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    Well it finally happened:

    3D Realms to be closed Written by David Stellmack Thursday, 07 May 2009 06:16


    New Duke Nukem finally is never-ware

    In a surprise turn of events, Duke Nukem developer 3D Realms will be closing their doors for the final time at the end of this week. This news is now being confirmed by our sources as well as several industry insiders.

    The news now seems to finally move the Duke Nukem Forever title from vapor-ware to never-ware. While we can’t actually confirm that the next chapter in the Duke Nukem saga will never be released, we believe with 3D Realms closing it is now more unlikely than ever that the title will never see the light of day.

    In many ways the fact that the Duke Nukem Forever saga will finally end will bring to a close one of the longest running delays that has ever been seen in the gaming software business. The Forever sequel was originally announced back in 1997 and the continued promises as well as the delays have been the butt of industry punch lines for years.

    In recent years more details started to come to light, as well as screen shots that seemed to actually indicate that work was being done on the title; and at least a ray of hope for a possible release was on the horizon. While it is possible that the rights and development assets could find their way to another developer to actually finish Duke Nukem Forever, at this time we have to think that it could actually reemerge at some point; however, this would likely be as the result of being sold as an asset to someone else and with a new team at the helm.

    Some details are still sketchy, including just how many developers will be affected by the closure, and remain at least for the moment up in the air. From our understanding at least some development will continue by third party developers that were licensed for Duke Nukem titles that are in development for the Nintendo DS as well as the PSP. We expect to hear more before the end of the week, but the news certainly ends an era.
    Hey svartalf, make them an offer for the DN4Ever code. Might get it pretty cheap. Don't bother trying to access their website though, it's already dead.
    Last edited by deanjo; 05-07-2009, 06:24 AM.

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    someone code a java app for an online funeral and get 1 hell of a server to put it on.

    The gaming world is gunna be rocked (assuming this is real).

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    • #3
      I'll stick it in the same pile as UT3 and NWN2

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      • #4
        Originally posted by djack View Post
        I'll stick it in the same pile as UT3 and NWN2
        Both those games however made it out, they were published and sold.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by deanjo View Post
          Well it finally happened:

          Hey svartalf, make them an offer for the DN4Ever code. Might get it pretty cheap. Don't bother trying to access their website though, it's already dead.
          Heheheheheh... One wonders just what they have. Word was they'd hired on a handful of level designers to actually bring the game to completion for release sometime this year. With the publishing rights still solidly in 2K's hands, I would say that it's a hot-potato that few would want. (Besides, who'd want the seminal vaporware title anyhow... )

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          • #6
            Wouldn't it actually make a nice surprise to the gaming crowd to see DNF actually released, and hold for it.. as a linux exclusive!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by curaga View Post
              Wouldn't it actually make a nice surprise to the gaming crowd to see DNF actually released, and hold for it.. as a linux exclusive!
              Oh hell yes.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Svartalf View Post
                Heheheheheh... One wonders just what they have. Word was they'd hired on a handful of level designers to actually bring the game to completion for release sometime this year. With the publishing rights still solidly in 2K's hands, I would say that it's a hot-potato that few would want. (Besides, who'd want the seminal vaporware title anyhow... )
                WEll, it could have some sort of weirdness circus appeal.

                But, does this mean all the Apogee games are now free and up for grabs???

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                • #9
                  Oh noes! Whats gonna happen with perl6 now?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by curaga View Post
                    Wouldn't it actually make a nice surprise to the gaming crowd to see DNF actually released, and hold for it.. as a linux exclusive!
                    or make it a linux game and release the windows installer 2 months later

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by L33F3R View Post
                      or make it a linux game and release the windows installer 2 months later
                      Correction "years"
                      Then state it's stuck in legal!!!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by L33F3R
                        or make it a linux game and release the windows installer 2 months later
                        2 months later only? hell no i would make for 12 or more months and would say "well didn't have money to buy M$ OS, sorry!"

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                        • #13
                          Even better, let the 2-years-late windows version to be the linux one, just with a Linux emulator. Then say it was necessary, because this is a Linux game, and Windows is not a gaming os.

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                          • #14
                            Felt sad for a moment and then the feeling went away...

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                            • #15
                              lol, no wonder why Take 2 refused to buy Duke's IP or offer funding for it. They are going to end up getting it for nothing.

                              Take-Two sues over Duke Forever non-completion
                              by Cyril Kowaliski — 6:00 AM on May 15, 2009
                              Things are just going from bad to worse for 3D Realms and its former staffers. After shutting down last week because of insufficient funding, the former games studio is now the subject of a lawsuit by would-be Duke Nukem Forever publisher Take-Two Interactive. As Shacknews reports, Take-Two claims 3D Realms has breached a contract by failing to deliver the game:
                              "Apogee [a.k.a. 3D Realms] continually delayed the completion date for the Duke Nukem Forever," says Take-Two in the complaint, according to Bloomberg. "Apogee repeatedly assured Take-Two and the video-gaming community that it was diligently working toward competing development of the PC Version of the Duke Nukem Forever." According to Take-Two, the company paid $12 million to 3D Realms for the publishing rights to Duke Nukem Forever in 2000. A second, unspecified agreement was struck between the two companies in 2007.
                              While 3D Realms no longer exists, Shacknews points out that a publishing spin-off dubbed Apogee Software, LLC (not to be confused with Apogee Software, Ltd, which was 3D Realms' legal name) remains in operation. Apogee LLC got tongues wagging last week by promising an imminent Duke Nukem-related announcement, but as it turned out, that announcement had nothing to do with Duke Forever. In any case, Take-Two might not want to count on a multi-million-dollar settlement.

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