View Full Version : 3D Realms apparently shut down.

05-14-2009, 12:37 AM
No Duke Nukem games, be it Forever or a different one, ever :(


Kalyx triaD
05-14-2009, 12:43 AM
Well, when you cocktease a game for a decade shit like this happens.

Kalyx triaD
05-14-2009, 12:43 AM
Would have loved to see a new Duke, though. His games are like a sleazy Motley Crue song.

05-14-2009, 12:49 AM
Would have loved to see a new Duke, though. His games are like a sleazy Motley Crue song.

There are all kinds of screenshots and info released on it, after the developers got canned. Turns out, Forever was like 98% done.

05-14-2009, 12:52 AM

Kalyx triaD
05-14-2009, 12:54 AM
Damn. Can another publisher/developer snag the code, at least?

05-16-2009, 11:36 PM
It's being reported that Take Two offered a "record" $30 million for the rights to Duke Nukem. So we might get the game after all.

05-16-2009, 11:39 PM
Yeah, honestly, no one is just going to let a 98% complted game with a decade's worth of hype, just sit there.

Thats retarded.

Kalyx triaD
05-17-2009, 03:48 AM
Take Two making a good move.

05-17-2009, 10:46 AM
It's now being reported that Take Two are sueing the creator of Duke Nukem

Citing breach of contract, publisher Take-Two Interactive is suing Duke Nukem Forever creator Apogee Software Ltd. over the game’s failed development, reports Bloomberg.

“Apogee continually delayed the completion date for the Duke Nukem Forever,” reads Take-Two’s complaint. “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 [sic].”

Take-Two said that 3D Realms has officially “terminated development of the game,” according to the report.

While the full extent of Take-Two’s damages claim is undisclosed, the company claims to have paid $12 million as part of an agreement made in 2000. The suit is scheduled to go in front of the New York State Supreme Court later this year.

Update: Shacknews has the court filing, which shows that Take-Two wants the Duke Nukem Forever source code to be preserved for the duration of the case.

Why would they want that? This is just our speculation, but when someone wins damages in a civil lawsuit that aren’t paid, they can be awarded assets instead. So if Take-Two wins its case and 3D Realms cannot pay the damages, it is possible that Take-Two could find itself owning Duke Nukem Forever.

Kalyx triaD
05-17-2009, 10:53 AM
Such a clusterfuck.

road doggy dogg
05-17-2009, 11:55 AM
I really don't think there is a more fitting end to the Duke Nukem Forever saga. I mean, if the game actually did end up being released, it would no longer be the running joke that it is. (look at Daikatana)

05-17-2009, 10:48 PM

05-17-2009, 11:56 PM
I assumed this story was fake since it didnt say anything on the 3D realms forums

05-18-2009, 12:09 AM
I think a lot of people thought it was a fake story or a way of generating more hype for the game but it's not.

http://www.3drealms.com/ says "Goodbye" with a big photo of the guys that worked there.

The Mackem
05-18-2009, 07:39 AM
It seems like one of these go out of business each week.

05-18-2009, 08:59 AM
As Video Game Forum moderator I'm surprised you don't do more to help them Mackem :(

The Mackem
05-18-2009, 10:34 AM
I can only do so much Ogen, I can't bail everybody out.

05-18-2009, 11:42 AM

#BROKEN Hasney
05-18-2009, 12:00 PM
Duke Nukem trilogy is still coming out for the DS. Although 3D Realms was an Apogee spin-off company, Apogee is still going strong, apparantly.

05-18-2009, 09:49 PM
3D Realms Release Pertaining to Recent Events Surrounding Duke Nukem Forever

Dallas, TX (May 18, 2009) - In light of recent press articles and statements by Take-Two (to the media and in a lawsuit), we want to set the record straight on some issues.

Despite rumors and statements to the contrary, 3D Realms (3DR) has not closed and is not closing. 3DR retains ownership of the Duke Nukem franchise. Due to lack of funding, however, we are saddened to confirm that we let the Duke Nukem Forever (DNF) development team go on May 6th, while we regroup as a company. While 3DR is a much smaller studio now, we will continue to operate as a company and continue to license and co-create games based upon the Duke Nukem franchise.

