Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Rise of the Triad

QuakeCon: This is the Rise of the Triad that you remember

5:00 PM on 08.05.2012 // Allistair Pinsof
  @DtoidAllistair

[Destructoid is grabbing its rail gun and heading to Dallas, Texas this weekend for QuakeCon. Stay posted for game news, previews, and strange happenings from the infamous LAN room.]

I drove up to QuakeCon expecting a great Doom 4 reveal. Not Rise of the Triad. On the way, a couple thoughts occupied my mind but mainly, "Everything that defines the original Doom games at this point are so based in archaic game design that no sane developer would bring those ideas to the market now."

Well, call Interceptor Entertainment insane because that's exactly what they are doing with its Rise of the Triad reboot. Keycards, large open maps, and the endless slaughter of Nazi-occult are what ROTT was all about in 1995. And it's what it's all about in 2012.

Rise of the Triad (PC)
Publisher: Apogee Software
Developer: Interceptor Entertainment
Release: Fall 2012
MSRP: $14.99

If the multiplayer demo of ROTT was pre-alpha, the single-player demo was pre-delta. The game played under the framework of the multiplayer, including a time counter and a kill count at the top of the screen. Despite the demo being ghetto-rigged, it gave me a good impression of how far the single-player campaign will deviate from the original. As in, not very.

Though I only saw the first level of the game, I get a sense that for every room of a ROTT level you recognize there will be one that you don't. Interceptor is taking the original levels as a blueprint and consulting Joe Seigler, who was a level designer on the original, but they aren't limiting themselves entirely to the original maps. The same is true of the bosses which will find familiar faces who will have new advantages on the player. These encounters will come down to a lot more than just "shoot the guy in the face." It will be more like "shoot those two generators while dodging obstacles and then shoot the guy in the face."

Though nostalgia is key to the project, Interceptor are trying to do something more than a pixel-by-pixel recreation. Some changes are for the better while others are just kind of neat. The flamewall is now consistently confined to an area, instead of stretching across any space. Don't worry: You can still mow down enemies with it and cause other players to swear like sailors online. Coins are still collectable and make an appropriate arcade-like sound when picked-up. The developer is working on a novel multiplayer mode where players retrieve coins for their team but drop them all (a la Sonic the Hedgehog) when hit.

The wonderful quirks that defined the original ROTT will return. Maps will still be filled with secrets, you can play the game on holidays for Easter eggs, and enemies will beg for their lives. And, yes, the game is still full of jump pads but they have been redesigned by an electrical propulsion engineer who is friends with the developer. As a result, they look a lot less silly even though their application and placement remains nonsensical.

At the start of the game, you can choose between five characters that each have their pros and cons. For example, one character may be able to sustain more damage but will be slower, making him a poor choice for speed runs. The cheesy one-liners of the original will remain, but there will also be contextual dialogue inspired by Uncharted. You can toggle between the original's sound and music or the new re-imagined version at any time.

Considering it took the developer five months to get to this point, I think it will take nothing short of a miracle for them to make their Fall 2012 release window. Nevertheless, the developer isn't shy about talking DLC. Free DLC that is, including various weapons packs. There will also be an expansion pack based on The Hunt Begins shareware. The game will also be fully moddable via Steamworks.

Interceptor are some crazy dudes and not just due to this remake. It goes much further than that and you can read about it all in a feature in the coming week. They may just be crazy enough to make this reboot work. Even though there was no Dog mode or boss fights to be found in this demo, they will be in the final version along with everything else great about the original. Although I'm not convinced there is still a market for such a specific nostalgic trip, I'd love to be proved wrong.

The game is still slated for a Fall 2012 release via Steam, but a console release hasn't been ruled-out. The Unreal Engine 3 makes a port feasible and the developer has interest, so keep your fingers crossed.

Photo Gallery: (6 images)
Click to zoom - browse by swipe, or use arrow keys



Allistair Pinsof,
 Follow Blog + disclosure DtoidAllistair

This blog submitted to our editor via our Community Blogs, and then it made it to the home page! You can follow community members and vote up their blogs - support each other so we can promote a more diverse and deep content mix on our home page.





 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

destructoid's previous coverage:
Rise of the Triad


  Jun 25

Newest Rise of the Triad dev diary is all about the music

Game composer Lee Jackson returns to assist with RoT's soundtrack


  May 29

Here's your Rise Of The Triad reboot specs

Iconic cover art is also being rebooted


  Mar 24

PAX: Rise of the Triad is true to the source

If you're itching for an arena shooter, this is it


View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:



Please contact Crave Online, thanks!


