Duke Nukem Forever…Never

Word is spreading that 3D Realms is dead. Developers of Duke Nukem 3D and Pray.  But something more sinister is being told. The story about how Duke Nukem Forever was never actually meant to come out. Sounds comical but the clues are the from the name to things that happened over the course of the games 13 year development.

Heres some choice quotes.

“The 2001 trailer was 100% scripted cinematic, and not actual gameplay. They built specific demo maps just to record video from to make a trailer. Everything you see in that trailer was phony.

The typical work flow there went something like this:
Designer would be assigned a task (build a new map, rebuild an old map, polish a bit of a map, etc.). Designer would work on said task for two, three weeks, a month, all the while lower management would be looking over it and making sure it was going in a “good general direction.” Designer would move on to another task. A month or two later upper management would finally look at the work and say, “It’s all wrong, do it again.” Rinse, repeat.

Entire maps would be done from the ground up, almost to beta quality, and then thrown out simply because no one would make decisions early on in the process. (Read up on Valve’s ‘orange box’ method of design — that’s how you make games)

Another example of is the fact that there was one part of one map that was being worked on before I started working there. Nineteen months later and the same designer was still working on the same part of that same map… I’m not blaming the designer, it wasn’t his fault.

I think the biggest problem that the company had in general is being self-funded. When you’re a developer working directly with a publisher and you have milestones to meet it’s a whole different ballgame. If you don’t meet those milestones, you don’t get any money. That right there will keep your project on schedule. If, however, you’re funding it yourself, you don’t really have anyone to answer to except yourself and you can quickly lose sight of just how much money is going out the door.”

Source – http://duke.a-13.net/

As you can tell from the name and what I’m about to describe, Scott and George apparently had this idea from the very start but weren’t sure they were going to act on it, but there wasn’t any harm in using a name that would play into it. So in order to make “Forever” history there was only one way to do that, and that is to turn it into something completely unprecedented in the industry. Turn it into the sort of thing that will be talked about 100 years from now.

Source – http://gamingisstupid.com/2009/05/06/the-chair-story-revival/

An interesting story and something we’ll be following closely. Doesn’t seem as crazy as it first sounds.