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ION a go for Dunedin

Dean Hall’s MMORPG ION was revealed yesterday at US game industry trade show E3, adding a little bit of flesh to last month’s announcements of a new project.

The creator of the $100 million-earning zombie survival title DayZ returned to NZ after leaving DayZ publisher Bohemia Interactive late last year. He’s since establishing a Dunedin base for his London-headquartered RocketWerkz studio and announced a month ago that the company was crewing up for “a Triple A title”.

Teaser promo for ION

Hall’s RocketWerkz has teamed with London-based simulated worlds developer Improbable to create the gameplay environments. ION will be a multiplayer online game in which players build, live and eventually die in huge floating galactic constructions.

Hall has praised NZ’s game dev community, telling Stuff last month, “The skills here are just so good. Creatively, New Zealand is an exceptional place to be. Games rely on tech expertise and the film industry here means we have those visual skills too.”

He also called the games industry a great fit with NZ’s clean and green branding, saying. “Games firms are the ultimate green eco-companies. All they need is computers, people and power.”

No dates were announced publicly for ION’s release, although the game’s website and facebook page are up and running.

E3 runs 16 -18 June in Los Angeles.

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