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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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Internet IPO
By InternetGeek on 5/7/2009 2:59:04 PM , Rating: 2
They should have issued stock or bonds through the internet. I'm sure they could have raised enough money (and more) for at least 5 more parts of the game, a MMoRPG version... and even a board game, a strategy one plus a TV-series and 2 movies...

RE: Internet IPO
By Smilin on 5/7/2009 4:46:31 PM , Rating: 5
You think people love Duke so much that they would give these incompetent nutbags investment money?

Given their record would you invest in them?

No, the way you get investment money for the next part of the game is to complete then sell the first part.

RE: Internet IPO
By LRonaldHubbs on 5/7/2009 5:08:34 PM , Rating: 4
You think people love Duke so much that they would give these incompetent nutbags investment money?


RE: Internet IPO
By Digimonkey on 5/7/2009 7:12:34 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think those that would've bought in would've cared about a return in their investment, other than the game being released. I think you underestimate the fanatical stance of most of the fans.

RE: Internet IPO
By Smilin on 5/8/2009 1:07:16 PM , Rating: 3
Hm perhaps I don't :(

I guess my excitement about the game faded years ago when I realized these guys were incompetent.

I kind of expected Duke to be released, have a rush of hardcore fans buy it, get terrible reviews, then ultimately bomb out like Diakatana

RE: Internet IPO
By Spoelie on 5/10/2009 4:49:10 PM , Rating: 2
Incompetent no, mismanaged yes

I mean, the 2001 trailer is still amazing. Graphically outdated maybe, but man I'd love to play that version of the game even today.

RE: Internet IPO
By yxalitis on 5/11/2009 10:16:32 PM , Rating: 2
...except that the 2001 trailer was a total fake...

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