With 3D Realm’s demise last May, they left behind their latest creation, Duke Nukem Forever. With much back and forth as to who will pick up the project, Gearbox ended up taking saving the title from limbo. But 3D Realms, especially its co-founder didn’t go down without a fight. Gearbox’s boss, Randy Pitchford, a friend and old colleague of 3D Realm’s George Broussard and has told press in London that Broussard used quite a bit of his money to help in the making of Forever,
“George [Broussard] is not a poor man…but I would estimate that he lost 20 to 30 million dollars of his own money on Duke Nukem Forever…I don’t care who you are, that’s a hell of a lot of money. He was committed to Duke to the point of insanity. He decided he would rather have it burn that have a bad version of the game come out.”
And regarding the day 3D Realms closed? For Broussard it was “the worst day of my life.”
But now, I’m sure Broussard is happy to see that his title is getting in the works, preparing for a launch next year.