The rumor that developer 3D Realms along with the recently resurrected Apogee name, had been shut down first broke over at Shacknews yesterday. After a series of updates, a confirmation of the developers demise was released by staff member Joe Siegler on the 3D Realms forum. Joe was the voice of Duke Nukem II's gruff star as well as the companys webmaster and forum moderator. The closure comes as a shock to fans and employees alike, and is cited to be the result of funding issues. Employees have already been let go.
Apogee Software and Deep Silver have stated that despite the unfortunate and sudden turn of events, Frontline Games upcoming handheld Duke Nukem Trilogy is unaffected. Take-Two Interactive, the slated publisher for Duke Nukem Forever, has released a statement saying that its arrangement with the studio did not include ongoing funds for development. Additionally, they claim to still have a hold on the publishing rights to Duke Nukem Forever.