Duke Nukem Developer Goes Bust

Technology.am (May 7, 2009) — Video game developer 3D Realms has closed down due to lack of funds.

duke-nukemThis company was founded in 1987, after that the firm popularised the concept of shareware gaming and published 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.

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.

“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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