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Rise of the Triad Returns, Press Release Includes The Word "Ludicrous" Twice

Apogee announces a "rebirth" of ROTT that's headed for PC later this year.

Rise of the Triad was always a weird game. It felt like the first-person shooter for people that got burned out on Doom's standard deathmatch. It was full of weapons that, at the time, seemed nonsensical, like drunk missiles and a "god mode" power-up that temporarily replaced your weapon with the ability to shoot homing fireballs out of your hand. It was full of ridiculous trampolines that gave the game a vertical element that you didn't see in most other early first-person shooters. It was fast-paced mayhem for fans of the genre that wanted something a little looser and weirder than the other shooters of its day. And now it's coming back.

This afternoon at QuakeCon, Apogee (which apparently still exists) announced that Rise of the Triad is coming back via an Unreal Engine 3-based first-person shooter heading for PC later this year. The studio behind the game is Interceptor Entertainment, a Denmark-based crew that was previously working on a non-commercial UE3 remake of Duke Nukem 3D. That game was put on hold on 2011.

Like the original game, the new ROTT will have five playable characters. Popular weapons and modes like shroom mode, dog mode, and "Excalibat" will return, as will the aforementioned drunk missiles and god mode. It will contain a single-player campaign as well as multiplayer mode, and the game will have Steam Workshop support to enable easy sharing of user-created levels and mods. From the looks of the screenshots, the weird little trampolines that were one of the hallmarks of ROTT's level design will make an appearance.

The game will also contain "full character and enemy dismemberment," which I expect means that the game will contain... ludicrous gibs. Of course it will. I mean, if you're not going to put that stuff in, you're not really making a new ROTT game at all, right?

Anyway, there isn't really a ton of info out there right now, but it'll be set up at QuakeCon for people who want to take the multiplayer for a spin, which officially makes this the first time in well over a decade that I've said "man, I should have gone to QuakeCon." QuakeCon opens today in Dallas and runs through the weekend. Since you're probably not there, well, here are a few screenshots of enemy soldiers getting blown into bits. Cool?

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Posted by Jeff

Rise of the Triad was always a weird game. It felt like the first-person shooter for people that got burned out on Doom's standard deathmatch. It was full of weapons that, at the time, seemed nonsensical, like drunk missiles and a "god mode" power-up that temporarily replaced your weapon with the ability to shoot homing fireballs out of your hand. It was full of ridiculous trampolines that gave the game a vertical element that you didn't see in most other early first-person shooters. It was fast-paced mayhem for fans of the genre that wanted something a little looser and weirder than the other shooters of its day. And now it's coming back.

This afternoon at QuakeCon, Apogee (which apparently still exists) announced that Rise of the Triad is coming back via an Unreal Engine 3-based first-person shooter heading for PC later this year. The studio behind the game is Interceptor Entertainment, a Denmark-based crew that was previously working on a non-commercial UE3 remake of Duke Nukem 3D. That game was put on hold on 2011.

Like the original game, the new ROTT will have five playable characters. Popular weapons and modes like shroom mode, dog mode, and "Excalibat" will return, as will the aforementioned drunk missiles and god mode. It will contain a single-player campaign as well as multiplayer mode, and the game will have Steam Workshop support to enable easy sharing of user-created levels and mods. From the looks of the screenshots, the weird little trampolines that were one of the hallmarks of ROTT's level design will make an appearance.

The game will also contain "full character and enemy dismemberment," which I expect means that the game will contain... ludicrous gibs. Of course it will. I mean, if you're not going to put that stuff in, you're not really making a new ROTT game at all, right?

Anyway, there isn't really a ton of info out there right now, but it'll be set up at QuakeCon for people who want to take the multiplayer for a spin, which officially makes this the first time in well over a decade that I've said "man, I should have gone to QuakeCon." QuakeCon opens today in Dallas and runs through the weekend. Since you're probably not there, well, here are a few screenshots of enemy soldiers getting blown into bits. Cool?

Edited by felakuti4life

I love triads!

EDIT: What! I never get these types of quests!

Posted by Nes

I came.

Posted by alibson

That's totally rad dog

Posted by Jackel2072

please dont suck!

Posted by Slow_pC

After all the talk a few weeks ago of ROTT ... now is even more of a reason to get this classic on a TNT soon!

Posted by MordeaniisChaos

So pumped! I loved the original. Drunken frickin missiles man!

Posted by jonnyboy
That's cos I rise all the Triads Bitch!
Posted by NostalgicShakedown

Wow! I did not see this coming at all! I will be waiting in anticipation for this game.

Posted by Ravenlight

Hype get!

Posted by Shivoa

Apparently this isn't Apogee Software of old (the one that used the 3D Realms name for a long time before implosion making DNF) as they spun it off a few years ago as a new company side-publisher to leverage the old 3DRealms IPs. At least this is how Wikipedia explains how these same guys are using the same name but aren't hiding from 2K lawyers looking to recoup those lost DNF funds.

