3D Realms Bows Out

3D Realms Bows Out

By Rob Crossley

May 11th 2009 at 9:47AM

Studio leaves brief goodbye message with accompanying photo

3D Realms has faced the final curtain with its notorious twelve year struggle to develop Duke Nukem Forever.

The group has posted a picture on its website, affixing it with a brief message of thanks, and goodbye. The studio has now closed.

The fate of the group was thrown into doubt last week after multiple sources explained that it was set to fully shut down, where financial issues were cited as a precursor to the developer’s closure.

Shortly afterwards, Take-Two released a statement declaring that its relationship with 3D Realms for the release of Duke Nukem Forever was a “publishing arrangement, which did not include ongoing funds for development of the title.”

The company added that it retains the publishing rights to Duke Nukem Forever.

Early reports suggested that Apogee Software, a publishing and production company which was recently re-established by 3D Realms, would also have to close down. Since then, however, Apogee has confirmed that it is “not affected by the situation at 3D Realms."

"Development on the Duke Nukem Trilogy is continuing as planned," the group added.