Alien Breed 3D is the fourth game in Team17's Alien Breed franchise, a series of science-fiction-themed shooters largely inspired by the Alien films. It was published in 1995 by Ocean Software, and it is the first 3D game in the series. This is also notable for being the first game that Team17 did not self-publish. Team17 made the source code for AB3D freely available in March 1997. They released the source code to AB3D's sequel, Alien Breed 3D II: The Killing Grounds, on the cover CD of Amiga Format magazine issue 95, and although not mentioned in the accompanying magazine, the source code to AB3D was also included on the CD.