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

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Posted by Jeff (5488 posts) -
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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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#1 Posted by Jeff (5488 posts) -
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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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#2 Edited by felakuti4life (154 posts) -

I love triads!

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

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#3 Posted by Nes (253 posts) -

I came.

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#4 Posted by alibson (166 posts) -

That's totally rad dog

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#5 Posted by Jackel2072 (2510 posts) -

please dont suck!

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#6 Posted by Slow_pC (273 posts) -

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!

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#7 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5904 posts) -

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

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#8 Posted by jonnyboy (2867 posts) -
That's cos I rise all the Triads Bitch!
That's cos I rise all the Triads Bitch!
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#9 Posted by NostalgicShakedown (156 posts) -

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

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#10 Posted by Ravenlight (8057 posts) -

Hype get!

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#11 Posted by Shivoa (1124 posts) -

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.

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#12 Posted by destruktive (1116 posts) -

I'm fucking ready! Gimme!

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#13 Posted by Wiseblood (738 posts) -

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

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#14 Posted by CornBREDX (7112 posts) -

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

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#16 Posted by BlackLagoon (1881 posts) -

But do the developers have the incredible power needed?

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#17 Posted by Talis12 (524 posts) -

fuck yeah

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#18 Posted by RockyRaccoon37 (495 posts) -

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

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

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#19 Posted by Drebin_893 (3123 posts) -

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

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#20 Posted by GraveyardPolka (329 posts) -

@Intelligent_Space_Man said:

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

Fuuuuck I miss that.

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#21 Posted by PokeIkzai (427 posts) -

This is awesome but.... why?

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#22 Posted by laserbolts (5506 posts) -

I would buy the shit out of this.

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#23 Posted by RockyRaccoon37 (495 posts) -

@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.

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#24 Posted by GraveyardPolka (329 posts) -

@PokeIkzai said:

This is awesome but.... why?

Because I will totally fucking buy this. :3

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#25 Posted by Artigkar (193 posts) -

Here is a trailer:

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#26 Posted by ShaggE (7995 posts) -

@PokeIkzai said:

This is awesome but.... why?

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

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#27 Posted by Grimhild (795 posts) -

@ShaggE:

/highfive

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#28 Posted by Veektarius (5828 posts) -

Raptor: Call of the Shadows 2014?

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#29 Posted by Grimpopo (24 posts) -

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?

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#30 Posted by m0rdr3d (476 posts) -

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

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#31 Posted by MooseyMcMan (12385 posts) -

I see it features fake Nazis.

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#32 Posted by TheHT (13852 posts) -

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

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#33 Posted by BlackLagoon (1881 posts) -

@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.

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#34 Posted by Hilfemaster (119 posts) -

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

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#36 Posted by Phatmac (5928 posts) -

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

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#37 Posted by ajamafalous (13073 posts) -

Fucking siiiiiiiiiiiiiick

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#38 Posted by DefAde (278 posts) -

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

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#39 Edited by cyber95 (45 posts) -

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.

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#40 Posted by thefncrow (24 posts) -

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.

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#41 Posted by seannao (287 posts) -

Is dog-mode confirmed

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#42 Posted by granderojo (1899 posts) -

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#43 Posted by chilibean_3 (2096 posts) -

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

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#44 Posted by mlarrabee (3699 posts) -

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.

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#45 Posted by Dagbiker (7025 posts) -

Dose this mean that ID has given up making engines?

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#46 Posted by RockyRaccoon37 (495 posts) -

@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.

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#47 Edited by hakunin (459 posts) -

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

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#48 Posted by Garrick_Greathouse (62 posts) -

FUCK YES ROTT!!

"Get a 486!"

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#49 Posted by Klaimore (1005 posts) -

Praise the Sun!

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#50 Posted by SpicyRichter (729 posts) -

@Artigkar said:

Here is a trailer:

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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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