Posts Tagged ‘Duke Nukem Forever’

Wired’s Duke Nukem Analysis


Wired’s Clive Thompson has penned a huge diagnosis of the failure of the Duke Nukem Forever project, commemorating the title’s years as a top contender in the Wired vapourware charts.

Yet the truth is, Broussard’s financial freedom had cut him off from all discipline. He could delay making the tough calls, seemingly forever. “One day, Broussard came in and said, ‘We could go another five years without shipping a game’” because 3D Realms still had so much money in the bank, an employee told me. “He seemed really happy about that. The other people just groaned.”

Go have a read.

Shake It, Maybe: 3D Realms “Not Closed”


But they have dissolved the DNF dev team. Shacknews has the full statement.

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

Lots more through the link, complete with the response to Take 2’s lawsuit.

Take-Two Sue Apogee Over Duke Nukem Forever

Won't be able to afford those cigars much longer.

It’s time for a new twist in the tale of Duke Nukem Forever. Shacknews are reporting that Take-Two are now filing a lawsuit against the remnants of Apogee and 3D Realms, suing them for failing to deliver the promised game, and demanding a copy of the source code. Cor blimey. In a round-up of who’s suing who today, business news site Bloomberg mentions the case, stating that Take-Two are making the case because “Apogee breached an agreement to design the latest installment of Duke Nukem.” And in recently discovered papers, it’s been revealed that the publisher are demanding a copy of the source code, and assurance that none of the game be leaked or destroyed.

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Duke Nukem Footage


This splurged its way all across the web yesterday, but we might as well report it for The Eye of RPS to gaze down on it with a fiery stare. It is apparently a demo reel from developer Bryan Brewer, who worked on the game until the recently closure of 3D Realms. Various sources managed to grab the video before he pulled it off his site, presumably at the sabre-rattle of parties who remain interested in what exists of the game. The actual game footage is spliced with a lot of modeling roughs and concept stuff, but it gives us a fairly good idea about how Duke might have played: it’s a first-person shooter videogame.
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Some Random DNF Renders and Screens?


Not particularly interesting, as it’s just some character renders and a couple of environments, but Duke Nukem Forever materials nonetheless. They’ve apparently been posted by former art director from the project, Tramell Isaac, who also worked on Planetside and the original Fallout games. He’s looking for a job now, natch. And – assuming these are real – I expect we’ll see more such assets turning up on the web in the coming weeks. I’ve posted the most interesting ones after the jump. Click on them for full size. [Via Bluesnews.]
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This Is The End: 3D Realms Closure Confirmed

Just a quick follow-up to last night’s nega-gossip that the Duke Nukem developer had gone the way of all flesh…. 3D Realms staffer Joe Siegler popped up on the official forums with a terse confirmation: “It’s not a marketing thing. It’s true. I have nothing further to say at this time.” Aw. Good luck to all who once sailed in the good ship 3DR.
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Duke Nukem Forever: New Screens

I decided not to show the one with an arse in it

Blurry low-res screens, but screens nonetheless. Two of ’em, one showing Duke and some cavorting womenfolk, and the other some sort of tenta-beast thing. Duke4.net has ’em, acquired by one of their members by unlocking every achievement in the new (and reportedly excellent) Xbox Live Arcade port of Duke Nukem 3d.

Still not doing much to wow me – especially after that grrrrrrubish teaser trailer – but there is a bit of bottom on show, which someone will probably get excited about.

Duke Nukem Forever Footage

Yeah, capturing don't work too well.

When I saw the thread over at Qt3, I presumed I was about to be Rick-rolled. But no. Really. Footage. Hence the blurry grab of the footage of the game that is known as Duke Nukem Forever in the autoplaying footage which you can see beneath the cut.

The end time is nigh.
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Duke Really, Really Confirmed For 2008?

That's actually Duke's leathery tongue
The Dallas Business Journal claims that Duke Nukem Forever is “confirmed” for release on the PC and consoles in 2008. It goes on to back up this report with a somewhat less definitive quote from 3D Realms’ Scott Miller:

“We haven’t formally announced any platforms for DNF,” wrote 3D Realms President Scott Miller in an e-mail exchange. “But, of course hitting the big three makes the most sense (PC, PS3, 360).” Miller added a note of caution on the 12-years-coming sequel and its release window, claiming, “we may miss the mark by a month or two, but I feel very confident that we’re on target this time.”

It’s looking like it might just happen this year. Maybe. Probably. Yes.

Or not. Update on Shacknews:

“3D Realms has informed Shacknews that a release date and platforms for Duke Nukem Forever were not confirmed in its interview with the Dallas Business Journal. A more detailed response is expected later today.”

Hrm.

Duke Nukem Taking Forever: So What?

Put up your dukes.
I’ve been a full-time games journalist for close to a decade now, and it amuses and surprises me every time I think that Duke Nukem Forever was already a delayed and mysterious thing when I joined this dark fraternity. We were making Duke Nukem Taking Forever jokes back in 1999, for Christ’s sake.

Of course, that’s one reason why I eye-roll a little at the general scorn that surrounds the game. I’m bored of Duke Nukem jokes as much as I’m bored of waiting for Duke Nukem. More so, in fact. 3DRealms are acting like creators in control of their own destiny, for better or for worse. We’re acting like…

Well, “Vapourware”. It’s a fascinating, vile phrase which stinks of misplaced entitlement.
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Duke Nukem Forever Wednesday

PC gaming’s favourite joke is trying to give the impression that next year’s promise of a release is really, really, really true this time. And at around 6pm (UK) today, the “first” teaser trailer will be released. You know, after the trailer released in 2001. Six years ago. 3D Realms bossman George Broussard appeared on the company’s forums to announce the exciting news that gaming’s most unreleased game is going to receive a teaser, and to offer a screenshot of said short (their servers are too busy to show it, so here it is below).

The face of a liar.
“Gameplay footage?” the world asks in excitement? Or ironic excitement if you’ve been listening to 3D Realms’ nonsense about this alleged game for the last decade. “Um,” quickly comes back the reply from Broussard.

“This is a teaser. It’s not a full blown trailer like the 2001 trailer (but something like that is coming). I tried to be clear about that in the message board post, so just bear in mind that it’s a teaser.”

So a render? Any footage at all? Or just Duke growling at the camera? Come on 6pm! How can we ever wait?!