Ion Maiden, a first-person shooting game inspired by the style of the '90s, was released in 2018. Iron Maiden is the name of a British heavy metal group which is most famous for their album The Number of the Beast back in 1982. Obviously, when two entirely different things have nearly identical names, there would be some kind of legal disputes happen.

The Number Of The Beast Single Cover
The Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden

There is a story in Blabbermouth which tells that the holding organization of Iron Maiden has recently sued 3D Realms, the organization published Ion Maiden for brand infringement to the tune of $2 million. "Defendant’s Ion Maiden name is nearly identical to the Iron Maiden trademark in appearance, sound and overall commercial impression," according to the lawsuit. It insists the violation is "incredibly blatant" and is a "virtually identical imitation"

Ion Maiden Announcement Trailer

In addition, according to different claims from the lawsuit, Blabbermouth acquired a copy that says Ion Maiden's main character, Shelly Harrison, is actually another duplicate version of Steve Harris, the name of one of the Iron Maiden's original members. Additionally, it insists that Ion Maiden has a similar vibe of appearance and feeling to the Iron Maiden mobile game which launched back in 2016, called Legacy of The Beast.

The Ion Maiden publisher 3D Realms, who also developed the Max Payne franchises and Duke Nukem in the past, replied on Twitter, declaring they “will review our options once we receive official notice of the lawsuit and will make any necessary decisions at the appropriate time”. The game is still getting improved, and 3D Realms adds that “everyone continues to work diligently on Ion Maiden to deliver the best possible experience later this year”.

Besides the amount of $2 million for damages, the name for the game published by 3D Realms is also required to be taken down, and the ownership of the URL need to given to the holding organization of Iron Maiden. Needless to say, no matter what the outcome is, it's such a pity that two of the biggest things in the world - British heavy metal and FPS game - can't come to a mutual agreement.