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Duke Nukem Forever in Limbo as 3D Realms Shuts Down

Category: Gaming
Posted: 09:11AM

Ask any gamer for an example of "vaporware" and most of the time their immediate answer will be Duke Nukem Forever. Vaporware is the term used to describe software that is announced (and often hyped) and then never sees the light of day for years after its originally scheduled release date, if ever. Duke Nukem Forever is the prime example, as it was announced (and hyped) way back in 1996 after the tremendous success of Duke Nukem 3D. Duke Nukem Forever was scheduled to be released in 1998, but it's now 2009 and it's still "in development." In 2007, new screenshots were released along with a teaser trailer, thus causing many people to finally believe that the game may actually come out sometime in the near future. Alas, Duke Nukem fans may have to wait a bit longer.

Yesterday, Shacknews broke the news that Duke Nukem Forever developer 3D Realms has shut down, along with Apogee Software. The studios shut down due to funding issues and employees for both companies have apparently already been let go. 3D Realms webmaster Joe Siegler confirmed the news. On the bright side, the closure doesn't mean the end of Duke Nukem Forever. Publisher Take-Two retains the publishing rights to Duke Nukem Forever, so the company could seek another studio to develop the game. Take-Two VP of communications Alan Lewis also stated that its relationship with 3D Realms was strictly a publishing arrangement and did not include ongoing funds for development of the title, which helps to explain the 3D Realms situation.

So Duke Nukem Forever remains vaporware for the foreseeable future. It's no wonder that Wired News awarded Duke Nukem Forever its Vaporware Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.

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slick2500 on May 7, 2009 02:13PM
This makes me sad, I have been looking forward to this game since I was in middle school.
Andrewr05 on May 7, 2009 05:12PM
They made so may awesome games, it is too bad they (as a team) had to close. --------> I'm willing to be that some of them will form another company or join other existing companies though...
slick2500 on May 7, 2009 07:37PM
I wonder if they will give out rebated to the suckers that preordered this game?
ClayMeow on May 8, 2009 06:22AM
Someone posted a pic of a GameStop pre-order receipt for the game from back in 1996. lol
greengiant912 on May 11, 2009 10:35AM
LOL!!!! I wonder if they can get their money back hehe.

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