3D Realms has closed because of insufficient funding, placing the future of Duke Nukem Forever once more in doubt.

"It's not a marketing thing. It's true," confirmed 3D Realms webmaster Joe Siegler on the official forum - a post since removed, but saved by ShackNews.

Take-Two will retain the rights to Duke Nukem Forever but never agreed to fund development, which has presumably ground to a halt. The publisher offered Eurogamer no further comment this morning.

"We can confirm that our relationship with 3D Realms for Duke Nukem Forever was a publishing arrangement, which did not include ongoing funds for development of the title," said Take-Two's mouthpiece Alan Lewis.

"In addition, Take-Two continues to retain the publishing rights to Duke Nukem Forever."

None of this, we're told in a statement by Apogee Software and Deep Silver, will affect the Duke Nukem Trilogy for PSP and DS.

"Deep Silver and Apogee Software are not affected by the situation at 3D Realms. Development on the Duke Nukem Trilogy is continuing as planned," explain the companies.

Duke Nukem Forever, a sequel to Duke Nukem 3D, was first announced in 1997. The game appeared to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel after 3D Realms co-founder George Broussard revealed the project had surged past another milestone last month.

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