3D Realms Acquired By Duke Nukem RPG Developer

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SDN Invest, the Danish investment firm behind Interceptor Entertainment (Rise of the Triad reboot), has acquired Apogee Software, Ltd. and 3D Realms, responsible for publishing games such as Commander Keen, Duke Nukem, Wolfenstein 3D and Rise of the Triad.


Mike Nielson, founder of SDN Invest, has been appointed the new CEO of 3D Realms. Nielson also serves as Chairman of the Board at Interceptor, who not only rebooted Apogee’s Rise of the Triad franchise last year, but are also working on a Duke Nukem RPG, titled Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction


“3D Realms is legendary for its contributions to the gaming industry, as both the pioneer of the shareware model and an always generous partner who has provided both funding and guidance to game studios such as id Software, Parallax Software, Remedy Entertainment, and many others,” Nielson said in a press statement.


“3D Realms has also developed, co-developed, and co-financed such hits as Commander Keen, Duke Nukem, Wolfenstein 3D, Rise of the Triad, Raptor, Shadow Warrior and Prey. There are only a handful of independent studios with a better track record of original games. Yet even with this stellar track record, we hope we can take the company to new heights.”


“3D Realms has always been a defining part the PC games industry,” says Frederik Schreiber, CEO of Interceptor Entertainment. “Getting 3D Realms under our wings is a huge step for us and we are extremely excited about the acquisition.”


Finally, Scott Miller, co-founder of 3D Realms added, “My long time partner George Broussard and I are extremely proud of our past, especially as developers who always tried to partner with up-and-coming studios who just needed their break.”


“Our history shows we did that throughout the 1990s & 2000s, and I expect the new 3D Realms to continue with this tradition in full force. Our industry needs more good guys, who honor the profession and fellow hard-working developers.”

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Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.