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A Buy-Out That Should Have Happened Sooner (Updated)

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By eremeticskeptic03-03-2014

Interceptor Entertainment has just bought out Apogee Software, Ltd., and 3D Realms, famous for creating Duke Nukem. While not much has been said about the purchase, everyone is buzzing about it – a statement is supposed to be made soon. This purchase comes while Apogee, who claim that are still independent, is under fire from Gearbox Software for “unauthorized use” of intellectual property connected with the Duke Nukem franchise. This lawsuit started after a new Duke Nukem title called Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction was announced last month. This isn't the first time the two companies have been at each other's throats in the courtroom, but another incident in a long line of incidents attached to the Duke Nukem franchise.

It's unclear yet how this purchase will affect the status of the lawsuit levied against Apogee, but personally, I find that news over Duke Nukem is overhyped. Does anybody remember just how bad Duke Nukem Forever was? Disappointing. Frankly, I think it was a matter of time until Apogee was bought out, and I'd like to see more of a focus on new, creative franchises and ideas, instead of trying to breathe life into franchises that died under their own hype years ago.

Update: First things first - this acquisition was for Apogee, Ltd, NOT Apogee, LLC, the owners of the Rise of the Triad games. The acquisition was actually made by a Danish firm called SDN Invest, a principal investor in Interceptor Entertainment. SDN Invest has invested so much in to the company that they have become part owners, making the new CEO of 3D Realms Mike Nielsen, who is also Chairman of the Board at Interceptor. Neilsen has gone on record saying: "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. 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." What really shows that the original, "not surprised" reaction that this garnered is probably warranted is what Scott Miller, 3D Realms' co-founder, has gone on record saying, stating that, "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."

It seems the nostalgia for the 90's will never end, no matter how disappointing the product was. Well, they'll always be able to rely on that...or will they?


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