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3D Realms revives Earth No More with crowdfunding, new developer

3D Realms is coming back with a crowdfunded post-apocalyptic first-person shooter. The studio behind Duke Nukem 3D and parts of Duke Nukem Forever is co-producing with an unannounced developer for Earth No More according to Eurogamer, and will soon open the project for funding on games-centric crowdfunding site Gambitious.

The game, which depicts an Earth violently responding to humanity's indiscriminate environmental exploitation, was originally slated for release in 2009 but was lost in a mire of shifting developers and financial issues. The intellectual property is owned by Radar Group, where 3D Realms founder Scott Miller is chief creative officer. Miller also serves on Gambitious' five-person advisory board.

The developer has done several collaborations in the past, with Max Payne and Prey both partially attributed to 3D Realms along with Remedy Entertainment and Human Head Studios, respectively.

3 comments

  • DrJanitor - September 26, 2012 10:39 a.m.

    3D Realms, huh? I look forward to playing this in a decade or so... ;)
  • thorvath - September 26, 2012 1:38 a.m.

    Frankly this whole Kickstarter fad is a bit sketchy. In the post where the management added some requirements regarding risks and challenges a project faces they voiced what I've long thought at least regarding video game Kickstarters: a lot of people think it's a store and they are just plopping down pre-orders. Now I haven't read the fine print so maybe I'm completely off base... but what happens if it doesn't pan out. Say they can't pull it off like the Ouya naysayers claim. Do you get a refund? If they go bankrupt what kind of protection do you have on that investment? That's not even mentioning petty concerns like what if the game gets delayed or turns out to be crap? Pretty sure you won't be able to just return it. It will be interesting to see how this all goes down a few years from now. Tim Schafer better planning a good ending for that game, people were trying to drum up a class action suit against Bioware over ME3... now imagine if those same people had actually funded development. In general I think it's a great concept and with trusted devs you are probably making a safe bet. With a dev like 3D Realms, who apparently have spent the last 10+ years and untold sums of cash on Ferraris and hookers rather than on the actual game they were paid to produce, not so much. TBH I'm nearly inclined to flat out label this a scam... it's doubtful they'll ever get a big time publisher to invest in them again and they still got those car payments lol. Most of the previous game devs that showed up on Kickstarter have been "underfunded but critically acclaimed" not "desperate and the running gag of the industry"
  • robertpopovic - September 25, 2012 11:44 a.m.

    Oh wow, I thought that 3dRealms was done and over. Still, the irony in them picking up a game that has been in development hell for a bit :D

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