What to look forward to: The old-school first-person shooter Rise of the Triad was already remastered in 2013, but a new version of the game is now scheduled for 2023. It returns from the 1990s with improved graphics and features, a brand new level editor, and full online and local multiplayer support.
Nightdive Studios continues to remake good old shooters, although the latest project from the Vancouver developer turned out to be not what people expected. Fans have been waiting for Heretic, Quake II, or even some Wolfenstein 3D news, and instead, the company has just announced a Rise of the Triad remaster. So Nightdive updates another FPS from the 90s using a “modern” engine with many of the features and graphical improvements that gamers take for granted these days.
Rise of the Triad: Dark War was released by Apogee Software (later called 3D Realms) in 1995, just a couple of years after Doom. The encounter with id Software’s legendary masterpiece didn’t go so well, which is why Apogee went down in history as yet another “Doom clone” with no particularly original words. The game sold around 110,000 copies in addition to downloads of the shareware version (Rise of the Triad: The Hunt Begins) and was eventually remade in 2013.
Rise of the Triad: Ludicrous Edition is an all-new remaster developed by Nightdive in collaboration with New Blood Interactive, and should offer much more than a “simple” remake or re-release compatible with today’s gaming devices. The original RofT used a modified version of the Wolfenstein 3D engine – it really should have been called “Wolfenstein 3D II: The Rise of the Triad” before id licensed it to Apogee – while the new Ludicrous Edition uses the Nightdive KEX Engine capable of supporting up to 4K and ultra-wide resolutions, unlimited frame rates, and updated versions for the HUD and UI.
Rise of the Triad: Ludicrous Edition will include all original RotT episodes and expansion packs, as well as additional game content restored from “lost betas” and a brand new episode created by New Blood Interactive and industry veterans. After all the bling and exploding monks of the base game, players will be able to create new maps thanks to the built-in level editor; multiplayer includes support for online and LAN matches with multiple game modes. There is also a jukebox and the option to play with 1995 or 2013 soundtracks.
Being a remaster, RotT: Ludicrous Edition should follow the same scenario as the original game: a dangerous religious cult is doing its dirty work in an ancient monastery located on San Nicolas Island, near Southern California, and a commando team known as the HUNTING (Operational high-risk United Nations team) sent to investigate. Eventually, the squad learns of the cult’s plans to destroy Los Angeles, and the mission’s goal turns into the complete destruction of the aforementioned evil cult.
Players will be able to choose from five characters with different stats and attributes, while the means of destruction includes 13 weapons that fire bullets, rockets or even magic. Unlike other Doom-style shooters, RotT forces the player to select four weapons at the same time. Ludicrous Edition will release in 2023 on Steam and GOG for PC, and console support will include PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Switch.