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Category: 3D Realms
by Yatta, on Fri Jul 13 2012, 03:26AM

Too lazy to read this long news post? Fear not, TLDR soldiers!  If your time is limited, this is the gist of what you need to know: Fresch and his team, Interceptor Entertainment (IE), who worked on the canceled Duke Nukem 3D Reloaded project, are announcing their new game in two weeks; we do not know what the project entails, except for the fact that it involves their affiliation with "3D Realms veterans," and that others have speculated that the project is a remake or sequel to The Rise of the Triad (ROTT).

If you're awesome like, you'll want to read the full details:
Back in 2010, we reported that an Unreal Engine 3 remake of Duke Nukem 3D, entitled "Duke Nukem Next-Gen," was being worked on by community member Frederik "Fresch" Schreiber. After receiving approval from 3D Realms and Gearbox, the project was underway, and we announced that a website for the project had been established under the rebranded name of "Duke Nukem 3D Reloaded."

With an impressive status update as well as's private opportunity to preview a very early build of the project, excitement for the game had built up high. Unfortunately, we learned last year that the project was put on hold because Fresch's license to create the game prohibited him from actually releasing it. Our forums naturally erupted with speculation, disappointment, and (unfortunately) sometimes hostility.

The community, including's own staff, were left disappointed because we had high hopes of seeing the project come into fruition. Fresch's project was especially important to us because Duke3D Reloaded's anticipated release coincided with a crucial post-Duke Nukem Forever period marked by a decline in our community's interest in things outside the scope of Duke Nukem 3D (1996) modding.

Fortunately, since the alleged abandonment of Duke3D Reloaded, Fresch, who founded Interceptor Entertainment, maintained his interest in working with the people who inspired him to take on his original project. Today, his team's website has matured into a presence more reminiscent of what one would expect from a professional development studio, claiming involvement in two new projects codenamed Pathfinder and Rogue.

More recently, our forum members speculated that Interceptor Entertainment is working with 3D Realms to produce a sequel to the classic Apogee game Rise of the Triad (ROTT). Last month, Fresch neither denied or confirmed this speculation, maintaining that it was nothing but speculation.

During this time, we remained silent with respect to news coverage on the matter because, as a historically credible fan website, we had no interest in perpetuating rumors which lacked concrete evidence. Our news post today, however, is being written in response to concrete evidence, namely a post by Fresch, hinting to Interceptor Entertainment's possible affiliation with 3D Realms in a new development endeavor:

Interceptor is no longer a Mod Team, but a fully established studio.

Most of the Interceptor Developers have an Indie/Modding background, and later got jobs around the industry. Interceptor is made of an All-Star Team, with developers who previously worked with studios such as Sony Online Entertainment, Naughty Dog, and Epic Games.

What we are working on is yet to be revealed. Keep an eye out for QuakeCon in early August, where we will World Premiere a game than I'm sure you've been all eagerly awaiting.

If you are attending QuakeCon, head over to our booth, where the game will be playable, and feel free to have a chat with Joe, myself, and other 3D Realms/Apogee veterans.

rott.jpgThe degree to which Interceptor Entertainment (IE) is affiliated with 3D Realms (or 3D Realms "veterans") is unknown, except for the fact that 3D Realms' former community manager, Joe Siegler, has a profile on IE's team page which hints to his involvement with a "classified project." Perhaps it was this same team page, as well as Siegler's background as a mapper for ROTT, that led to the aforementioned speculation that IE's secret project is a remake or sequel to the Apogee classic.
QuakeCon will commence on August 2nd and continue through to the fifth; until then, we eagerly await more information on the matter.


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