As some of you may know, Take-Two filed a lawsuit last week containing various accusations and claims against 3DR and the uncompleted DNF game. Take-Two never paid 3DR advances or any signing bonus or any other funds related to DNF, up until July 2008, at which time they paid $2.5m in connection with another agreement for an unannounced game. This is the sum total Take-Two has paid 3DR in connection with DNF. Take-Two claims that they paid $12m to GT Interactive/Infogrames to acquire the publishing rights for the DNF game. To be clear, 3DR was not a party to that transaction and did not receive any money from it. When the DNF game was originally signed with GT Interactive in 1998, GT paid 3DR a $400,000 signing bonus. Up until July 2008, this was the only publisher money we received for the DNF game. Meanwhile, 3DR put over $20m into the production of DNF.

Take-Two retains publishing rights for the DNF game, although 3DR retains certain rights to sell the game directly to the public. Late last year, 3DR began negotiations with Take-Two to provide funding to complete the DNF game. In the meantime, 3DR was hitting mutually-agreed milestones, despite not having a new agreement finalized. Take-Two was well aware that 3DR needed the funding to continue the DNF game development. Suddenly, after months of negotiations, Take-Two materially changed the parameters of the proposed funding agreement. 3DR informed Take-Two that it could not financially afford the changes Take-Two was suggesting and would be forced to release the team if an agreement was not reached. Take-Two made a last minute proposal to acquire the Duke Nukem franchise and the 3DR development team. Take-Two's proposal was unacceptable to 3DR for many reasons, including no upfront money, no guarantee minimum payment, and no guarantee to complete the DNF game. From 3DR's perspective, we viewed Take-Two as trying to acquire the Duke Nukem franchise in a "fire sale." Those negotiations fell through on May 4th, a deal never materialized, and the DNF team was sadly released a few days later.

Less than a week after the DNF team was released, Take-Two filed its lawsuit in New York, seeking immediate temporary injunctive relief. The court denied Take-Two's request for a temporary restraining order. While we cannot comment on the details of the ongoing lawsuit, we believe Take-Two's lawsuit is without merit and merely a bully tactic to obtain ownership of the Duke Nukem franchise. We will vigorously defend ourselves against this publisher.

#BROKEN Hasney
05-19-2009, 01:16 AM
3D Realms still alive, claims Take-Two accusations 'without merit' (http://www.joystiq.com/2009/05/18/3d-realms-still-alive-claims-take-two-accusations-without-meri/)

by Ben Gilbert (http://www.joystiq.com/bloggers/ben-gilbert/) { 6 hours ago }
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.joystiq.com/media/2009/05/3drealmspeaceout580px.jpg (http://www.gameslice.com/2009/05/18/3d-realms-statement-on-duke-forever/)

It's become clear as of late that Duke Nukem Forever (http://www.joystiq.com/tag/duke-nukem-forever) has become a topic that we can't ignore. Today is no exception, with 3D Realms releasing its first public statement since the dissolving of the game's development team (http://www.joystiq.com/2009/05/06/rumor-duke-nukem-dev-3d-realms-shut-down/) and saying that it's "not closed and is not closing." Though the developer admits Take-Two "retains publishing rights to the game [DNF]," it's positing an ability to "sell the game directly to the public."

Furthermore, the company is charging Take-Two with bully tactics for the way it has treated 3D Realms over the past year or so of negotiation. 3DR says Take-Two tried to force a "fire sale" out of the situation and due to this, 3DR left the table as of May 4. As the release pointedly notes, this was only two days before the news broke of the original events, and a flood of screenshots (http://www.joystiq.com/2009/05/08/laid-off-3d-realms-staff-show-off-duke-nukem-forever-concept-art/) and video (http://www.joystiq.com/2009/05/10/duke-nukem-forever-gameplay-surfaces-requests-we-come-get-some/) of the game was loosed on the public. Seems like we've got more litigation (http://www.joystiq.com/tag/lawsuit) on our hands! Yeehaw!


3D Realms is "not closed and is not closing."


05-19-2009, 01:23 AM
Viral advertising if that's true.

#BROKEN Hasney
05-28-2009, 11:54 AM
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Thank christ, after all that I thought it would be shit.

06-24-2009, 02:07 AM
Another Hard News video to save you reading a huge article on Shacknews (http://www.shacknews.com/featuredarticle.x?id=1154).

<embed src="http://blip.tv/play/gYwEgYvnHIyvcg" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="480" height="392" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed>

Also, some kind of Duke Nukem animation demo.