3D Realms (legal name Apogee Software, Ltd.) is a current video game publisher and former video game developer based in Garland, Texas, United States, established in 1987. It is best known for popularizing the shareware distribution model and as the creator of franchises on the PC such as Duke Nukem, and also the publisher of other franchises such as Commander Keen and Wolfenstein 3D.
While the company is known as "3D Realms", the legal name of the company is Apogee Software, Ltd. The name "3D Realms" was initially created as a branding label in July 1994 for use by Apogee which would be dedicated to just 3D games (as Apogee was then known for several styles of games). However, shortly after this, 3D games started to dominate the industry, and Apogee decided to direct its focus on this style of game; as such, "Apogee" was abandoned as a trade name in late 1996. In July 2008, however, it announced that the brand Apogee Software would be revived with new games, but licensed to an external company, Apogee Software, LLC.
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... Developer 1996 – Duke Nukem 3D 1997 – Blood First developed by 3D Realms and Q Studios, but development finished by Monolith Productions. 1997 – Shadow Warrior 2008 – Duke Nukem 3D (Xbox Live Arcade port) 2010 – Duke Nukem Manhattan Project (Xbox Live Arcade port) 2011 – Duke Nukem Forever Developed and Produced by 3D ... The game was supposed to be produced by 3D Realms and developed by Q Studios, but Q Studios was acquired and the rights were sold to Monolith Productions ...
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