Duke Nukem Forever development team falling apart?

Our counterparts over at Shacknews have learned that 3D Realms has suffered a serious number of employee departures that could jeopardize the future of the perpetually delayed Duke Nuke Forever. Up to ten “major team members” have reportedly left the company since the end of last year, including 16-year Apogee and 3D Realms veteran Keith Schuler. Shacknews’ sources say the 3D Realms team is now down to around 18 members, having lost employees responsible for tasks like animation as well as physics and graphics programming. The sources are quoted as saying that Duke Nukem Forever may never come out unless 3D Realms makes “major changes” to its development process. More details are expected next week.

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    • ludi
    • 13 years ago

    “…neither Done Nor Finished”?

    Problem with this title is that even if they actually produce a publishable game at some point, it could meet the same fate as Daikatana: It doesn’t matter whether it’s good or bad, because everyone has already learned to hate it by reputation.

    If 3DR was at all serious about this, they would ashcan everything but the game artwork; license the Doom3 engine; bring in contract help from a team that already has extensive experience working with the engine and a more credible reputation, such as Raven; slap together a new set of models, textures, and maps; publish within a year; and then be done with the joke.

    But they’re clearly not serious.

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 13 years ago

      Is it even possible to be serious about this game any more?

      • odizzido
      • 13 years ago

      If DNF ever did come out I would buy it. I think thats their plan. Keep the hype going for 20 years and then start working on the game.

    • odizzido
    • 13 years ago

    I hear DNF is going for a december launch. This game is going to rule.

      • The Swamp
      • 13 years ago

      It’s going to once again rule Wired’s top Vaporware of the Year Award, you mean.

        • odizzido
        • 13 years ago

        You mean it might not come out this year? impossible……

    • derFunkenstein
    • 13 years ago

    How can you possibly jeopardize something that doesn’t exist in the first place?

    • Homerr
    • 13 years ago

    Fire George Broussssssard and then the game will probably be finished in about a month.

    • Jigar
    • 13 years ago

    I am learning some Graphics .. i will be ready after 5 years then i can start working on Duke Forever.. Well u foks got to understand after 5 years i would be still a freasher so it might take some time to complete this game . i am also going to teach my childrens some graphics so that they can also help me while making this game… right now they are 3 years old each ( ya i have twins), so they will be ready when they are 18 … mind it they will be freasher at that time so it will take some time to complete this game. So in total it will take 25 years more to complete ur very very very favorite game Duke forever.. mindit … we are not that experienced people …. so we are going to make this game using DX 8 technology … so after 25 years u can still use ur dam old -Pentium 3 system .. and enjoy the game. thanks for reading yours truely Future graphic designer of Duke forever ๐Ÿ™‚

      • red0510
      • 13 years ago

      Holy crappoli, that was difficult to read, and I read it twice. Coherant sentences would be nice.

        • Jigar
        • 13 years ago

        So now u understand if the guy like this makes a game ….. then it takes time my friend long time…… ๐Ÿ™‚

        • absinthexl
        • 13 years ago

        i read it twice too… and i still have no idea what happened … it was like games… and learning… and friend of yours and 25 years games…

    • PLASTIC SURGEON
    • 13 years ago

    Duke Nukem Forever will be Forever delayed. All i can do is laugh at this and keep playing F.E.A.R

    • wid
    • 13 years ago

    Was just over at the forum. Nothing’s changed, this is relatively old news. I think they’re a little amused by all the rampant assumptions, naysaying and OMG ๐Ÿ™‚

    That said, it does suck that some great folks have gone elsewhere. However – as Joe Siegler pointed out – they are really keeping people in the dark. That includes a list of folks on the team and new hires, perhaps contractors, etc.

    • albundy
    • 13 years ago

    no, really? cant imagine why? They were doing so well with the screenshot that they released 10 years ago! Keep up the great work!

    • DrDillyBar
    • 13 years ago

    Uhhh …. so?

    • radioactive21
    • 13 years ago

    hahahaha i’ve followed the way TR brings news about Duke Nukem developement and it sounds like a soap opera show.

    You can turn the whole process into a TV show and i gaurenteed you that it will be a big hit.

    Whatever you do, do not show up on MTV, or else you will split for sure.

