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If you've been waiting for Duke Nukem Forever, and still had faith in the project, this news will sadden you

After numerous delays and years of hype in the gaming community, it looks like 3D Realms will never release Duke Nukem Forever, as the game studio has run out of money and will close its doors.

"We can confirm that our relationship with 3D Realms for Duke Nukem Forever was a publishing arrangement, which did not include ongoing funds for development of the title," explained publisher Take-Two.

Duke Nukem Forever has been in development for more than 12 years and was a follow-up to the popular 3D video game released by 3D Realms in 1996.  The studio's games were popular more than a decade ago, but simply couldn't match game studio development in the 21st century, according to video game industry analysts.

The studio also worked on Commander Keen and Major Stryker, which were popular but never reached the same level as Duke Nukem and Wolfenstein 3D.

Take-Two and other studios involved in the project noted that the game may not be fully dead, but after such a long delay in development, it's highly unlikely the game will ever hit store shelves.

"Development of the Duke Nukem Trilogy is continuing as planned and further announcements about upcoming games will be made in the near future," according to a statement issued by Apogee Software.

News of the studio's closure is especially ironic as 3D Realms recently celebrated the 17th anniversary of its release of Wolfenstein 3D, which first hit the market in 1992.

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day old news but
By jay401 on 5/7/2009 2:28:34 PM , Rating: 5
Completely expected given the 13-year development cycle. What a joke.

RE: day old news but
By mmntech on 5/7/2009 2:49:34 PM , Rating: 2
That's what I thought. I doubt anybody was surprised by this. It's really bad news for Polyphony though. 12+ years of vapourware is going to be a tough record for Gran Turismo PSP to beat. lol

RE: day old news but
By xti on 5/7/2009 3:45:59 PM , Rating: 3
lol - i almost embarrassed to say this, but i thought DNF actually coming out was an ongoing joke... i thought for sure they stopped the project/development a long time ago.

i it is an ongoing joke when someone says 'when DNF comes out'.

RE: day old news but
By Inkjammer on 5/7/2009 4:03:27 PM , Rating: 2
The last game they developed was Shadow Warrior, almost twelve years ago. Can't say this is unexpected. The only two other games I can recall they dabbled in was Prey (dev'd by Human Head) and Max Payne (dev'd by Remedy), and even that was only as producers.

I can't imagine any company surviving ten years without putting anything out there. :| I seriously wonder why they didn't put out anything else in the mean time. Seriously, they at least could have put Duke Nukem: Manhatten Project on Xbox live. That would have been PERFECT for it, and would have at LEAST been some sort of revenue stream for them.

Sadly, even Manhatten Project wasn't developed by 3D Realms. :|

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