While 3D Realms has made games other than Duke Nukem (such as the first-person shooter “Prey”) and while they were once the recently resurrected Apogee (“Commander Keen”! “Rise of the Traid”!), they are definitely most known for having been developing “Duke Nukem Forever” for, oh, about 13 years now.
However, the Texas-based developer may have shut down its doors, if recent reports are to be believed.
This comes on the heels of 3D Realms co-founder swearing up and down that “Duke Nukem Forever” was getting ever nearer to release (take that as you will).
Publisher Take-Two, who has the rights to publish the game should it ever be released, issued a statement not long ago:
“It is the Company’s policy to not comment on its contractual relationships, nor do we comment on rumors and speculation. That said, 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.” – Alan Lewis, Vice President of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs for Take-Two.
So if 3D Realms is indeed all out of bubblegum, one has to wonder if Duke Nukem will find a new home, in which case Take-Two will apparently still publish the title.
Apogee also issued a statement saying that they were unaffected by “the issue at 3D Realms,” and they will continue developing “Duke Nukem Trilogy” for the DS and PSP, of which not much is known.