Confirming Twitter comments made yesterday
, SDN Invest, the investment firm behind Danish game developer Interceptor Entertainment has formally announced its purchase of Apogee Software Ltd. the Texan developer and publisher also known as 3D Realms.
SDN Invest is a Danish investment firm founded by former coolshop.com CEO Mike Nielsen. Nielsen serves as chairman of the board at Interceptor, and has now been named as CEO of 3D Realms:
“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," remarked Nielsen, the newly appointed CEO. "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.” Added 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.”
Scott Miller, co-founder of 3D Realms concluded, “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."
The announcment offers no mention of the sale price, or even what the new owners believe they have acquired from the transaction. Comments made yesterday by Terry Nagy, the CEO of Apogee Software LLC (reportedly a separate entity to Apogee Software Ltd) asserted that they still held the rights to Apogee's games franchises including Rise of the Triad, Commander Keen and Shadow Warrior.
Then there's the matter of the higher-profile Duke Nukem rights, which both Interceptor and 3D Realms are now embroiled in a lawsuit filed by Gearbox Software over.
Responding to questions from with Eurogamer
, new 3D Realms CEO Mike Nielsen was coy on extra details due to the lawsuit, but his words certainly seem to indicate some manner of entitlement to its various franchises, particularly Duke:
Speaking to Eurogamer, Nielsen insisted Interceptor had not announced a new Duke Nukem game.
“We have not officially announced anything, other than we're doing a game,” he said.
“We've left some hints online. There have been a few leaks. We were going to announce it on the countdown but due to the lawsuit that has arisen, we have been unable to comment on it. And because of the lawsuit we can't comment.
“The only thing we can say is we're big fans of Duke. That's all I can say. I have to be careful on this subject.
“Obviously the lawsuit isn't ideal. We'd love to see it go away and have a peaceful resolution to it, but it's not something that scares us.
“Our only message is we're not all out of gum yet.”
Also noted by Eurogamer is that 3D Realms co-founder Scott Miller is expected to work with the new 3D Realms owners as a "creative consultant", and that Nielsen "intends for 3D Realms to act as a publisher, with Danish studio Interceptor doing development work"
“We would like to use the 3D Realms brand,” he said. “We still think that brand carries an enormous value. I know there has been some controversy, but for me it still stands as a shining beacon with some of the founding fathers of the modern computer game industry. That weighed heavily with us.
“They still have several IPs that are interesting to work with. One of the things we want to focus on is creating new content and new IPs with 3D Realms. It will be a split between those two things, without giving any percentages on what that split is exactly. The focus on new IPs will be a big part of it.
“3D Realms is more in the publishing position right now. The organisation is small. That's all I can say. Going forward Interceptor will be developing a lot of the products coming from the studio - at least the higher end games. That's part of why it makes sense to me as an investor in both of these companies.”
So there you have it. As clear as mud.
The teaser website
thought to be for an action RPG titled Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction remains frozen in time with countdown that was supposed to end with a reveal last week, and we won't likely find out a whole lot more about the matter until the Gearbox lawsuit unfolds.