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Posts Tagged ‘Duke Nukem Forever’

How the World has Changed Since Duke Nukem Forever was Announced in 1997

 

Tomorrow is a huge day for anyone waiting for Duke Nukem Forever, especially if they’ve been waiting since it was announced back on April 28, 1997.

By the time the game arrives, it will have been 14 years, 1 month and 17 days since it was confirmed, or even you can even say 445,824,000 seconds, if you want to make it sound like it was a shorter wait.

A lot has changed in the world since 3D Realms had made the infamous revealing of Duke Nukem Forever, and after the jump, we put some facts together as to what has. (more…)

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Gearbox to have Surprises at PAX

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Gearbox Software has confirmed that they will be hosting their own panel during the gaming convention PAX, in Seattle. If attendees read the PAX schedule, they’ll find that Gearbox is ready to unveil some new surprises.

Jump in for juicy exclusives, surprising disclosures, unbelievable scoops and behind the scenes access on what Gearbox is up to – straight from the source,” reads the description on the PAX schedule. “Have a first hand look at live presentations and never before seen footage of upcoming Gearbox releases!

One of the biggest surprise hits in gaming this year had to be Gearbox’s Borderlands. The studio has revealed that they plan to release new content for the first-person-shooter/RPG. It’s also been known that Aliens: Colonial Marines, based on the Aliens film franchise, is being developed by Gearbox as we speak. So I’m assuming some of these announcements, along with footage will be addressed. However, there have been numerous rumors about the company working on a possible Duke Nukem title, and some have speculated that they’re finishing up the long awaited Duke Nukem Forever.

While I doubt they’re finishing up Forever, I certainly think they have been working on a Duke Nukem game. About two years ago, we were the first to report that Gearbox was indeed working on some kind of Duke Nukem game. At the same time, websites were speculating that the studio was secretly working on a Halo title, which we now know is false. But our source — who was inside Gearbox — said they were indeed working on a Duke Nukem title.

Could we finally see a new Duke Nukem title announced during PAX? God I hope so…

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Duke Nukem “D-Day” Image Emerges

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The official Facebook page for Duke Nukem has been updated with one picture. The caption for the image simply reads “D-Day,” with no other information on why or what the screenshot represents. Could this be a completely new Duke Nukem that is on the horizon, or is this an image from the now defunct Duke Nukem: Forever game? Nobody seems to have an answer.

If you analyzes the picture, you’ll notice it somewhat looks like a scene from the leaked footage of Forever showing Duke battling a monster/robot in a football stadium, which was first seen back in May. Although, most of that footage was definitely a callback to the original games.

Hopefully more information on what this ‘D-Day’ image actually means is forthcoming.

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We Told You So: Gearbox Was Working on a Duke Nukem Game

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Last year, we ran an exclusive story about how Gearbox was working on a Duke Nukem game. Thanks to some court documents, which shacknews uncovered, Gearbox was indeed working a brand new Duke Nukem title, called “Duke Begins.” The studio was named by Take-Two‘s counterclaim for the pending lawsuit against 3D Realms.

As of now, Take-Two has announced that Duke Begins has not been cancelled, but “has for the time being been halted.” Basically, the shooter is in limbo and if the lawsuit isn’t straighten out soon — than most likely it will be dropped.

Originally, Duke Begins was scheduled for release sometime in mid-2010, however, if it ever sees the light of day — chances are it will be much later.

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Official 3D Realms Statement: “3D Realms Has Not Closed”

According to the remaining executives over at 3D Realms, they are insisting that their studio is not closing, but regrouping and becoming a “much smaller studio“. It was reported by pretty much every video game blog/website that the company, which was founded in 1987 was shutting its doors for good because Take-Two was no longer funding the studio.

Despite rumors and statements to the contrary, 3D Realms (3DR) has not closed and is not closing,” read in a statement. “3DR retains ownership of the Duke Nukem franchise. Due to lack of funding, however, we are saddened to confirm that we let the Duke Nukem Forever (DNF) development team go on May 6th, while we regroup as a company. While 3DR is a much smaller studio now, we will continue to operate as a company and continue to license and co-create games based upon the Duke Nukem franchise.”

