It has been confirmed that Duke Nukem and Wolfenstein developer 3D Realms has been acquired by Danish investment firm SDN Invest,
SDN in the part-owner and main investor in Danish Rise of the Triad developer Interceptor Entertainment, whose chairman Mike Nielsen (also SDN’s founder and former Coolshop CEO) has now been installed as 3D Realms CEO.
The deal – which was first mentioned this morning – also sees SDN take charge of Apogee Software Limited who the company stresses is “not to be confused with Apogee Software, LLC – publishers of Rise of the Triad”.
“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. 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 co-founder Scott Miller added: “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 honour the profession and fellow hard-working developers."