Those of you who bet that Duke Nukem Forever would never be released might be right. Nukem Developer 3D Realms has been shut down.

Word of the closure first reached Shacknews' ears via an anonymous source. Take-Two VP Alan Lewis then issued a statement affirming that they were not funding future development of DNF: "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. In addition, Take-Two continues to retain the publishing rights to Duke Nukem Forever"

"It's not a marketing thing. It's true. I have nothing further to say at this time," said 3D Realms' Joe Siegler on the company's forums.

Duke Nukem Forever has been in development since 1997. Last month, game director George Broussard wrote on his Twitter that DNF's development had hit a milestone but details have been so scarce on the project so we really can't tell whether the game was shaping up well. Presumably they've scraped something significant together in that decade plus, though, so maybe Take-Two will hand it off to another developer.
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