Friday, May 8, 2009

3D Realms Goes Bust

Some sad news has come out lately in the gaming industry. Famous developer 3D Realms has been shut down on May 6 due to lack of funding, just like that. You may recall them as the creators of Duke Nukem 3D, one of the most iconic first person shooters in recent history. It was a great game too. Be sure to buy it on Xbox Live, it even includes four player co-op.

You may recall they were working on a certain game known as Duke Nukem Forever (AKA Duke Nukem 4), the proper sequel to Duke Nukem 3D (not those crappy third person imitations on PSone). It's been a popular game to joke about, due to the game being in development for the last 12 years! In that time, only a few screenshots have been released. Makes you wonder what they were doing all those years...

I remember seeing posters advertising the game in stores years ago, only to disappear soon thereafter. Yet through it all, I still naively believed the game would be released and I thought 2009 would be the year. Instead, it turned out to be the death of the game, with publisher Take 2 stating they still hold the publishing rights for Duke Nukem Forever, but are not funding the game.

A victim of the Global Financial Crisis? Possibly, although I think the lack of any progress in 12 years was the real corporate. A massive shame. Goodbye Duke, I'll miss your cheesy lines and cool weapons.

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