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Duke Nukem developer goes bust

Post by gulliver » 08 May 2009 16:26

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8037688.stm

Veteran games developer 3D Realms has closed down because of a lack of funds.

Founded in 1987, the firm popularised the concept of shareware gaming and produced the seminal Duke Nukem and Wolfenstein 3D first-person shooters.

The company was working on a follow-up title, Duke Nukem Forever, which after being in development for 12 years has become the object of industry derision.

Publisher Take-Two says it will no longer fund development of the game but retains rights to the title.

"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," said Take-Two's Alan Lewis in a statement.

There has been no official comment from 3D Realms, other than a forum posting from the company's webmaster, Joe Siegler, who said: "It's not a marketing thing. It's true. I have nothing further to say at this time."

Other companies with links to 3D Realms or the Duke Nukem series were quick to distance themselves.


Duke Nukem Forever was the most aptly named title in the history of games
Guardian games writer Steve Boxer

In a posting on Twitter, Apogee Software said it was "officially not affected by the situation at 3DRealms".

"Development of the Duke Nukem Trilogy is continuing as planned and further announcements about upcoming games will be made in the near future," the statement added.

Guardian newspaper games writer Steve Boxer said it was astonishing 3D Realms had not finished the game after more than a decade of development.

"It would have been nice to see another Duke Nukem game, but given they had more than 12 years it's just incompetence of the highest order.

"3D Realms made some great games in the past, but they got overtaken by the 21st Century.

"Sadly, Duke Nukem Forever was the most aptly named title in the history of games. Now, it's just Duke Nukem Never."

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Re: Duke Nukem developer goes bust

Post by AngelBaby » 08 May 2009 18:23

So does this mean no sneak peek of Duke Nukem Forever at this year's E3? :unsure:

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Re: Duke Nukem developer goes bust

Post by Justin » 08 May 2009 19:52

DID NOT FINISH

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Re: Duke Nukem developer goes bust

Post by efilflah » 08 May 2009 19:53

What an Anti-Climax!

People didn't even get a chance to tear the game a new asshole on release (a la daikatana). Fans not having the game is bad enough, but taking away their chance to bash a half assed version is just mean.

They'll probably just sell the name to someone who can bang a new game out from scratch in 2 years on whatever the popular engine of the time is. Give it to GRIN, they seem to make average games every 5 minutes.

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Re: Duke Nukem developer goes bust

Post by gulliver » 09 May 2009 00:16

When I first got a sega master system back in the day, playing Golden Axe and getting pre-pubescent hard-ons to Tyris Flare, I dreamed about being a game programmer/producer.

Fuck these lazy bastards for wasting their talent..

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