And so the saga finally comes to a close: 3D Realms, developer of infamous vapourware sequel Duke Nukem Forever, has closed its doors.
The closure, first discovered by Shacknews last night, came about as a result of funding issues. 3D Realms staffer Joe Siegler confirmed the news in a forum post, saying: "It's not a marketing thing. It's true. I have nothing further to say at this time."
The closure brings Duke Nukem Forever's 12-year development stretch, most recently marked with a teaser trailer last year to a close.
3D Realms publisher Take-Two said in a statement that it was not funding ongoing development of 'Forever.
"We can confirm that our relationship with 3D Realms for Duke Nukem Forever was a publishing arrangement, which did not include ongoing funds for development of the title," said Take-Two VP of communications Alan Lewis. "In addition, Take-Two continues to retain the publishing rights to Duke Nukem Forever."
Founded in 1987 by Scott Miller and George Broussard, 3D Realms was best known for its shooters, including PC and 360 portal-hopper Prey, of which a sequel was announced (and presumably now canned).
Duke Nukem Trilogy duo Apogee Software and Deep Silver have since piped in to confirm that their PSP retro game's development is unaffected, which is a little bit of good news for Duke fans at least.
"Deep Silver and Apogee Software are not affected by the situation at 3D Realms. Development on the Duke Nukem Trilogy is continuing as planned" they said.
Duke Nukem Forever, we salute you. It's been fun.