Rise of the Triad Dev Purchases 3D Realms/Apogee - Update

Rise of the Triad Dev Purchases 3D Realms/Apogee - Update

Duke Nukem 3D

The young developer has now purchased its biggest inspiration.

Update: Apogee has clarified the matter, saying in a tweet that "for the record [Interceptor Entertainment] did not acquire [Apogee Software] or any of the assets associated with us including [Rise of the Triad]". It seems that most of the confusion stems from the fact that Apogee Software, LLC (which owns Rise of the Triad and Apogee Software, Ltd (which currently operates under the 3D Realms name) are two separate legal entities.

Original Story: Back in 2010, a group of modders announced a remake of Duke Nukem 3D using the Unreal Engine 3. While that project never saw the light of day, the team, now called Interceptor Entertainment, eventually did get to remake another classic, Rise of the Triad. Now, Interceptor CEO Frederik Schreiber announced that his company has outright acquired the original Duke developer 3D Realms and its sister company Apogee Software.

"With this acquisition, we aim to strengthen 3D Realms and protect the legend that it is," said newly-appointed 3D Realms CEO Mike Nielsen. "The brand itself is very valuable, and we want to ensure the survival and return to the level at which it is renowned." With this acquisition, Interceptor also gets the rights to classics like Commander Keen and Shadow Warrior (which was also remade recently).

The odd bit here is that Interceptor and 3D Realms are currently embroiled in a lawsuit with Gearbox over the recently announced Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction RPG. While Interceptor had an agreement with 3D Realms to develop it, Gearbox claims that 3D Realms only had the rights to re-release older Duke titles, not actually develop new ones. Gearbox acquired those rights when they purchased Duke Nukem Forever.

The whole situation reminds me of when Wizards of the Coast purchased their idols, TSR. However in this case, the only thing 3D Realms has been doing is licensing old properties (like Rise of the Triad). Apogee was responsible for a huge number of my childhood favorites. If Interceptor does anything with these moldering properties, it'll be more than Apogee itself ever did. I guess a Monster Bash remake's too much to ask for?

Source: Borsen via Polygon, Twitter


This will be brilliant, classic shareware games are coming back! Come on Jazz Jackrabbit!

Ahh Commander Keen. I don't recall what you did in that game, or how you played it. But I do remember that brick destroying game he had on his wrist computer.

He didn't. He had a clone of pong on his wrist computer.

The main game (series) is one of my personal favourites of all time, it's basically a sci-fi 2D platformer with combat. Specifically it was revolutionary at the time as the first ever such game on PC to have smooth side-scrolling, it also launched ID Software.

I was always very miffed that Keen 6 promised an entire third triology in it's ending credits, yet they never delivered. Now maybe we'll get it at last, though of course, at this point they could very well screw it up.... series brought out of cryogenics after 25 years often don't fare well :(

That Duke Nukem site has a twitter that says they didn't acquire Apogee or Rise of the Triad:

Apogee Software @ApogeeSoftware
For the record @InterceptorEnt did not acquire @ApogeeSoftware or any of the assets associated with us including @RiseoftheTriad

So did they just get 3D Realms then? And I thought they got the go ahead by Gearbox to make their Duke Nukem game?

That Duke Nukem site has a twitter that says they didn't acquire Apogee or Rise of the Triad:

Hmm. In the original tweet, both are mentioned. But it seems that you're correct. The legal connections between 3DR and Apogee are confusing at best. Thanks for the heads up, we'll update the story.

This is really confusing! I'll just wait for Interceptor to make a statement tomorrow lol.

To be frank, I fucking love Interceptor. They seem like really passionate guys out to make shooters fun, crazy games like they were in the 90's. IMO they're just the company to helm 3D Realms.

Only ever really played the first Keen game (it being shareware) and bits of the 4th (it also being shareware, but I didn't find the cheat codes for it).

Thought it was quite food, had a very weird feel to it. Only game I've used where you use a pogo stick.


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