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Posts tagged “Apogee”

Ken Silverman’s long-lost BUILD2 engine released

A tempting morsel for the techies, creators and archivists among us before RPS news signs off for the weekend. Apogee/3D Realms' BUILD engine has seen a bit of press in recent weeks, thanks to the early access launch of Ion Maiden, a Duke Nukem 3D successor built using the famed DOS-era codebase, albeit running through a modern source-port. After abandoning a first attempt at a…

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John Romero Reveals Super Mario 3’s PC Port

Yesterday, on the 25th anniversary of the first Commander Keen release, id Software co-founder John Romero revealed a video of the studio's Super Mario Bros. 3 demo. Created in a single week back in 1990, the year of Commander Keen, the demo was presented to Nintendo to show the viability of a PC port of the game. The second level has been redesigned to ask…

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Interceptor On 3D Realms, Gearbox, Blood, The Future

It hasn't exactly been "business as usual" for Interceptor lately. First the Rise of the Triad necromancer stealthily didn't quite reveal a new Duke Nukem game, and then Gearbox *did* entirely sue them for it. But while the Borderlands creator is flinging around 87 bazillion pieces of supposed evidence to the contrary, Interceptor believes it's in the clear - especially in light of the fact…

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A Keen Deal: Interceptor Purchases 3D Realms/Apogee

I didn't see this coming. Interceptor, the Danish company that recently announced a Duke Nukem ARPG and released the Rise of the Triad remake last year, have bought Apogee Software Ltd (aka the legal name of 3D Realms). This surprises me because I didn't think I'd be writing any stories about 3D Realms in 2014, except perhaps when they licensed Shadow Warrior out for a…

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Maybe Stop Betting On Duke: Gearbox Suing 3D Realms

Hail to the legal filing, baby. Gearbox, owners of the Duke Nukem IP, have filed a complaint against 3D Realms, creators of the Duke Nukem IP. That's because, as Adam spotted earlier this month, 3D Realms have teamed up with developers Interceptor to make Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction, apparently without owning any of the rights that would allow them to do that legally.

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A Machine For Gibs: Rise Of The Triad 1.1

I enjoy seeing the Apogee logo pushing its pixels onto the screen at the beginning of every Rise of the Triad trailer. For me, it doesn't primarily bring back memories of frenzied first-person shooting, although I did enjoy the original ROTT way back when. Apogee are inextricably linked with Wacky Wheels in my mind though, which worries me a little. How much time did I…

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Historical Maps: Rise Of The Triad Classic Editor

The original Rise of the Triad was an incredibly odd game. It isn't even necessary to talk about the ludicrous gibs or dog mode to reveal the underlying strangeness because the whole thing was weird from top to bottom, beginning with the level design. To anyone who didn't play shooters in the early nineties, the game's plot might well lead them to expect areas that…

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Triads Will Rise Again At The End Of July

Meanwhile, in The Future: [A couple, walking down a glistening chrome sidewalk, marveling at the chrome butterflies and chrome sunset via their Google Chrome Reality Browser Interfaces] Man A: "What a world we live in! So much opportunity and technology and beauty. Magical pocket rectangles that tell us everything we could possibly need to know, rapid transport across the globe, boundless entertainment, and jetpacks for…

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Arisen: 18 Minutes Of Rise Of The Triad Multiplayer

Just as the grass grows and the ocean gently laps against the shore, triads will rise. It is simply nature's way. For eons, however, top scientists have pondered what role rhythmic triad undulations play in the greater order of our universe. Do they hold up the planet in much the same fashion as long-dead Greek titans before them? Are they responsible for the complex set…

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Secrets, Jump Pads, Spinning Blades: Rise Of The Triad

I defy anyone to wake up on a Monday morning, bleary-eyed and unsure as to the state of reality, and plunge their face directly into a developer diary for the Rise of the Triad remake. It starts with an Apogee logo, which made me think I'd journeyed back through the decades as I slept, and contains men talking about 'immersion', 'level design' and the 'adventure…

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Rise Of The Triad Dredges Up A Dev Diary

Rise of the Triad is one of the last games anyone expected to spring back into the spotlight via what will go down in history as the year everyone finally decided necromancy was kind of cool, but it's actually not doing half-bad for itself. Sure, it's another retro revival shooter, but the immaculately coifed folks at Interceptor seem to understand exactly what powered the original:…

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Rise Of The Triad’s Splendid Time-Lapse Level Build

So let's have a look at this, Internet. I am a nerd for development process, so watching the time-lapsed video (below) of Interceptor CEO Frederik Schreiber building part of a Rise Of The Triad level is an early-morning delight. The remake, which was announced at QuakeCon, is due by the end of the year. You can have a read of Nathan's interview with said CEO…

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Old-School Or Bust: Interceptor On Rise Of The Triad

Against all odds, the Triads are rising again. After an attempt at performing some dark form of necromancy on Duke Nukem blew up in its face, mod-group-turned-developer Interceptor emerged mostly not-hideously-disfigured. And then, in a wondrous moment of happenstance, a resurrected Apogee offered the team the Rise of the Triad license, and the rest is history. During QuakeCon, I got the chance to play a…

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Those Gosh-Darn Triads Are Rising Again

Jim? John? Adam? Are you guys OK? Are you there? Are you conscious? Are you... are you still alive? Oh God. Oh God. There's no other reason I can think of for why they didn't post about the Rise of the Triad remake/sequel, which we had been forewarned would be unveiled at QuakeCon today. If it wasn't that then, well, they WON'T BE ALIVE FOR…

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Take-Two Sue Apogee Over Duke Nukem Forever

It's time for a new twist in the tale of Duke Nukem Forever. Shacknews are reporting that Take-Two are now filing a lawsuit against the remnants of Apogee and 3D Realms, suing them for failing to deliver the promised game, and demanding a copy of the source code. Cor blimey. In a round-up of who's suing who today, business news site Bloomberg mentions the case,…

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Old-Fashioned Misogyny: Duke 3D on GoG

It's always fun to hear about what new retro sweetmeat has found its way to Good Old Games' DRM-free servers - to sigh and think of times gone by, to think of how silly our hair was in 1995 and to wonder whether the Manic Street Preachers would be any good today if Richie hadn't gone missing. Today, it's the turn of Duke Nukem 3D,…

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