Rise of the Triad set to rise again in 2012

Everything old is new again, as Apogee Software steps out of the shadows at QuakeCon 2012 to announce the rebirth of Rise of the Triad. The cult-classic FPS is in line for a complete makeover: Bigger, batter and more ludicrous… and it’s in development at Interceptor Entertainment, eyeing a release a little later this year.

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Terry Nagy, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Apogee explains:

We were seeking a strong, independent, hard-working development partner to herald the eagerly-anticipated return of ‘Rise of the Triad’. We have indeed found that partner in Interceptor Entertainment.

Interceptor CEO Frederik Schreiber is equally pleased:

Apogee has given us a great opportunity with Rise of the Triad. We are all about fast-paced action and this was simply a perfect match for us as fans of old school shooters.

…and in case you were frightened that the game would be somehow ‘modernised’, don’t worry. This is one true-to-form reboot that captures all of the magic of the original. You’ve still got the five unique characters to choose from (each with their own play style), and we’re promised more than 20 levels of explosive ROTT action.

  • Unique multiplayer maps bring back all the fun and excitement of classic ROTT.
  • The full arsenal of over-the top weapons is back, including the Flamewall, Firebomb, Split Missile, Drunk Missile and, of course, the Excalibat!
  • The maniacal modes return, too, with God mode, Elasto mode, Mercury mode, Shrooms mode and everyone’s favorite, Dog mode!
  • Build your own levels, mods and share them with Valve’s Steamworks.
  • Offline single-player and multiplayer allows for instant action.
  • Find tons of secrets, collectables, special events and hidden areas to explore.
  • Get more than 100 achievements to add to your score, which is tracked on our worldwide leaderboard and stat-tracking system.
  • ROTT is bloodier and more ludicrous than ever, with full character and enemy dismemberment.
  • The iconic original soundtrack has been completely re-forged in the fires of heavy metal!
  • Nostalgia abounds with the option to play with all the original sounds and music.
  • Built on fully-licensed Unreal Engine 3 technology, ROTT will run on low-end PCs and push high-end PCs to their limits!

Rise of the Triad will run at a beautifully smooth 60fps straight out of the box, and if you’d like to try this on your older, lower-spec machine, it’s simply a matter of making a few tweaks and adjusting a couple of settings.

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Remember, it’s early days yet: Apogee and Interceptor aren’t 100% sure themselves just what they’ll be including in the new-look Rise of the Triad. Fan response from QuakeCon suggested gamers want co-op, so that might get a look-in when ROTT launches a little later this year. Shotguns may also be a late addition – even if it doesn’t make it into the final game, Interceptor is promising plenty of (free!) DLC and post-release support.

One thing it won’t have? Other than Steam being kinda necessary, Rise of the Triad will be DRM free.

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