3D Realms shuts down – millions of Duke fans weep
Duke – Smug as always,
unaware of his fate.
It felt almost unreal reading this article and realizing that Duke Nukem Forever might actually never be released. This holy grail of vaporware has been in the making for over twelve years, which in perspective is more than half my current life length! The game has gone through a number of 3D-engine changes and a cascade of other issues.
I was one of the people that always believed. I believed when the game first became notorious for its long release cycle back around the millennium shift. I even discussed DN: Forever with Per just a week ago or so, where he proclaimed that the game would never be released, following Broussard bold claims that DN:Forever would hit the shelves this very year.
Now it sadly looks like he was right.
To be perfectly honest I shouldn’t even be sad over this, I rarely play games nowadays, even though I have fond memories of the series, especially DN: Land Of The Babes which kept me company for what probably was an entire summer vacation. But this was one of those games – the ones that you just had to at least try because of the hype. If it was a great game or a disappointment came in second.
Take-Two still holds the rights to the Duke Nukem franchise, but has declined to make a comment on the situation. Who knows, maybe they’ll continue development and actually release it, although the chances are slim. But I’ll never stop believing… R.I.P for now, Duke.
The game back in 2001, when it looked almost finished, and still cool by todays standards according to me.
In other news…
I’ve finally started to teach myself Apache Tomcat – a fascinating (albeit sometimes confusing) implementation of Java for the web. If you’re a Java programmer and wish to develop dynamic applications for the web, this is where to start!
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