Conquest of Elysium 4 - Review

The PlayStation Vita: Twice as Bright

Video Gaming Bits -- Magical Date: Doki Doki Kokuhaku Daisakusen

Cheat Codes Ep. 83: Shut Up

Comments of the Week - Love Love Love

Sonic Generations Mod Retrospective 2 - COLORS

The meaning of The Witness (Part 2 of 3)

Venture into the Borderlands - Epilogue

Pokémon X Review - Fairy Enough

Kitten Bowl x Puppy Bowl Stream Starts NOW!

 Add your impressions

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
Gore Magala set complete! That only took like 15 or 16 tries!
Gamemaniac3434 avatarGamemaniac3434
AT LAST, THE FOUL SEEDS OF RAGE BORN FROM THE WITHERED PLANT OF LOVE BREAK THROUGH THE EARTHS CRUST TO GIVE RISE TO A HARVEST OF RAGE. A NEW BLOG WILL BE THE GRAIN AND THE BREAD, TO FEED THE GNAWING HUNGER OF HATRED ALL VITA LOVERS HARBOR.
KnickKnackMyWack avatarKnickKnackMyWack
I'm glad that the Amiibo stock situation got much better. Because Hasbro sure as hell didn't get the memo with their Marvel Legends figures. These two seem more elusive than a western Lucina Amiibo!
taterchimp avatartaterchimp
Yay, finally beat the Necrodancer!
Jinx 01 avatarJinx 01
The next time you're getting riled up about game news, politics, drama, etc. just step back and be like The Dude.
The Dyslexic Laywer avatarThe Dyslexic Laywer
So #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan ?
Gundy avatarGundy
*Neps Internally*
SeymourDuncan17 avatarSeymourDuncan17
Seeing as how SMT is nowhere near as massively popular as Pokemon, this probably won't become a thing. Still, I'm curious about whoever's favorite demon/persona. Mine's probably Trumpeter! Without 'em, I would've never aced P4G on Very Hard.
CoilWhine avatarCoilWhine
Playing Tearaway Unfolded without glasses on makes it looks even prettier, gives it a glossy papercraft or almost dreamlike feel to it.
Parismio avatarParismio
eating cold pizza RN. i would warm it up but eeeeeeeeeehhhhh.
Kieronpowell14 avatarKieronpowell14
Just some Marvel stuff
EAPidgeon avatarEAPidgeon
Have a good one everyone. May you enjoy bountiful carbs and fats this Super Bowl Day.
Heat avatarHeat
someone asked me what i am going to do on my vacations... "playing like 6 hours of XCOM 2 daily, then some Diablo 3. Later, Darkest Dungeon and some beers, and to end the night, i'll watch some anime and eat instant noodles" "Perfect"
The Dyslexic Laywer avatarThe Dyslexic Laywer
I've beaten the Gaping Dragon and finally got the key to Blight town, whats the first thing I immediately did when I got there? Fall right into a endless pit and died.
Bardley avatarBardley
I scanned some pages from issues of Nintendo Power from the early 90's and saw this back cover ad. I thought it would be appropriate to post today. Who's everyone rooting for tonight?
Amna Umen avatarAmna Umen
Came home pissed off for some reason, hopped on Rocket League and played the best games of my life. New tactic!
ScionVyse avatarScionVyse
10 hours into the Witness, I've solved 350 puzzles, and activated 8 lasers. So, that's about 35 puzzles an hour, I think that's a pretty good pace. I have no idea how many more puzzles there are, but I think I'll be getting towards the first ending soon.
Dreamweaver avatarDreamweaver
Shoot, I have made the awful mistake of watching 50 First Dates while doing Comments of the Week. The comedy in the beginning gave me energy, but all of the sad drama is making me cry and it's hard to see through all the tears. WHY YOU DO THIS TO ME!? 8^8
Zatsune avatarZatsune
I'm eating EDO's rn. Leftovers. Yum. 🍱🍣🍜🍲
ikiryou avatarikiryou
Kotobukiya's making a Xenoblade Chronicles X Formula skell model that looks great but I'd rather have a Lailah model. And I would name it Tharja just like my Lailah in the game.
more quickposts


Contest!


Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -