3D Realms “has not closed and is not closing”

Monday, 18th May 2009 21:49 GMT By Patrick Garratt


3D Realms has just issued a statement saying the firm is an ongoing concern and has not closed.

It was widely reported that the developer bit the dust earlier in May thanks to a lack of funding.

“Despite rumors and statements to the contrary, 3D Realms (3DR) has not closed and is not closing,” said the firm.

“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.”

3DR has also responded to a lawsuit filed against it by Take-Two, which said the publisher was out of pocket to the tune of $12 million over Forever.

“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,” the statement read.

“This is the sum total Take-Two has paid 3DR in connection with DNF.”

The full thing’s on Shacknews.



  1. JesteR

    Is someone still taking 3DR seriously?

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Superfrog

    lol, looks as if this whole story isn’t going to end very soon.

    Interesting that it took 3DR more than a week to disclaim the reports of their closure…

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Patrick Garratt

    I got the impression there were legal reasons why it’s taken this long. There’s no reason why they couldn’t license Nukem to another developer.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Superfrog

    “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.”

    $20m?! My god… This is hard to imagine considering the latest state of the game. What the hell did they spend all that money on?

    #4 6 years ago
  5. VIP0R

    They’ve broken my heart too many times already!

    #5 6 years ago
  6. VIP0R

    Superfrog: “What the hell did they spend all that money on?”

    Changing Engines so many times most likely lol

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Razor

    They should license it over to Activision…it’ll be out in no time…

    #7 6 years ago
  8. SticKboy

    The dream hasn’t died! I can still live in hope!! DUKE NUKEM FOREVER!!!

    #8 6 years ago
  9. DaMan

    @Superfrog – but it’s been what, 12 years??

    I just wish this game will hopefully come out.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. rainer

    Superfrog $20M is not a lot the original Call of Duty apparently cost 10m to develop.

    That 20m was probably spent starting over from scratch 2 or 3 times over the years.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. anasui

    well surely they got themselves a whole chapter in the future History of Videogames book

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Superfrog

    I know, AAA games nowadays cost around 10 to 20m – but this is after they’ve actually been completed, marketed and released. ;)

    I don’t know, has the latest build of DNF even reached alpha status? Seriously, even in 12 years it’s almost unbelievable how a relatively small developer can spend that much money on a very unfinished game.

    Whoever ends up with the franchise rights for DNF, I hope it will still be released in some form. :/

    #12 6 years ago
  13. ecu

    If the company is still ongoing, then why did several of the people working on it release footage and development work for DNF, telling us they might as well release it since they went bust?

    #13 6 years ago

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