Last week, Take-Two announced what they ‘thought’ was a defunct company owed the publisher money, which was reported as high as $12 million because of cash that was supposedly given to 3D Realms to complete the infamous Duke Nukem Forever. However, 3D Realms seems to disagree with Take-Two, and has responded to the lawsuit:

“Take-Two never paid 3DR advances or any signing bonus or any other funds related to DNF, up until July 2008, at which time they paid $2.5m in connection with another agreement for an unannounced game,” it read. “This is the sum total Take-Two has paid 3DR in connection with DNF.”

Just last week, 3D Realms all but confirmed that the studio was closing because of a post on their website. The post had a picture (above) of the employees of the studio and up top read “goodbye”, and a quick snippet was written suggesting that 3D Realms had indeed closed forever: “Thanks for being fans and for all your support.”

source: Shacknews

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3D Realms Team Says Thank You to Its Fans

If you head over to the official 3D Realms website, the first thing you will notice is the same picture above. Directly below the photo it reads, “Thanks for being fans and for all your support.”

If you don’t know already, the 22 year-old studio had just recently closed its doors for good. The disappointing news came about when Take-Two had decided to no longer fund the team behind Duke Nukem Forever, leaving the long overdue game in jeopardy for the time being.

Seeing the picture above is a harsh reality that no company is safe, especially in a industry so young, and its still just trying to learn the ropes of a newly formed business. As the gaming industry continues to grow at an alarming rate, more surprise like this will come about. However, that is the nature of the beast.

I would just like to wish everyone good luck who worked for the legendary studio, and thank you for making memorable forms of entertainment. You will surly be missed.

After the jump, read each name who is in the photo above. (more…)

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Leaked Footage of Duke Nukem Forever

When we all heard the sad news that 3D Realms has shut down their doors for good, I had a feeling that we would finally see footage of Duke Nukem Forever, sooner rather than later. Well I was right because someone, most likely from the ex-studio, has leaked gameplay footage, as well as some early development stages of the game. Basically, after 12 years, we have our first ever Duke Nukem Forever video blowout. Hey — it’s better than nothing, right? :(

If this video was somehow released last week, everyone would have been abuzz. Now, since the closure of the company, which was founded in 1987, it is a somber moment.

Oddly enough, the game looked liked it was shaping up to be a decent title and if anything, feature mindless entertainment. Which wasn’t that the point of the original games?

Anyway, check out the video up top and ponder at what could have been. We should also warn you that their is a brief shot of a naked chick, so it’s NSFW.

On a side note, the game looked like it was somewhat far along in the development process. If that is the case, we have a better chance of maybe seeing another company picking up the rights. And if we are lucky, maybe one day they will actually release it.

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LOL: Time to Get Your Money Back

Slash000 over at the fan dictated website for Duke Nukem Forever called duke.a-13, has shown something that has been in his possession since August 13, 2001. The gamer went into his local Gamestop, put $10 down to reserve Duke Nukem Forever for the PC and still has his receipt to prove it.

Back than, if you were to pre-order a game back then at the gaming retailer it was 10 bucks, rather than todays $5 reserve. It was that long go.

Way back when, I was one of those employees who worked for Gamestop, and I had my fair share of customers who pre-ordered the same game. Some even, ordered it before 2001.

I wonder? Do they still have their receipt? And if they do, I hope the company can still reimburse them considering 3D Realms is now gone.

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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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Duke Nukem Forever is 90% Complete

Could this be really true? According to the creator of the Duke Nukem George Broussard, Duke Nukem Forever is 90% complete. Broussard talked about the accomplishment on his twitter.

“Closing out a milestone this week. 71 more tasks to do and we started with probably 800-900. Been a good push. Next one starts Monday.”

If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know, Duke Nukem Forever was announced over 10 years ago on April of 1997, by 3DRealms. To put this into perspective: Zelda: Ocarina of Time wasn’t released on the N64, Bill Clinton was President, the iPod didn’t exist and super hot Hayden Panettiere looked like this. Yes, it was along time ago.

If it only took 12 years to get 90% done, then it should take another few years before we actually see it in stores — awesome. (more…)

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