month for PC (Steam) on 15 August.