id Software: "Surprised And Saddened" By DNF Failure
Duke Nukem Forever is no more and for many, it wasn't all that difficult to believe. But id Software, developer of legendary franchises like Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake, really thought it might be a cruel joke.
According to Videogamer, id's director of business development Steve Nix talked about how sad it was to see the DNF team at 3D Realms disappear, and how he had hoped it was nothing more than a rumor. Last month, the team in question was laid off "due to a lack of funding," marking an end to the 11-year saga that surrounded the game that may have spawned the term, "vaporware." In response to this, Nix said:
"For me it was personally sad. I know a lot of people at the studio (id) were really surprised and saddened for sure. We had originally moved to Dallas because Apogee, who morphed into 3D Realms, was our original publisher. So id might not even be in Dallas and a lot of us wouldn’t even be working in the games industry if it wasn’t for Apogee and 3D Realms. So I know for me personally I thought it was a joke when I heard the other day. So definitely, extremely saddened and surprising that those guys aren’t there and we may never see the game we were all looking forward to."
The only good thing that may come out of this - as far as ex-3D Realms members are concerned - is that id is currently hiring, and Nix didn't rule out the obvious possibility... "There are some really talented guys in there so it very well could happen that some of them end up at id," he said. Well, let's just hope that if this does happen, those people will finally have the pleasure of working on a game that eventually gets produced.
6/15/2009 Ben Dutka