3D Realms: We're Not Closing, Spent $20 Million On Duke Nukem Forever

The creators of Duke Nukem Forever fired back today at publisher Take-Two, detailing the costs of developing the never seen game and saying they haven't closed the studios.

The studio did confirm that the DNF team has been let go, but expressed a desire to "co-create" games based on the character in the future.

In their statement, 3D Realms accuses Take-Two of failing to offer the team a reasonable deal to continue developing the game and instead trying to attain the Duke Nukem Forever game from 3D Realms earlier this month in what amounted to a "fire sale."

Kotaku has requested comment on these allegations from Take-Two.

3D Realms chief George Broussard e-mailed the full statement to Kotaku earlier today.

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Cajun Chicken3494d ago

Jesus christ, this 'game' is legendary it just refuses to die!
I hope it still manages to make it in some form, judging by all the footage and leaks, they had a good core looking game, shame about the engine, a game I would've very much liked to play.

Hellsvacancy3494d ago (Edited 3494d ago )

The Flying Car and the Holodeck'll b around sum day 2

morganfell3494d ago (Edited 3494d ago )

One great thing about this article? Yes there is one thing. It clearly demonstrates why the people behind this article:

and all of the wild supporters of such ridiculous supposition are now a laughing stock.

Idiotic question mark journalism. They think they deserve a pass because they used that particular form of punctuation. They need a pass... or rather they need to pass out.

And we will see a Duke announcement, possibly this year that no one knows about... yet.

IdleLeeSiuLung3494d ago

Only cost $20 million after all these years. That is a feat in itself!

Elven63494d ago

Always bet on the Duke baby! It's good because not everyone lost their jobs and work on DNF can continue one day, of course a majority of the original staff should be brought back if work ever picks up on the title.

How will 3DR get funding now though? They can either sell or license a ip like they did with Prey and Max Payne or get acquired. Then again, Interplay pulls a easy million by offering their back catalog up for download on sites like GOG, etc.

Cajun Chicken3494d ago

Not to mention most of the rights of Fallout.

Elven63494d ago

Right but that is separate, I look through some of their filings and they were pulling net revenues of over a million since then. The only thing they really do is put their back catalog out.

DarK-SilV3493d ago

@Morganfell , Are you really that desperate!! ,you brought an article where the writer did not confirm anything, “ it’s just speculation” ,they are not the first site to do a speculation ,there are bigger sites who do the same thing, So what is your point??
It’s not the first time I see you talk bad about Thebitbag,

makes you wonder

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jay23494d ago (Edited 3494d ago )

Maybe you should have just released the first DNF back in 97 and made some more...............

To my mind, Take 2 should have done this a long time ago (and pulled it off so we could actually be playing the game). and just maybe 2-3 more D.N games.

STK0263494d ago

I know alot of people think like you. However, I for one don't want to see DNF being done by anyone else than 3DR. I'm not saying they are the best at what they do, and I'm not saying that iD or Raven couldn't make the game, but it wouldn't be the same.

I'd rather not play a Duke game than play one not made by 3DR. I don't want to see DNf become one of these franchise that were created by a dev but that were then given to some new dev who would try to put their personal touch in it. Look at Medal of Honor, Allied Assault was a great game, the devs left and formed Infinity Ward, and MoH is a rather so so franchise now, it almost feels like it should have died when the devs left.

The same applies to DNF, if it's not made the way 3DR intended it to be, I'd rather not play it. I want to play the "real" DNF, not some cheap game with Duke in it just to cash in on his name.

Of course, that's just my opinion.

Qorious3494d ago

Yeah! That's the spirit!

creatchee3494d ago

Dunno how they can call DNF never seen - especially since the gameplay leak a couple of weeks ago...

TheMART3494d ago

"Suddenly, after months of negotiations, Take-Two materially changed the parameters of the proposed funding agreement. 3DR informed Take-Two that it could not financially afford the changes Take-Two was suggesting and would be forced to release the team if an agreement was not reached. Take-Two made a last minute proposal to acquire the Duke Nukem franchise and the 3DR development team. Take-Two's proposal was unacceptable to 3DR for many reasons, including no upfront money, no guarantee minimum payment, and no guarantee to complete the DNF game. From 3DR's perspective, we viewed Take-Two as trying to acquire the Duke Nukem franchise in a "fire sale." Those negotiations fell through on May 4th, a deal never materialized, and the DNF team was sadly released a few days later.

Less than a week after the DNF team was released, Take-Two filed its lawsuit in New York, seeking immediate temporary injunctive relief. The court denied Take-Two's request for a temporary restraining order. While we cannot comment on the details of the ongoing lawsuit, we believe Take-Two's lawsuit is without merit and merely a bully tactic to obtain ownership of the Duke Nukem franchise. We will vigorously defend ourselves against this publisher."

wow... Take 2 take it easy and let this game be done in a proper way...

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