Posted by destruktive

I'm fucking ready! Gimme!

Posted by Wiseblood

Glad they're giving it to competent developers right away instead of fucking around with it for 10 years first.

Posted by CornBREDX

Wow, that's crazy. I totally forgot about this game. I actually had that game at some point in the 90s.

Posted by BlackLagoon

But do the developers have the incredible power needed?

Posted by Talis12

fuck yeah

Posted by RockyRaccoon37

If I can't transform into a dog THEN NO SALE APOGEE.

Man, seriously though, I really hope this doesn't suck.

Posted by Drebin_893

Yo just want to say I like that Jeff's written a few articles recently.

Posted by LLJK_Jasta

@Intelligent_Space_Man said:

I will totally be scouring the bins at the drugstore to find a deluxe shareware copy again.

Fuuuuck I miss that.

Posted by PokeIkzai

This is awesome but.... why?

Posted by laserbolts

I would buy the shit out of this.

Posted by RockyRaccoon37

@PokeIkzai said:

This is awesome but.... why?

Because first person shooters need some LUDICROUS GIBS and Republican bonuses for blowing shit up and Democrat bonuses for not using guns.

Posted by LLJK_Jasta

@PokeIkzai said:

This is awesome but.... why?

Because I will totally fucking buy this. :3

Posted by Artigkar

Here is a trailer:

Posted by ShaggE

@PokeIkzai said:

This is awesome but.... why?

Because Apogee decided to make my dreams come true on this day.

Posted by Grimhild

@ShaggE:

/highfive

Posted by Veektarius

Raptor: Call of the Shadows 2014?

Posted by Grimpopo

I loved the original ROTT! I hope this one stands up.

The crazy moan sound of God mode, the charred bodies falling to the ground from the flamewall... wonderfully ludicrous. Though I'm guessing they won't have the insults the game made towards other players while you waiting for them to join the game so it would start, since, you know, you don't have to wait these days...

Is Tom Hall involved in any way?

Posted by m0rdr3d

This was one of my favorite games back in the day. But how is there any way that this revival won't suck?

Posted by MooseyMcMan

I see it features fake Nazis.

Posted by TheHT

i'm most pleased by Apogee apparently still being alive.

Posted by BlackLagoon

@RockyRaccoon37 said:

Because first person shooters need some LUDICROUS GIBS and Republican bonuses for blowing shit up and Democrat bonuses for not using guns.

I believe the Republican bonuses were for destroying all the plants and picking up all the guns on a level, while the Democrat ones were for picking up all the health and using all the "shrooms" items.

Posted by Hilfemaster

those screenshots are really ugly. looks like the most recent Wolfenstein.

Posted by Phatmac

As long as it has gibs then I'm in.

Posted by ajamafalous

Fucking siiiiiiiiiiiiiick

Posted by DefAde

Well watched the trailer..... this looks just as awful as Duke Nukem Forever....

Edited by cyber95

I will purchase this under the sole condition that I get to hear the Apogee theme whenever I load it up.

EDIT: Just watched trailer. Sold before the gameplay even happened.

Posted by thefncrow

Awesome. I'm actually heading out to QuakeCon this year because of Idle Thumbs panel. I was thinking that while I was out there I might get a chance to see Dishonored and, maybe, some Borderlands 2. I'll have to add this to the list.

Posted by seannao

Is dog-mode confirmed

Posted by granderojo

Posted by chilibean_3

So I sure hope this is fun because those screenshots and the trailer look terrible

Posted by mlarrabee

That's madness! I wouldn't have pegged that in... ever.

Also, those screenshots have that weird quality where the attention to detail is great (fingernails, veins and tendons visible beneath skin), but they still look like crap. They are stills, though.

Posted by Dagbiker

Dose this mean that ID has given up making engines?

Posted by RockyRaccoon37

@BlackLagoon said:

@RockyRaccoon37 said:

Because first person shooters need some LUDICROUS GIBS and Republican bonuses for blowing shit up and Democrat bonuses for not using guns.

I believe the Republican bonuses were for destroying all the plants and picking up all the guns on a level, while the Democrat ones were for picking up all the health and using all the "shrooms" items.

I believe you are an asshole for being correct and making me look like a fool.

Edited by hakunin

This is just weird and awesome at the same time.

New ROTT? Fuck yeah!

Apogee still exists? What?

It's made by some guys from my home country I've never heard of? OK.

edit: seeing that Apogee logo has made me nostalgic for the days of shareware

Posted by Garrick_Greathouse

FUCK YES ROTT!!

"Get a 486!"

Posted by Klaimore

Praise the Sun!

Posted by SpicyRichter

@Artigkar said:

Here is a trailer:

Don't get me wrong, I'm super pumped, but christ does this trailer sound awful. I hope that isn't production sound

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