It's the end of an era and easily the longest-running project that has sparked what we assume is a record number of articles in the past 12 years.

The news first broke at ShackNews a few hours ago: a "very reliable source" who is close to 3D Realms has confirmed that the studio has been shut down. Previously working on the long-awaited Duke Nukem Forever , this unfortunate conclusion has come about due to "funding issues," and all the employees have already been laid off. Initially, it was expected that Apogee, the publisher responsible for the upcoming Duke Nukem Trilogy for the PSP, suffered the same fate, but that's not true. Apogee has just a released a statement saying that what happened to 3D Realms doesn't affect them, and the Deep Silver-developed set of handheld Duke titles remains on track. The first, Duke Nukem: Critical Mass, is still scheduled to launch in September. But as for 3D Realms and DNF…well, that's all she wrote. It was entertaining for quite some time but after a while, everyone had to assume things weren't going as planned. We've often joked about the "so-called existence" of Forever , but we won't be doing that here; we never like to see game studios fail. It's just too bad it had to end before they were able to release what could've been a very cool swan song.

So anyway, it seems you won't be seeing any more headlines with the name "Duke Nukem Forever," and the entire saga has come to a sudden and abrupt end.  Well…unless some brave developer wants to pick it up.  Hey Square-Enix, don't you wanna do Western stuff, now…?

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Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

I thought that the development of DNF wouldn't be affected which I read some where.As for the employees I wish they can get new jobs as soon as possible and wish them well.

Morals
Morals
11 years ago

Ouch!

ArnoldK PSXE
ArnoldK PSXE
11 years ago

I've long assumed that 3D Realms used the acronym DNF purposely, since it always made me think of the racing circuit acronym DNF – Did Not Finish.

Xanavi23
Xanavi23
11 years ago

Lol, so true.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

Lol, well at least now we can rest assured as we continue to make fun of Duke Nukem ForNever that it definitely, will never be released XD I mean come on, the new PSP duke nukems just got at it and theirs actually has a release date, lol, the DNF was most definitely a joke. I don't even think they were working on it to be honest, just trying to see how far they could take it. 12 years was a long time.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

HAHAHAHA

GuernicaReborn
GuernicaReborn
11 years ago

It's almost heartbreaking that the last thing with the name Duke Nukem on it was the awful movie.
(I'm not counting handhelds here, obviously.)

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

there was a movie?

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

Never heard of it.

GuernicaReborn
GuernicaReborn
11 years ago

Yeah, epic fail, I was thinking of Doom… but I saw something about a duke nukem movie a while ago.

migabyte
migabyte
11 years ago

Duke Nukem stinks anyways….Way overrated. People have some strange attachment to it, but I remember playing it when it first came out on PC, and I didn't think much of it. So what, it had strippers and he talked like a tough guy, it was nothing ground breaking to me.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

"It's time to kick ass and chew bubblegum…and I'm all out of gum"

Xanavi23
Xanavi23
11 years ago

"Hmm, Doesn't look theres any time to play with myself"

ZubraZap
ZubraZap
11 years ago

What the hell!?!?

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

So after this F*** up news you people still kicking it while is unconscious.¬_¬

fatelementality
fatelementality
11 years ago

So confused. So what about Prey? They had no involvement in Max Payne 3 did they? WTF? I'm gonna cry for a while.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

MP3 would be Rockstar

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Rest in peace 3D Realms, we had some great times back in the day. As for Duke Nukem Forever, I don't think we've seen the end of this hoax. Some studio will "pick it up" and "work on it."

Totalz
Totalz
11 years ago

The inverted commas being the main symbols there

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

Snap I thought it said Free Realms was closing down ūüėČ

Gabriel013
Gabriel013
11 years ago

I feel sorry for the guys who lost their jobs. If they weren't working on DNF, what were they doing every day?

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

They were working on the sequel to DNF.

Xanavi23
Xanavi23
11 years ago

Ya, the sequel, the search for DNF

BigT_1980
BigT_1980
11 years ago

For a frightening thought go to the link I posted below.

https://temp.psxextreme.com/ps3-news/5077.html

ceedot
ceedot
11 years ago

Oooo that is fucken good.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

I'm actually a little sad on the inside. Duke Nukem was a classic character with the best lines in video game history. I mean firing a rocket into a room and Duke says "Let god sort them out." That was the best… Even now, so many years later, the characters in 3d shooters just don't comment enough during gameplay. Not for me anyway. It's all grunts and groans.

Xanavi23
Xanavi23
11 years ago

Ya, Duke was an original shooter and still is today. This is a next gen Duke, we could believe it was going to be way more sophisticated than before.

Xanavi23
Xanavi23
11 years ago

Hopefully somebody picks up this game and makes it good. This is a potential cash cow, its hard to make a creative shooter or think of one up these days and a quality developer would stand to gain from Dukes Notoriety and also eliminate alot of brainstorming about the general story.

ZubraZap
ZubraZap
11 years ago

F*** Everything.

Xanavi23
Xanavi23
11 years ago

Good mood today my man?

Ultimate_Balla
Ultimate_Balla
11 years ago

Was Duke Nukem 3D really That Dope? That It Kept Y'all Hoping For A Sequel This Long?

Xanavi23
Xanavi23
11 years ago

Dunno about 3D, but i played a few Duke Nukem games a long time ago, i remember one being on the N64 i think…it was a fun game even playing against bots in deathmatch. ahead of its time it was.

Jian2069
Jian2069
11 years ago

3dRealms site has a post with a picture of the crew and the title is "goodbye" and it says stuff like thanks for all your support…
http://3drealms.com/

"Thanks for being fans and for all your support."

fml i was hoping dnf was going to be good.
12 years in development, while all the modelling and visual guys are doing their re-modelling, the storyline guys have gotta do something, fine-tuning a 12-year story…
RIP 3dRealms