In one particular screencap, Ion Fury lead developer Terminx writes, “Yeah if you are attempting to choose your youngster is trans at birth you have mental troubles and possibly shouldn’t be a parent [in my opinion].” In one more screencap a distinctive Ion Fury developer, Daedolon, asks, “[B]ut mutilating a completely healthful physique Whilst you have depression and other massive mental concerns will not [cause suicides]?”
IGN reached out to Voidpoint and Ion Fury publisher 3D Realms with regards to the validity of these Discord chat conversations, and Voidpoint responded this to be the case in a statement. Voidpoint also admitted to adding homophobic language into the game itself.
“Members of Voidpoint’s Ion Fury group have produced sexist and transphobic comments, and incorporated homophobic language in Ion Fury,” writes Voidpoint.
In a complete statement, the developers apologized for their comments, and pledged to donate $10,000 from Ion Fury’s release day proceeds to The Trevor Project. Here’s Voidpoint’s complete statement beneath:
“We recognize these statements are insensitive, unacceptable, and counterproductive to causes of equality. We unequivocally apologize each for these comments and language as effectively as for any discomfort they have brought on the gaming neighborhood, especially girls and members of the LGBTQ neighborhood. We take complete duty for any harm that has been performed to the relationships we’ve worked so really hard to create.
Moving forward, Voidpoint will institute a zero-tolerance policy for this sort of language and all workers and contractors will undergo mandatory sensitivity education. As element of our efforts to contribute to the operate that should be performed to additional help 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 get rid of all unacceptable language.”
Ion Fury publisher 3D Realms also issued a statement, saying that in the future 3D Realms will sever relationships with any developer that breaks the company’s zero-tolerance policy for hate speech.
“It has come to our consideration Voidpoint, the developers of Ion Fury, have been accused of creating transphobic and misogynistic statements, and incorporated homophobic language in the game which was not authorized by us.
Below present leadership, 3D Realms has taken pride empowering marginalized groups, as evident by our robust female protagonist Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison and the makeup of our group.
Moving forward all of 3D Realms’ contracts will contain terms which would enable us to sever relationships if a contractor does not abide by our zero-tolerance policy for hate speech, and Ion Fury will be patched ASAP to get rid of all unacceptable language.”
Ion Fury was released on August 15, 2019 for Computer and utilizes the EDUke32 engine. It is a fork of the Create engine which was applied to create classic 90s FPS games like Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior, and Blood. Ion Fury was previously titled, Ion Maiden ahead of the music band Iron Maiden threatened to sue more than IP infringement.Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can attain him on Twitter.