BUILD engine is the game engine behind Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior, Blood, and many other titles of the 90s. It was one of the most popular engines to be licensed third-party until the Unreal Engine.

Graphical system features:

  • Supports VESA for hi-res video modes, in 256 colors (up to 1600x1200)
  • Smooth, uncapped page-flipped screen updating
  • 2D Sector-based maps

  • Floor and ceiling texturing
  • Real-time procedural textures
  • Any piece of art can be anything - be it wall, floor, or sprite
  • Transparency on sprites, and walls
  • Sector effectors altering height, lighting, position and shape of the sector it is on when it is called
  • Screen-size changing for slower computers
  • Certain colors on sprites can be remapped to a different color automatically
  • Independent colormaps, allowing fake colored lighting
  • Top-down automap feature
  • Slopes

Audio system features:

  • Alterable playback frequency - 8khz, 11khz, 22khz, and 44khz
  • 32 sound channels
  • Stereo support
  • Adlib (OPL2 FM), General Midi and Gravis Ultrasound support for music

Networking features:

  • Driver-based, any protocol is supported as long as there is a driver written for Build
  • IPX
  • Serial, with null modem cable
  • Modem
  • Synchronized
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3D Realms (Duke Nukem 3D, ROTT, Prey, Max Payne) is excited to bring back the famous Build engine, which powered Duke Nukem 3D, Blood, Shadow Warrior and other 90's hits. Of old-school throwback games, ION MAIDEN is the real deal, using that original tech from the famous era that launched the FPS genre.

Welcome to ION MAIDEN!

The Story

Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison earned her codename as a bomb disposal expert for the Global Defense Force.

When transhumanist cult mastermind Dr. Jadus Heskel unleashes a cybernetic army on Neo DC, Shelly decides it’s time to start chucking bombs rather than defusing them.

Her journey will leave trails of blood and gore in huge, multi-path levels filled with those famous colorful keycards and plenty of secrets and Easter Eggs to discover behind every corner.


Shelly’s quest to take down Dr. Heskel’s army will see her use an arsenal of weapons, all with alternate fire modes or different ammo types. Her signature revolver, Loverboy, brings enemies pain and players pleasure with single shots, or Shelly can fan the hammer Old West style. Shotguns are fun, but tossing grenades down their barrels and firing explosive rounds is even better. Bowling Bombs are just as violent and over-the- top as one would hope.


Ion Maiden laughs at the idea of constant checkpoints and straight paths through shooting galleries. But just because this is a true old-school first-person shooter doesn’t mean there won’t be all the good new stuff the last two decades have brought.


Features

The full ION MAIDEN experience will includes the following features;

  • The true successor to classic shooters such as Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior and Blood.
  • Built using the original "Build" engine, with additional enhancements to further improve the technology.
  • Beautiful hand-crafted artwork, built using original old-school tools and methodologies.
  • 7 exciting Zones, each spanning multiple maps.
  • Tons of enemies, weapons and carnage!
  • Best of both worlds! ION MAIDEN brings back the classic '90s FPS action you love, with modern additions such as physics and checkpoints.
  • Classic level design, no procedural generation! Expect multiple paths, cool effects, and complex set pieces!
  • True tracked module music!
  • Incredible weapons with alternate firemodes!
  • Easy access to development tools and modding (Steam Workshop) on day one!
  • ... And about Multiplayer... Stay tuned!

Early Access

Why Early Access?

“Our Early Access release is a little bit different from other Early Access games.

For Ion Maiden, we've developed a fully polished "Preview Campaign" which can be downloaded right now, ahead of the release of the full game. This short campaign is specially tailored to introduce players to the world of Ion Maiden, and is a standalone episode which can be played completely from start to finish.

During the Early Access period, we'll be periodically updating the game to introduce new features and content.

When the game leaves Early Access later this year, the full campaign will be released and all owners of the game will receive the new content as an update.

Thank you for checking out our game!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“6 months”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version of Ion Maiden will include a completely new, several hour long campaign. Get psyched! Here's some of what you can look forward to:

  • Experience the original BUILD engine on steroids, pumped up and ready to rock again after 20 years!
  • Duck, jump, climb, swim, and blast your way through 7 exciting zones packed with multiple levels of mayhem!
  • A beautiful game world assembled from thousands of hand-crafted textures and sprites
  • An awe-inspiring arsenal of devastating weapons, including multiple ammo types and alternate fire modes. Tri-barreled revolvers, grenade launchers, and heat-seeking smart bombs are your best friends!
  • The classic '90s FPS action you love, meshed with modern inventions like locational damage and seamless level transitions
  • ZERO PROCEDURAL GENERATION. All levels are hand made and full of multiple paths, cool effects, and complex set pieces!
  • Thumping soundtrack comprised of true tracked module music, in authentic FastTracker 2 format
  • Easy access to level editor and other development tools, plus Steam Workshop support
  • The true successor to classic shooters such as Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior, and Blood”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current Early Access version includes a short "Preview Campaign" which is a polished experience and can be fully played from beginning to end. When the full campaign is ready and the game leaves Early Access, all players will receive the campaign as an update.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“No, we do not plan to raise the price of the game after the Early Access period.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Customer feedback will help us improve and perfect ION MAIDEN.

All of our developers are long time veterans of a very active BUILD engine community, ready to eagerly listen to what our players have to say. Creating the best possible game has been our goal since day one.

Through Steam, Discord, and our forums, we'll listen to what the community has to say during every step of ION MAIDEN development. So, make sure to tell us how you feel about our level design, gameplay elements, sound, and anything else you deem important. We'll take it into account for the full game.”

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nilesa12
nilesa12

Hey everyone who loved this engine. I think I'm getting ready to really make something with this engine (from scratch) I was wondering as I can't find any real documentation on it, does anyone know anything better than me?
I know JFbuild is the "unofficial Windows port" that I will be using but I need to know how to setup the environment and a step by step guide would be nice!

PM me with details if you know anything.

Thanks to anyone who still cares :D
I just want to use this engine as a tribute to one of my favorite FPS' Duke Nukem 3D!

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ApornasPlanet
ApornasPlanet

I'm wondering this as well

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szemi
szemi

I love this engine. :)

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Guest
Guest

Build has been my favorite for so many years until it was dethroned to number 2 by Unreal (deusEx:-). Still, every time I encounter new Build content I can't help but relapse into this gaming addiction. To hell with professional progress.

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Guest
Guest

With ZDooM, GZDooM, Skulltag, and more other new DooM emulators, these things are possible.

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Is dis Free....Cannot see a link..or sumthin

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Guest
Guest

If you see link or not - with your goofy language you are a nonsense user anyway

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DannyDoesThings
DannyDoesThings

why does build engine and doom engine look alike?

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Guest
Guest

They were created around the same time, and work similarly. The Build engine is more advanced, however, allowing things like slopes and overlapping sectors.

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