3D Realms Says Goodbye

By Nick Breckon, May 08, 2009 5:44pm PDT 3D Realms community manager Joe Siegler has updated the official company website with a photo of the team (seen left) and a simple goodbye.

"Thanks for being fans and for all your support," reads the short message.

Siegler tells us that the photo, taken today, preceded a team visit to the local cinema for a showing of Star Trek. A full 3D Realms staff page, once kept for internal use, has also been made public.

The news broke yesterday that after some 12 years of development on Duke Nukem Forever, 3D Realms had been forced to shut down due to funding issues.

While all 3D Realms employees have been let go, representatives have since confirmed that publisher Apogee Software is still in operation, and that Frontline Games' Duke Nukem Trilogy of handheld titles will make it to stores.

Whether we'll ever see a Duke Nukem Forever is another matter. Publisher Take-Two retains the publishing rights to the title, while 3D Realms, which owns the rights to the game and Duke IP, has made no signal as to its plans.

Either way, our sympathies again go out to the affected employees. Thanks for the memories, 3DR.

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  • This was inevitable. I'm sorry, I loved 3DR, but when you spend TWELVE YEARS developing your flagship title with basically nothing to show for it, you are going to die. Even the slowest game studios, like Blizzard, pump out titles every few years, at least.

    In today's fast paced game development world, where shooters and other non sports titles get yearly sequels, and developers pump out new IPs like candy, 3DR was destined to die. I honestly don't know how 3DR even kept their business running all these years.

    I'm actually looking at this as a good thing. Even if 3DR finished and released DNF it would probably bomb. No matter how good the game was, it could never stack up to the 12 years of hype and anticipation that preceded it. 3DR was doomed no matter what they did.