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aka: Apogee Software

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3D Realms, founded as Apogee Software Ltd. is a Video Game development and publishing company that was established in 1987. It started using 3D Realms (instead of Apogee) as its trade name in 1994, focusing on three-dimensional games from that point; as well as Pinball Wizards, the division of Apogee that focused on pinball games. In 2008, members of Apogee Ltd formed a separate company called Apogee Software LLC, focusing on publishing their older titles for portable devices.

The company was one of the major shareware publishers in te late '80s and early '90s. It spearheaded the model of episodic games, where the first episode is available for free and the other episodes have to be paid for. Subsequent episodes in the form of Mission-Pack Sequel, i.e. the same game engine and enemies, but additional levels. Apogee used to publish games for other companies, such as id Software before it went independent.


In March 2014, 3D Realms was acquired by SDN Invest, a Danish holding company that also owns Slipgate Ironworks (then-Interceptor Entertainment), following a significant layoff and a corporate restructure. Mike Nielsen, founder SDN Invest, became the CEO of 3D Realms, and the company moved to Aalborg in Denmark, sharing office space with Slipgate. The company would since then focus on publishing smaller projects.

The Apogee Software label was revived in 2008, then rebranded as Apogee Entertainment in 2020. Whilst a seperate company, Apogee Entertainment (like the reanimated MicroProse) now mostly focuses on publishing projects from smaller independent developers, though they are also publishing remasters of some original Apogee/3D Realms releases such as Secret Agent and Raptor: Call of the Shadows.


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