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It took so long because its original but it'll make millions in first two days says 3DRealms

By now, almost every gamer has heard about Duke Nukem Forever (DNF), a title that was herald as the next great first person shooter. The game was suppose to be released back in the 90's and was suppose to be the hot successor to Duke Nukem 3D -- a game that became a classic in its own right. DNF arguably had a lot to live up to. Duke 3D had become a pop culture icon, with the protagonist throwing out memorable lines during a fire fight and the game itself delivering a unique style of game play.

It's now eight years later and with an investment of nearly $8M USD, DNF is still not finished -- but it's almost done, says Scott Miller, CEO of 3D Realms. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Miller explains that his company focuses on original IP, or intellectual property. This is to say that 3D Realms develops only original game ideas and game content. The company does not take ideas out of movies, or any other type of source to develop their games. We won't be seeing a Spiderman game, an X-Men game, a Matrix game, or any sort of Hollywood rip-off here; just original creativity says Miller, and this is why it's taking DNF so long to be released.   When asked by THR if a game should take as long as DNF took to complete, Miller responded "It shouldn't. And I'm dumbfounded myself. A huge part of the problem is that it's really hard hiring good developers to come to Dallas. This place used to be a hotbed of game development. But, nowadays, people seem to want to go to Austin instead. Plus we have this reputation now -- that our games don't ever come out, so ... "

Miller also speaks about 3D Realm's other greatly anticipated game, Prey. The game is another 3D first person shooter but is much further along in its release schedule than DNF. In fact, Miller says that Prey was under development for nearly 4.5 years. According to 3D Realms, Prey will be available for both the XBOX 360 and the PC.

Update 05/12/2006: The title and summary have been corrected to better reflect Miller's statements.

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By secretanchitman on 5/13/2006 4:13:32 PM , Rating: 2
wow i cant believe it! its ACTUALLY coming out soon!

RE: amazing!
By GonzoDaGr8 on 5/13/2006 4:14:51 PM , Rating: 2
Lol.. This is gonna be a good thread to read.....

RE: amazing!
By Exodus220 on 5/13/2006 4:16:51 PM , Rating: 4
I don't know what your definition of soon is, but I still don't see a release date yet. But sure soon could be used because I have heard the end of the world is coming soon too, so we will just have to see which comes first.

RE: amazing!
By PT2006 on 5/13/2006 4:21:18 PM , Rating: 4
It was always my prediction that DNF would line up with the return of planet X, the end of the Mayan calendar, the Tempest, Y2K, martian or lunar landings, the return of Xenu, or Chulthu's first sign.

I just didn't say which one.

RE: amazing!
By clementlim on 5/13/2006 9:35:09 PM , Rating: 2
Woot! I will be able to play it once Windows 2020 comes out with GeForce M20 series...I have waited for so long, so a couple of decades wouldn't hurt...

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