One of the neat side effects of the recent throwback shooter trend is that it’s sparked off an arms race in old school marketing. I’ve still got a pair of chintzy neon ‘90s sunglasses kicking around from the Strafe booth at PAX a couple years ago, and now 3D Realms has announced their retro FPS Ion Maiden is coming to floppy disk. Well, sort of.
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A Friday tweet from 3D Realms included a short video of the Ion Storm diskette, and it certainly looks like the real deal. But if you look closely at the label, you can read “Disk 1/1,” and it would be impossible to store a whole FPS on a 1.44 megabyte disk nowadays – even a game made entirely in the Build Engine, which Ion Maiden is.
We’re releasing Ion Maiden on floppies with a twist! 🙂 pic.twitter.com/CxRpNYzDLB
— 3D Realms (@3DRealms) April 13, 2018
Once the diskette is out of the package, you can see the trick. Moving the floppy’s metal shutter to the side exposes the contacts of a USB flash drive, which will have plenty of space available for Ion Maiden.