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3D Realms Shuts Its Doors, Duke Nukem Forever in Jeopardy

Yesterday, the video game website Shacknews reported from a “reliable source” that the studio 3D Realms had shut down. The reason for the closer was because of funding concerns. Over the next few hours, more information started to leak including a statement from the webmaster Joe Siegler, for the official site of 3D Realms. “It’s not a marketing thing. It’s true. I have nothing further to say at this time,” Siegler said.

3D Realms is known for developing many shooters including Max Payne and their popular series Duke Nukem. In 1997, the company announced a sequel to the famous first-person shooter, called Duke Nukem Forever. Since that time, fans of the series have been waiting patently, as the team behind the game continually promised it would indeed come out….eventually.

Just last month George Broussard, the creator of Duke Nukem, wrote on his twitter about how a ‘milestone’ had been achieved in the development process for Duke Nukem Forever. Not only that, screenshots, video and even some gameplay has been released to the internet, giving fans hope that maybe soon they would see the 12 year-old announced shooter, in stores.

Sorry to say, as of now, those same fans who had hope, now could become crushed by a statement from Alan Lewis who is the VP of Communications from the publisher of Take-Two Interactive.

“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. In addition, Take-Two continues to retain the publishing rights to Duke Nukem Forever.”

This might sound like horrible news, but a few things could happen. First, Take-Two could hold the rights to the title and never release/finish it. Or, this one seems more likely, they could sell the rights and game to another publisher who would than be prepared to finish the job. However, the price would need to be right for both companies to agree on something like this example.

Even if the scenario does unfold, the chances of seeing most of the team who worked for 3D Realms back on the project is highly unlikely. And generally speaking, any game which was taken over by another studio mid-way through development, sadly, just doesn’t turn out well.

We’ll keep you updated when more news hits.

[Thanks to Seth]

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