    • Skyline57GTR
    • 13 years ago

    if I become game developer then I’ll help them out. >_<

      • Saribro
      • 13 years ago

      Of course you will, being paid to do what you like and not having a deadline, you sneaky bastard :p.

    • krazyredboy
    • 13 years ago

    /[<"Quiet...(sniff, sniff) you smell that?"<]/ Ahh! Vaporware!!!

    • crabjokeman
    • 13 years ago

    y[

    • Z-Gradt
    • 13 years ago

    heh. I wonder if they listed this project on their resumes. Probably not.

      • Vrock
      • 13 years ago

      Yeah, it’s generally not a good idea to list dismal failures on your resumes.

    • 5150
    • 13 years ago

    Where’s the “Obvious” tag?

    • crabjokeman
    • 13 years ago

    deadline (b[http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=deadline<]ยง

    • A_Pickle
    • 13 years ago

    I wonder if there’s anything done of it. They really ought to just come out and say:

    “Look. We fudged it up, badly, we’re sorry, Duke Nukem: Forever isn’t going to happen unless we get some help.”

    That’d be mature and sportsmanlike, though.

    • IntelMole
    • 13 years ago

    y[

      • crabjokeman
      • 13 years ago

      They might be able to squeeze a press release in between the old homework assignments they’re still working on.

      (This is too easy, I’m going to stop now.)

    • rythex
    • 13 years ago

    George Broussard is a fool. You can’t say anything bad at shacknews because he sometimes posts there and the mods delete your posts right away.

    3drealms was a one hit wonder.

      • Steve gibson
      • 13 years ago

      yeah really not the case. bending to the will of developers who dont want bad press isnt really what we’re in to.

    • IamSpazzy
    • 13 years ago

    It’s a bad omen when the games abbreviation DNF stands for did not finish

      • Ozenmacher
      • 13 years ago

      LOL. very funny.

    • fatpipes
    • 13 years ago

    I can only imagine the horrors of managing this project. This is why developers keep projects secret for so long. If somehow it gets into such a dramatic loop, the product is pratically a loss no matter how much it may earn due to expectations and hype.

    “We’re close to finishing the graphics code sir!” “Great… except that 3dfx just disappeared off the face of the planet. We have to switch to coding DirectX 8.1 and OpenGL”

    Years later

    “We’re close to finishing everything, all the graphics and physics are done, we just need a story line!” “Great… except that the game looks like Quake 1, and now Quake 4 and Half Life 2 are out… who the hell will buy this? Learn DirectX 9 and Shader Model 1.0”

    Today and about 52342 graphics card generations later.

    “We’ve finished everything, the graphics, the physics, the story line, we just need a publisher!” “Great… except no publisher will touch this project with a dime. We have to fund everything out of pocket, that means no bonuses and no raises until this game makes some money!”

    “Right… I’m out of here, who’s with me!?”

    • StashTheVampede
    • 13 years ago

    This title has no leadership. This title will only ship when someone buys Duke’s rights and put’s some f’ing project management behind it.

      • Krogoth
      • 13 years ago

      EA games is the man for that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • imtheunknown176
        • 13 years ago

        Yeah they could buy the rights and release it right away, incomplete and full of bugs. Thats about how EA games are anyways.

          • lethal
          • 13 years ago

          ” ๐Ÿ˜‰ ” – Used to denote a sarcastical and often malicius interpretation of the previous statement.

          (I know, im bored xD)

    • Vrock
    • 13 years ago

    There was an actual development team for DNF? I had assumed it was an urban legend that people were actually *working* on this game. WTF have they been doing for 10 years? Playing Quake?

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 13 years ago

      If you could get away with doing that for 10 years, wouldn’t you?

        • Vrock
        • 13 years ago

        No. Call me a boy scout, but I’d feel obligated to actually do the work I was being paid for and all.

    • Logan[TeamX]
    • 13 years ago

    Just change the title to Duke Nukem: in dev Forever. Done deal.

    • The Swamp
    • 13 years ago

    Why would they need anyone to work on a game that is never going to be released?

    • Captain Ned
    • 13 years ago

    Shocked I am, simply shocked.

    • lethal
    • 13 years ago

    Im guessing people just got tired of *cough*working*cough* on DNF. (They probabbly were just scratching themselves since max payne or so and got bored to death)

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