Rumour: Duke Nukem Never – 3D Realms Shut Down?

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As most of you know, 3D Realms has been working on the fourth installment of the Duke Nukem series, ironically titled Forever, for a massive 13 years now. The scary thing is that I remember the day that 3D Realms announced that they were going to be moving over from the Quake 2 Engine to the, at that stage, brand spanking new Unreal Engine.

Well, here comes some news that, if proven true, will be a big shame indeed. Shacknews is reporting that “a very reliable source” has confirmed that 3D Realms has been shut down.

More after the jump.

According to the source, it was due to a funding problem and employees have already been let go. If this is true then Duke Nukem Forever may very well never see the light of day.

With so much time spent on the game though, and some leaked footage of it late last year, I am sure that there must be enough finished code there to tempt another company into buying the license up and finishing the game off themselves.

Let’s not forget that this is a rumour though, and nothing has been confirmed, so let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope that after 13 years, the game still gets to see the light of day.

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Source: Shacknews

[Lazy Update: This rumour is pretty much confirmed now with the majority of the gaming industry reporting on it. From what I can see 3D Realms is no more but Apogee is still going which means that The Duke is still coming to a PSP and iPhone near you later this year. Duke Nukem Forever mind you may never return]

Last Updated: May 7, 2009

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since ’08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

  • Herbman82

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

  • Chainedfly2002

    And so, Duke Nukem Forever, is now gone… forever… :cwy: :cwy: :cwy: :cwy:

    let’s hope someone picks up the game

  • Banana Hammock

    Not surprised, but i am disappointed 🙁

    @Chain, is someone picks it up it’s a sure bet they’ll rush it to completion and it will suck badly.

  • Im glad,and the joke is on them.This game was always vaporware to the gaming community anyway

  • WitWolfyZA

    Never was a Duke Nukem fan anyways. that will explain why they never really revealed the process of the game aswell. 13 years HA! they had to be constantly changing engines just to keep up

  • Shodan

    I remembered when Duke 3D came out , played it for a while then got Quake 1. Deleted Duke 3D and never looked back :ninja:

  • spl0it

    Its all just clever marketing The Duke lives, I have this from a very unreliable source :ninja:

  • Who cares about the duke? No 3d realms means no Prey 2!

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