So it’s over for 3D Realms. The BBC is reporting that the company has shut down, and Joe Siegler has confirmed it on the 3D forums.

According to the report, lack of funding caused the closure. Take-Two has the publishing rights for the game, but did no funding. I suppose 3DR had problems finding money to finish a product they’d been working on for twelve years.

The forums are still up at the moment, although it’s not possible to reach the 3DR website itself. Also, there are reports that some of the developers are calling themselves “former emplyees” on their websites.

No doubt more information will be forthcoming. Naturally, what most want to know is: who actually owns the Duke Nukem IP, and will some other studio finish it up? For that matter, is the game even worth putting out after all this time?

Duke Nukem developer goes bust