Duke Nukem Forever has been in development since 1997. And the man who toiled away on that game for over a decade lost a bunch of cash. Tens of millions, apparently. Ouch.
Gearbox Software has taken the reigns of the game from its original developer 3D Realms. In May 2009, the world around Duke Nukem Forever crumbled as its developer imploded. "Duke was dead," says Gearbox's Randy Pitchford.