A lot of staffers at id were "really surprised and saddened" to hear their long-time friends ran out of financial steam. Ex-3DR devs "could" land spots at id Software, "really talented guys".
"For me it was personally sad. I know a lot of people at the studio (id) were really surprised and saddened for sure. We had originally moved to Dallas because Apogee, who morphed into 3D Realms, was our original publisher. So id might not even be in Dallas and a lot of us wouldn’t even be working in the games industry if it wasn’t for Apogee and 3D Realms," Steve Nix told , id Software’s director of business development.
"So I know for me personally I thought it was a joke when I heard the other day. So definitely, extremely saddened and surprising that those guys aren’t there and we may never see the game we were all looking forward to."
A life line may exist for some of the developers now leaving the 3D Realms workplace, id Software are looking to hire reminds Nix. "Well, there are some pretty talented people over there, we’re still hiring so, we’ll see."
"There are some really talented guys in there so it very well could happen that some of them end up at id," he said. 3D Realms continues to battle publisher Take-Two who accuses them of breaching contract, and effectively being negligent with development time and resources.
Duke Nukem Forever remains in limbo, possibly until time itself throws in the towel.