Co-developers of Duke Nukem bought out amid Gearbox lawsuit.
Interceptor has officially bought out 3D Realms, the studio that co-developed titles such as Duke Nukem, Wolfenstein 3D and Prey. It’s interesting that they have done so at a time when 3D Realms are actually in the middle of a lawsuit with Gearbox.
Mike Nielsen, Interceptor’s chairman, has been named as the new CEO for 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,” Nielsen said
“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,” Nielsen continued. “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.”
“D Realms has always been a defining part the PC games industry,” said Interceptor boss Frederik Schreiber. “Getting 3D Realms under our wings is a huge step for us and we are extremely excited about the acquisition.
“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 and 2000s, and I expect the new 3D Realms to continue with this tradition in full force,” Schreiber continued. “Our industry needs more good guys, who honor the profession and fellow hard-working developers.”
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