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Duke Next Summer . . . Sort Of

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Yes, Duke Nukem is releasing next summer . . . but for the handheld. After seeing the trailer earlier this year, perhaps many of you have been waiting for the next gen version, but no official word on that title as yet. It’s E3 Week, though, so who knows? It’s not clear whether the game will release for DS or PSP or both, but it would probably be safe to assume that it will be releasing on both . . . maybe even for the rumored MS handheld. UPDATED with additional info after the break. It is confirmed that it is coming out for both handheld platforms.

Legendary Apogee Returns to Action
The publisher that pioneered episodic gaming and online distribution is back.
Dallas, Texas – July 14, 2008 – Apogee Software is back to re-establish itself as an innovative leader in interactive entertainment. Apogee is reviving some of its legacy catalogue of 30+ releases as well as publishing all-new properties in collaboration with diverse creators and developers.

Apogee is bringing the King of Action himself, Duke NukemTM, to the handheld console market with three new missions, together called the Duke Nukem TrilogyTM. Apogee Software is producing the Trilogy under an exclusive license agreement with 3D Realms and MachineWorks Northwest LLC. The Trilogy is comprised of three episodes: Critical MassTM, Chain ReactionTM, and Proving GroundsTM.

“This marks a new beginning for a famous publisher with a history of market-making innovation,” said Terry Nagy, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Apogee. “I can’t think of a better character than Duke or a better franchise than the Trilogy to usher in a new era for Apogee.””It’s funny how what’s old is new again in this industry,” remarked Apogee co-founder, Scott Miller. “Many of the things Apogee pioneered are back in style, so it only makes sense to bring back Apogee and its properties with a visionary team that will once again create innovation for gamers around the world.”

Apogee pioneered the shareware game revolution in 1987 by inventing the concept of game demos, distributed online, which advertised the remaining episodes in a series. Before this time, game demos and episodic releases were unheard of. These concepts created by Apogee have become mainstream today. Apogee’s amazing history includes the original releases of Commander KeenTM (1990), Duke NukemTM (1991), Wolfenstein 3-DTM (1992), RaptorTM (1993), and Rise of the TriadTM (1994), just to name a few.

Features include:

  • 9 Different World Locations
  • 36 Action-Packed Levels
  • 3D Accelerated Graphics
  • 3D Characters with Detailed Textures
  • Real-Time Particle and Lighting Effects
  • Multi-Mode Play with up to 5 Different Styles of Game Play Action
  • Multi-Player Action
  • Total Ass-Kicking Weapons

Apogee is bringing its innovation to the handheld market by producing the Trilogy for both the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP utilizing the same storyline, but taking full advantage of each platforms strengths. This means a totally different gaming experience on each system while staying true to the storyline.

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