3D Realms Shuts Down


Original story: A very reliable source close to Duke Nukem Forever developer 3D Realms today confirmed to Shacknews that the development studio has shut down.

The closure came about as a result of funding issues, our source explained, with the shut down said to affect both 3D Realms and the recently resurrected Apogee. Employees of both entities have already been let go.

Phone calls and e-mails to various 3D Realms veterans have thus far gone unanswered, with 3D Realms publishing partner Take-Two and Apogee partner Deep Silver likewise unavailable for comment. One 3D Realms spokesperson declined to comment when reached.

3D Realms was founded in 1987 by Scott Miller and George Broussard, and was best known for its Duke Nukem series of shooters starring the titular, bubblegum-lacking hero. The studio had infamously been working on Duke Nukem Forever, the next flagship franchise entry, for over 12 years.

A final push to release Duke Nukem Forever began in 2007, marked by a short teaser starring the in-game hero that was released late that year.

As recent as January 2009, company steward George Broussard wrote on his Twitter feed that he was visiting Take-Two to show off the title.

Update: Apogee Software and Deep Silver have issued a statement to Shacknews, confirming that the situation at 3D Realms has not affected the development of Frontline Games’ upcoming handheld Duke Nukem Trilogy.

“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.”

Update 2: Duke Nukem Forever publisher Take-Two has confirmed to Shacknews that it was not funding development of the 3D Realms project.

“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 VP of communications Alan Lewis in a prepared statement.

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

Awwww. That’s sad.

I still held hope that DNF would come out for the past three years on G4. :sad;


[quote=“Andrex”]I still held hope that DNF would come out for the past three years on G4. :sad;

Daw. :S I got a “No Thread specified” sign.


Sad but like FASA I’m wondering what was taking them so long on a single project >_>

It was gonna be the best game ever that’s what. D:

Srsly Duke 3D is probably the most fun FPS I’ve ever played. <3


I never really cared for Duke Nukem, but that’s sad.

I dont remember playing Duke Nukem but I heard of the company many times. I hate that companies are/have closed. To me its like each one could have a comeback but the recession/bankruptcy ended it.

The longer they wait the more self conscious they feel about showing it. It sucks :frowning:

Duke’s dead