From Blue’s (and reporting from what Shacknews had found out as confirmed on 3D Realms’ forum) comes the shocking news that 3D Realms may be shuttering its doors for good. I say “may” because 3D Realms haven’t offered an official statement, but neither have they denied what is being said.
As much shit as 3D Realms has gotten over the years for Duke Nukem Forever, they struck me as honest guys loving the business that they’re in when it comes to making games and you can’t fault them for that. The company is also as iconic as iD, one of the last, few developers to survive through the early nineties when 3D games began to explode across the scene with Doom, Wolfenstein, and of course, Duke Nukem. And who could forget Shadow Warrior?
And now it looks like 3D Realms shuttering its doors may indeed be true as Blue’s posts another update. Art Director, Tramell Isaac, posts some of the work that he had done for Duke Nukem Forever on his blog and is putting out the call for anyone with an open spot for a talented artist like himself. The concept art is incredible stuff and I like the desktop image myself. If you’re in the mood to see what could have been, check it out. Another artist, Layne Johnson, has also gone on to post up some of his work as his calling card on his own blog confirming some of what is being speculated.
Reading up on the Shack and Blues, it sounds like Duke Nukem Forever isn’t technically dead although the developer behind it might very well be. Publisher Take Two says they still own the rights to DNF, but they confirm that they are not funding it.
I would have played it.