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3D Realms "Remasters" the Classics in Major Store Update

| 28 May 2009 17:08
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3D Realms is working on a major update to its Online Store which will include a "remastering" of its complete product line and a digital release of games that were previously only available on CD.

The updates will give people a chance to buy and play virtually every game in 3D Realm's catalog that hasn't already been released as freeware, former 3D Realms employee Joe Sielger said, ranging from Commander Keen and Paganitzu to Terminal Velocity and Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold. The remastered games have been given DOSBox wrappers and will include PDF versions of the manuals and, where available, hint sheets.

"For the last two days I worked at 3DR, I did nothing more than one final major remaster of the product line. I took all the files that we were selling as downloadable items and remastered them," he wrote in the 3D Realms forums. "But it didn't stop there. I took all the games that we sold as CD media only, and created downloadable installs for them, too. That includes Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior, Death Rally, & Terminal Velocity. So these games will be available in our store."

"I also hit some other games. We will be selling Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project as a download for the first time, and we will also be selling something we have not sold in several years now. BALLS OF STEEL!" he continued. "This is basically every game that we can still sell that hasn't been released as freeware. They'll all be available in the new store update that is coming."

Also included in the update will be a version of Rise of the Triad that will come with "every single stinkin' thing that Apogee ever released" for the game, along with a bunch of user-created content and a few "surprises" Siegler tossed in on his own. "Redoing the product line with a DOSBox wrapper, as well as bringing back and/or adding several things to the online store was my final act as an actual employee of 3DR," he wrote. "I saved ROTT for last. It was mastered between about 6:40PM and 8:15PM Central time on Friday May 22nd."

The full list of games coming to the new 3D Realms store:

  • Balls of Steel
  • Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold
  • Commander Keen Galaxy
  • Commander Keen Vorticons
  • Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure
  • Crystal Caves
  • Death Rally
  • Duke Nukem
  • Duke Nukem II
  • Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition
  • Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Math Rescue
  • Monster Bash
  • Mystic Towers
  • Paganitzu
  • Planet Strike
  • Raptor: Call of the Shadows
  • Realms of Chaos
  • Rise of the Triad (or as I call it, Ultimate ROTT)
  • Secret Agent
  • Shadow Warrior
  • Terminal Velocity
  • Wacky Wheels
  • Wolfenstein 3D
  • Word Rescue

So even though you can't play Duke Nukem Forever, you'll still be able to fire up some Duke Nukem 3D and that's not a bad second choice. Pricing and a launch date for the new store have not yet been revealed, so keep an eye on 3D Realms for updates.

via: Joystiq

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