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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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RE: Crazy story about 3DR...
By callmeroy on 5/7/2009 3:32:35 PM , Rating: 3
The whole "story" on DNF is text book on how you do NOT run a game company or really you can take it out of the game industry and make it an example of horrid project management skills.

Completely pathetic all those years and nothing ..... I loved and played Duke 'Em when it originally came out and for the first couple years I believed in DNF --- but its been about 8 years now since I honestly though it would ever move out of vaporware status.

This is no surprise to me --- the article did however remind me how pathetic that game's development and management teams must have been -- to think they tell friends and family at social gatherings they are "professionals" to..pathetic...

RE: Crazy story about 3DR...
By tonjohn on 5/7/2009 5:07:14 PM , Rating: 2
Whoops - I forgot the actual crazy story. This is a must read:

RE: Crazy story about 3DR...
By Digimonkey on 5/7/2009 7:06:17 PM , Rating: 2
It's fake, even the author doesn't deny that.

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