3D Realms, Apogee acquired by Interceptor Entertainment

[UPDATE] The Danish developer of the Rise of the Triad reboot acquired the former developer of Duke Nukem 3D.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, the acquisition was officially announced. Danish investment firm SDN Invest has purchased Apogee Software Ltd./3D Realms for an unspecified sum. Apogee Software Ltd. is not to be confused with Apogee Software, LLC, which publishes Rise of the Triad. SDN Invest is part-owner and principal investor of game studio Interceptor Entertainment, which developed the Rise of the Triad reboot.

The original story is below.

The Danish developer behind the recent Rise of the Triad reboot Interceptor Entertainment has acquired Apogee Software, which owns the 3D Realms brand, known for developing Duke Nukem 3D.

Interceptor Entertainment CEO Frederik Schreiber confirmed the news on his Twitter account today, and said that more news will follow soon.

According to Danish newspaper Børsen, Mike Nielsen is the newly appointed CEO of Apogee Software and 3D Realms.

Last month, Interceptor Entertainment’s and 3D Realms’ logo appeared on a teaser website for Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction, a top-down action role-playing game for PC and PlayStation. The site was counting down to Feb. 25, but has since been replaced with a fake emergency broadcast signal.

On Feb. 23, Gearbox announced that it has filed suit against Apogee Software and Interceptor Entertainment over the companies' intentions to release Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction. Gearbox has owned the rights for the Duke Nukem IP since 2010, when it bought them from Apogee. Gearbox helped bring Duke Nukem Forever to the finish line after more than a decade in development, and announced plans to develop other games in the franchise.

Neither Gearbox nor Interceptor Entertainment said how this will affect Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction, but Interceptor said it will have an official statement tomorrow.

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28 comments
Jedilink109
Jedilink109

This is awesome.  Rise Of The Triad is a great game.  Hopefully the deal works out well for both teams. :)

gamerno66666
gamerno66666

 Give the duke nukem ip to Wild Hog Studios.

jhcho2
jhcho2

Apogee is still around?? I remember seeing their opening screen when I was playing Wacky Wheels back in the day

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

"The Danish developer of the Rise of the Tread reboot"

Damn you, autocorrect!

MacBoomStick
MacBoomStick

I doubt Rise of the Triad sold that well considering it is a hardcore PC FPS. Apogee and 3D Realms must have been pretty cheap.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Now all they need to do is buy Gearbox and the Duke IP.


Really, after DNF and Aliens Colonial Marines, surely Gearbox isn't worth more than $200.

quakke
quakke

I did not expect that..


Oh well, hopefully something good is bound to come out now?

delta5931
delta5931

If this is anything to go by, a new DN will be a great game.

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

i just wish Duke Nukem 3D RELOADED could get released :-(

Angrypcgamenerd
Angrypcgamenerd

I am betting that if the game gets cancelled, we'll see a dead Duke Nukem on the ground with the aliens around him winning. That would be the worst story ever told..... but of course if Duke Nukem Mass Destruction was not cancelled, this means two things: That we'll be able to see an ARPG and that it will be good for the Duke Nukem community over at Duke4 and 3DRealms forums.

xolivierx
xolivierx

what about Re-releasing Keen and Halloween Harry (aka alien Carnage)

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Wish Eddie was posting news today. Slow day but hey, it's Sunday.

wookiegr
wookiegr

Don't tread on my triad!

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

Why not Devolver? That would have been much better...

quakke
quakke

@gamerno66666  

Flying Wild Hog that is.


I'm not trying to start anything. It's just that i have alot of respect for those guys since they are pretty much the new Id Software. They have passion like nobody else, and talent like nobody else. Pretty sure they made their RoadHog game-engine from the ground up.

ShadowAngel85x
ShadowAngel85x

@gamerno66666 Lol, you can't be serious. Can ya? Have you ever played the original Shadow Warrior? Have you seen the reboot? While the gameplay was good (great sword mechanics) the "humour" was atrocious and the political correctness ("I'm not a racist, but...") was annoying as fuck. If Flying Wild Hog Studios (not Wild Hog) get their hands on Duke Nukem, the days of "Shake it Baby", "Your Ass, your face, what's the difference?" are gone. He'll probably bow down to every woman encountered and will only make cringeworthy one-liners where you wonder if the developers have every seen any 80's action movie (i know, they haven't, back then they where behind the iron curtain). It will probably be even worse than the heavily censored N64 version of Duke Nukem 3D...

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

@DrKill09  Borderlands is their bread & butter now......DNF wasn't that bad really, want bad try Rogue Warrior......that was bad.....

DrKill09
DrKill09

@TERMINATOR-SSD  Randy Pitchford's panties got in a bunch when he saw the game looked and played better than DNF, and made them cancel it.


That said, Duke 3D Reloaded looked good, but I really don't like the new Rise of the Triad.  It's too damn hard.

quakke
quakke

@ShadowAngel85x @gamerno66666
Gotta agree with you also, since while Hard Reset and Shadow Warrior 2013 are good, they aren't true Old School FPS. SW2013 is pretty much completely different from the 3DR Shadow Warrior 1997. These Flying Wild Hog games have stuff like too slow movement speed and linearity of the maps. Still, out of all the todays FPS, i prefer those games and Wrack and Serious Sam3.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@MJ12-Conspiracy @DrKill09  

Don't compare bad games, with another bad games, the results still the same=bad games.

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

@DrKill09 yea i know, another reason why i hate Mr LIE Randy Pitchford. Right after he said he welcomes the fan made game, then back stabs them. Rise of the Triad is old school hardness which i like, but i hate the sound of the weapons. Wish they had more beef to them and not sounding like the originals weak sounding. Music was amazing having that in the remake :-P also i could never play online because i never found a game, it was dead :-(

Torquille
Torquille

@s_h_a_d_o @Stevo_the_gamer  Well,, if you noticed the name of the new Duke game in question as is written at the end of the article, I would guess that proves your point :-) Grammar isn't obviously the strong point of the author...

golemoy
golemoy

At least DNF had fun oldschool multiplayer