UPDATED 6:45 PM PST: Take-Two Interactive has released a statement regarding the reports of 3D Realms' current situation to TheFeed.
The publisher would not comment on the health of the studio, but simply reiterated its publishing rights to Duke Nukem Forever and said its agreement with 3D Realms did not include providing funding for the project.
"It is the Company's policy to not comment on its contractual relationships, nor do we comment on rumors and speculation," said Alan Lewis, VP of corporate communications and public affairs for Take-Two, in an e-mailed statement to TheFeed. "That said, 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. In addition, Take-Two continues to retain the publishing rights to Duke Nukem Forever."
As it stands, if Duke Nukem Forever is to be published, whether it's through 3D Realms or another studio, it has to happen through Take-Two, according to the publisher's statement.
All that remains is 3D Realms' side of the story.
UPDATED 5:43PM PST: Neither 3D Realms nor Take-Two Interactive have commented on the reports about 3D Realms' reported demise, but someone else has.
Deep Silver and Apogee Software just issued a statement saying the "situation at 3D Realms" will not affect the development of its announced Duke Nukem Trilogy planned for the DS and PSP.
"Deep Silver and Apogee Software are not affected by the situation at 3D Realms. Development on the Duke Nukem Trilogy is continuing as planned," reads the official statement received by TheFeed.
Stay tuned for more.
ORIGINAL STORY: We've waited more than a decade for 3D Realms to let us play Duke Nukem Forever, and now it's looking like we never will. Shacknews has published a story with insider sources reporting 3D Realms is being shut down, unpleasant information that TheFeed has separately heard, too.
As of this writing, however, no one from the company has stepped forward.
I've contacted both 3D Realms co-owner and president George Broussard, co-owner and CEO Scott Miller and publisher Take-Two Interactive, but have yet to hear back from any parties. 3D Realms has made no comment on the several message board threads about the topic on their official website, nor commented on any of the company's Twitter accounts.
No other details about 3D Realm' situation or the fate of the never-ending Duke Nukem Forever are currently available. As soon as we know more, you'll know it, too.