3D Realms Closing – The Duke Is Dead. Long Live The Duke.
With rumors circulating around the web the past 24 hours regarding Duke Nukem Forever developer 3D Realms shutting down, the guys over at
“Deep Silver and Apogee Software are not affected by the situation at 3D Realms,” a representative for the companies told us. “Development on the Duke Nukem Trilogy is continuing as planned.”
It appears that, quite simply, money ran out for development of Duke Nukem Forever. For a project that has been ongoing for over a decade, it is not surprising to see money woes becoming the falling hammer.
For the employees over at 3D Realms, I really feel for them right now (as I know first hand what it is like to be unemployed during a recession). While it was fun to poke humor at them whilst employed, not so much now (“beating a dead horse” comes to mind). I can only imagine the ego bruising George Broussard must be having right now (we still love you, George!). There is still a small glimmer of hope that the project could be resurrected down the road. After all, “forever” is such a strong word (and Duke could kick its ass still).
Rest assured, the Duke Nukem legacy is anything but dead. But it certainly seems that the Duke Nukem Forever game is, for all practical purposes, deceased.