Dallas, TX, December 05, 2000 -- Developer-driven computer and video game publisher Gathering of Developers (g.o.d.) announced today that the company has acquired the PC publishing rights for the highly anticipated Duke Nukem Forever game, as part of a broad reaching deal made by Gathering's parent company Take Two Interactive and former Duke Nukem publisher Infogrames. Duke Nukem Forever is being developed by 3D Realms and will be released by Gathering of Developers in the second half of 2001.
In addition to Duke Nukem Forever, Take Two has acquired the complete catalog of already-released Duke Nukem products for multiple platforms including PC, Playstation, Nintendo 64, and Nintendo Game Boy/Game Boy Color as well as certain rights to future products.
"As we have been committed to publishing cutting-edge games, it's obvious that Duke Nukem Forever belongs on the g.o.d. label," said Mike Wilson, CEO of Gathering. "Between this game and Max Payne, 3D Realms will be regarded as the undisputed king of both first-and third-person shooters by the end of next year. To be part of that has been a dream of Gathering's since our inception."
Taking place in and around Las Vegas, Duke Nukem Forever is the latest game in the incredibly popular Duke Nukem series and will feature Duke's infamous off-the-wall wisecracks. Using Epic Games' Unreal engine, Duke Nukem Forever strongly pushes the limits of gaming and gameplay for the first-person action genre, establishing new standards in interactivity, variety and pure fun. In keeping with the cinematic aspirations of 3D Realms, the game will be one of the first to support wide screen format and Dolby Digital surround sound.
3D Realms is also developing, in conjunction with Remedy Entertainment, the highly anticipated Max Payne. A hard-core 3D-action shooter with a gritty, unfolding storyline, Max Payne places gamers in the role as a lone hero who goes up against a horde of stone-cold murdering mobsters, drug-enhanced killers, bad cops, professional assassins, corrupt politicians, and other diabolical masterminds lurking in New York City's seedy underworld.
"Chicks. That's what I like about Mike and his god gig," said a smiling Duke as he chomped on his cigar. "It's nice to be hooked up with an organization with similar tastes. Hail to the new king, baby."
About 3D Realms
3D Realms Entertainment, a division of Apogee Software, Ltd., founded in 1987 and headquartered in Garland, TX, develops and manages the development of 3D software entertainment for the PC and consoles, and is best known for the best-selling Duke Nukem series. To learn more about 3D Realms and its games, visit http://www.3drealms.com.
About Gathering of Developers
Founded in Dallas, TX in January 1998, Gathering of Developers is a developer-driven computer and video game publishing company, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc (NASDAQ: TTWO). The company's mission is to be the worldwide leader in the development and delivery of commercially successful computer and video game software designed for a range of platforms. The company's pioneering partners are industry leaders and proven hit makers 3D Realms, Epic Games, PopTop Software, Ritual Entertainment, Terminal Reality Inc and Edge of Reality. For more information visit Gathering of Developers Web site at http://www.godgames.com.