No Duke Nukem Forever 'til 2005?

[UPDATED] The next chapter in 3D Realms' sassy shooter franchise won't be ready until Q4 2004 at the earliest.

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When 3D Realms decided on the title "Duke Nukem Forever," most gamers probably didn't realize they were actually describing its development time. First announced in 1997, the seven-year-old shooter franchise's next installment may now not be released until 2005.

The bad news came straight from Jeffrey Lapin, CEO of Take Two Interactive, parent of Gathering Games, Duke Nukem Forever's publisher. When pressed on the subject by an analyst in a conference call today, Lapin said, "I had a recent conversation with [Duke Nukem Forever's] developer, and they expect the game to be completed sometime at the end of '04 or the beginning of '05."

The news adds another difficult chapter to Duke Nukem Forever's development. When it was first picked up by Gathering (then called GodGames) in 2000, the game had a late 2001 release date. But in August 2001, following financial woes and the death of one of its co-founders, Doug Myers, GodGames' Texas offices were shut down and the company was subsumed into Take Two's New York City operation. Then came the game's infamous no-show at the 2002 E3 and Lapin's announcement this May that Take Two had "pulled the plug" on the game's 2003 release. "We’re hopeful that the team in Dallas will finish the project," said Lapin then.

The big question is: when will they? Though Take Two spent a reported $12 million for the rights to publish Duke Nukem Forever, the game's development is being completely self-funded by 3D Realms, which still owns the franchise. The developer has never officially announced a release date, keeping with 3D head George Broussard's famous mantra that the release date is "when it's done."

Broussard has also been outspoken about his displeasure with Take Two's public announcements about the game. Most famously, he responded to Lapin's May statement with a post on Shacknews.com saying, "Take Two needs to STFU IMO."

Discussion

9 comments
VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

Lets have a hand for the biggest gong-show in the history of gaming. *clapping*. Looks like George Broussard and the rest of the thieves at 3D Realms took Take-Two for $12 million dollars because Duke Nukem Forever will never be published by anyone. Are they reworking the game yet again to use the Unreal Engine 3 or what?!?

miltiadous
miltiadous

So this is "made" by Take Two? Just lets hope GTA IV doesn't have the same fate!

mario2295
mario2295

its 2007 and they still dont have it and now its cancelled HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

wolf360rev
wolf360rev

this game will come out in the year 4025

unknown828
unknown828

god ive been waiting like 5 years for this. they r so slow

Bladex2k
Bladex2k

"shake it baby show me yours and i will show you mine" duke nukem i love that game

alpha_company
alpha_company

Yeah. it better look amazing. Amazing 06 / 07. Not amazing year 2000, or 2005.

ElementalFire
ElementalFire

This game had better look amazing when it comes out. There are some much bigger sharks in the waters now.

svuable
svuable

Shadow warrior I will have do my video game ( pc ) can you have a good the game play. WinXp will to be very well.