Duke Nukem Forever “Destroyed 3D Realms”, Says Apogee Founder

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After leaking a 2001 demo of Duke Nukem Forever, the founder of Apogee posted some thoughts on what went wrong and eventually led developer 3D Realms to turn the project over to Gearbox Software almost a decade later. It was Duke Nukem Forever, according to him, that caused the death of 3D Realms.

“Anyone who expects a lot from a game will be disappointed,” writes Apogee founder Scott Miller in a post titled “The Truth About DNF.” “The brilliant game trailer from that period definitely exaggerated what was actually in the game.”

“DNF is the game that ruined 3D Realms and led to the company being sold to a Danish investor. At the time the leak build was created, Apogee was making money from games like Max Payne and Prey and Duke Nukem Forever was just burning money to no end.According to him, the studio was understaffed, had no working development roadmap, and was constantly rebooting to incorporate the latest 3D rendering technologies.

Miller isn’t at all sure old Duke is ready to retire.

“I really hope that Gearbox will someday resurrect Duke Nukem,” Miller writes at the end of his message. “It seems like the obvious move would be to recreate Duke Nukem 3D with Unreal 5. And if the game works out well, start making new Duke adventures while expanding the universe with new characters.”