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No Duke Nukem Forever - 3D Realms shutdown

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7th May 2009 will always be remembered as the day when 3D Realms, the studio responsible for the Duke Nukem series, was shutdown. This means that the legendary Duke Nukem Forever title development has finally come to a halt after 12 long years of development. It had become a joke in tech communities all over that the game would never be released and this is like a final nail in the coffin.

Snide remarks aside, I still have fond memories of Duke Nukem 3D in the 90s. It created a cult following when it came out and was majorly responsible in taking the genre forward along with Doom and Quake. If there was ever a game where the character has guts, charisma and a wit about him - it was Duke. Sadly, the next title in the series was delayed by so many years that it never saw the light of day. In 1998, 3D Realms switched the core engine from Quake 2 to Unreal and that was the starting of the long, long wait.

Somehow, reading the news about DNF never being developed made me feel a little nostalgic. I wish the game had been completed, just so that the taint of always-in-development goes away. But that hope has also flickered out. Here's to Duke, 3D Realms and Apogee - thanks for all the great gameplay over the years. You will always be remembered, I hope in positive light.

Read the full DNF history at: Shacknews.

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numeric Icon

08 May 2009 - 03:56 AM
It's funny, a couple of friends and I were talking about Duke Nukem Forever the other day....Has it really been 12 years since 3D??? One of the things I really liked about these games was how un-PC they were - there's not many games that have gone as far as these to assault the players sense of taste and decency.... I'm going to miss that.
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08 May 2009 - 04:11 AM
Actually its been 13 years since 3D. DN Forever has been in development, or should I say was in development for 12 years.

3D was first introduced in Jan 1996 for the PC with a Mac version coming out a year later.
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numeric Icon

08 May 2009 - 05:24 AM
That's mad, it doesn't seem that long to me :) I still remember playing the Duke Nukem DOS based games. It's a shame that so many of the companies responsible for classic games are in trouble now - Midway have gone too so no more mortal combat games. Capcom and Sega are the only ones in a half decent position at the moment it seems.
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08 May 2009 - 06:49 AM
Ahh makes me feel old. I remember Duke 3D ahh fun game fun game. That is very sad I was looking forward to that one.
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08 May 2009 - 07:14 AM

numeric, on 8 May, 2009 - 05:24 AM, said:

That's mad, it doesn't seem that long to me :) I still remember playing the Duke Nukem DOS based games. It's a shame that so many of the companies responsible for classic games are in trouble now - Midway have gone too so no more mortal combat games. Capcom and Sega are the only ones in a half decent position at the moment it seems.




Midway....that brings back so many memories....Space Invaders (Galaxian) :wub:
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