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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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By Souka on 5/7/2009 2:51:05 PM , Rating: 5
Now I can't send out my yearly April 1st joke to all my friends that Duke has been released!

RE: Dang...
By Bateluer on 5/7/2009 3:08:03 PM , Rating: 2
Shoot, this kills a lot of April Fools jokes.

RE: Dang...
By UNHchabo on 5/7/2009 3:15:55 PM , Rating: 5
Don't worry, you can either announce that they've released the code under an open source license, or you can announce that the code's been acquired by another company!

"id Software Announces Duke Nukem Forever To Be Released on Steam" -- now there's a headline!

RE: Dang...
By codeThug on 5/7/2009 5:31:48 PM , Rating: 3
yeah.... yeah....

No need to panic yet. Stay positive.

Maybe somebody else will pick it up. Somebody has too. You know it'll make money.

<put's .357 revolver back in drawer>

What if DNF just get's buried and nothing happens?


<gets .357 revolver back out of drawer>

RE: Dang...
By inighthawki on 5/7/2009 4:54:05 PM , Rating: 2
You mean your friends would seriously believe that anyway?

RE: Dang...
By DragonFire on 5/7/2009 4:59:06 PM , Rating: 3
The biggest problem for them, They switched game engines at least twice.... I believe it started out with the quake 1/2 engine and they later switched over to the Unreal one....

Their problem was they were trying to make DN4 the greatest game of all time but I.D software and Epic kept coming out with better engines. They just couldn't keep up....

RE: Dang...
By inighthawki on 5/7/2009 8:52:09 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps in their situation it would have turned out better to create their own engine, maybe one that is expendable with new features. Probably would've shaved off some years of the development time.

RE: Dang...
By SlyNine on 5/8/2009 2:07:05 AM , Rating: 3
Or just have built it on the Crysis engine. Since it'll be 10 years before people can run it on max.

RE: Dang...
By SlyNine on 5/8/2009 2:08:16 AM , Rating: 2
Oh Sorry, CryEngine 2.

RE: Dang...
By safcman84 on 5/8/2009 3:44:06 AM , Rating: 2
Oh Sorry, CryEngine 2.

Nope, wrong again. CryEngine 3.

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