|Digital Release:||Xbox 360
September 23, 2009 (EU, JP, US)
November 17, 2010
[As Ion Assault HD]
November 30, 2011 (EU)
April 10, 2012 (KO)
April 02, 2013 (US)
|Delisting:||Between November and December 2011 (Xbox 360)
May 23, 2015 (Steam)
May 2015 (PlayStation 3)
|Relisting:||May 01, 2018 - Xbox 360
January 18, 2019 - Steam
|Publisher:||bitComposer (Steam, Former)
THQ Nordic (Steam, Current)
Black Inc. (Xbox 360)
bitComposer (PlayStation 3)
Xbox 360 (EU, JP, US)
PlayStation Store page
Xbox.com page [Archive]
We received a comment on May 1st, 2018 that Ion Assault was relisted on Xbox 360. No recent Archive.org or Google Cache captures exist to identify a more accurate date but the game has indeed returned for sale in North America, Europe, and Japan.
On February 17th, 2019 we received another comment that the game had been relisted on Steam. Checking SteamDB it looks like the game officially returned on January 18th with THQ Nordic as the new publisher. Ion Assault remains delisted on PlayStation 3.
Ion Assault was last confirmed available on Xbox 360 on November 22nd, 2011 and delisted no later than December 19th, 2011. On Steam it was delisted on May 23rd, 2015. The date that the PlayStation 3 version was delisted is unconfirmed but as the game was published by bitComposer on that platform, it is assumed it was delisted in 2015 alongside the Steam version.
In Fall 2014 bitComposer Entertainment AG filed for insolvency protection after missing several game releases which put their financial standing in jeopardy. The company was dissolved in January 2015 but relaunched shortly after as bitComposer Interactive GmbH with new management and investors. According to bitComposer’s homepage several “major assets” and “name rights” were lost over the course of these events resulting in several delistings. Many of these titles have reappeared with new publishers but not on all of the original release platforms. See the list of titles published by bitComposer for more details.
About the Game
“In ION ASSAULT HD the player controls thousands of ion particles that he can use to blast, fry and blow up anything off the screen!
SOLID GAMEPLAY WITH A TWIST: By focusing the gameplay on its unique fluid and particle physics system, ION ASSAULT HD adds a special twist to the classic arcade-style space shooter!
ANYONE CAN PLAY: Utilizing its dynamic difficulty level adjustment system, ION ASSAULT HD is both accessible to beginners and a challenge for skilled gamers. The faster you destroy obstacles, the more enemies will appear to try and thwart your plans. So you can opt to play it safe and clear each obstacle carefully out of the way, or go ballistic and see how many enemies the game can throw at you to achieve a maximum score!“
• Explore a total of 30 levels with 6 levels per scenario
• Play Campaign mode with a friend in Coop mode
• Challenge up to 3 other players in Versus mode either online or in your own living room