Gearbox Owns the Duke

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Gearbox Owns the Duke

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Gearbox has revealed that it's not just finishing Duke Nukem Forever, it's bought the full rights to the brand and "all future projects" featuring the Duke.

The theoretical possibility that Duke Nukem Forever might actually be translated from legendary internet meme to real-live videogame at some point within the next 12 months or so is exciting, albeit perhaps somewhat ironically so, but for die-hard fans of the franchise (and is there any other kind at this point?) this news is even better: Gearbox Software isn't just picking up after the Duke, it now owns him.

Gearbox was "hand-picked as the new home for Duke Nukem," according to 3D Realms co-founder Scott Miller, "because of their continued passion, commitment and long-time heritage with the brand and 3D Realms." Gearbox co-founder Randy Pitchford began his career at 3D Realms, working on the Plutonium Pak expansion for Duke Nukem 3D in 1996 along with the somewhat less-well-received FPS Shadow Warrior.

"Gearbox was the only home appropriate for the Duke Nukem brand," added Miller's 3D Realms partner George Broussard. "This will be a win-win situation for everyone involved, especially the fans."

The only "win" for gamers at this point is the fact that the world's foremost alien ass-kicker is finally in the hands of a studio that can actually finish a game. Beyond that, it's impossible to say where this non-stop debacle is headed; Gearbox appears to have big plans, referring to DNF as "the first product to be available under the Duke Nukem brand," but first they have to salvage enough interest in the game to make sure it's also not the last. Duke Nukem Forever is expected to launch sometime in 2011 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but I'll believe it when I see it.

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THE DUKE LIVES!

Wow, I'd never thought I'd see the day. It's a Dukevolution!

"...but for die-hard fans of the franchise (and is there any other kind at this point?)"

Well played sir, well played.

"Salvage enough interest in the game".

From what I understand, almost everyone on the internet will buy this game.

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I trust Gearbox with this.

Irridium:
"Salvage enough interest in the game".

From what I understand, almost everyone on the internet will buy this game.

I'd say that a long wait, cancelling it and then returning with a different developer "salvages enough interest in the game".

lolwtf?!
Nobody owns the Duke!

I guess maybe Yahtzee will get a chance to do a second pass on the review for this one

Irridium:
"Salvage enough interest in the game".

From what I understand, almost everyone on the internet will buy this game.

DVSAurion:

I'd say that a long wait, cancelling it and then returning with a different developer "salvages enough interest in the game".

I doubt many will buy this game, unless alot of reviews say its awesome beyond HL2, or some such. Which is doubtful, as it strongly seems to be a brown generic FPS.

Can't wait to kick some atomic ass. Plutonium yeah.

If they own the entire brand does that mean they own all the older games too?

I'd like to see more on XBLA.

If you've played Borderlands, you know Gearbox is up to this challenge. They know the sense of humor required to pull off Douk, and they won't take this opportunity lightly.

Always bet on Gearbox

Fuck yea Im excited for this game. Anyone whose not is either lying or playing Final Fantasy and they dont understand the humor of late 80's early 90's action movies. Back when men were men and when smoking cigarettes wasn't a crime punishable by death and when no one listens to pussies like the Clinton's when they would berate violent video games.

Shun the nonbelievers

Shycte:
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I trust Gearbox with this.

Is it just me, or does this look a bit like the shorter brother from Supernatural? not sam, the other one...dean?

From what I gather, most of DNF is already done, so the game we'll see will be the work of 3drealms for the most part. Gearbox is just finishing it up.

If the game sucks, I hope people won't direct their rage at gearbox.

Doug:

Irridium:
"Salvage enough interest in the game".

From what I understand, almost everyone on the internet will buy this game.

DVSAurion:

I'd say that a long wait, cancelling it and then returning with a different developer "salvages enough interest in the game".

I doubt many will buy this game, unless alot of reviews say its awesome beyond HL2, or some such. Which is doubtful, as it strongly seems to be a brown generic FPS.

The majority of people like generic FPS games. That's why they sell. Duke Nukem is a generic FPS with LOTS of publicity. Therefor, it is likely to sell.

snowplow:
From what I gather, most of DNF is already done, so the game we'll see will be the work of 3drealms for the most part. Gearbox is just finishing it up.

If the game sucks, I hope people won't direct their rage at gearbox.

Im pretty sure they will go through and fix it up, one of the guys who owns the rights was one of the first guys on the DN bandwagon when it was a platformer

Doug:

Irridium:
"Salvage enough interest in the game".

From what I understand, almost everyone on the internet will buy this game.

DVSAurion:

I'd say that a long wait, cancelling it and then returning with a different developer "salvages enough interest in the game".

I doubt many will buy this game, unless alot of reviews say its awesome beyond HL2, or some such. Which is doubtful, as it strongly seems to be a brown generic FPS.

12 years of hype from an awesome series of games.
Its going to sell like crack in detroit

Nothing much of interest...except...

They own rights to SHADOW WARRIOR! HELL YEAH! My bro and me loved that game even moreso than the Duke. "You no mess with Lo Wang!!" :)

Interesting

Yahtzee┬┤s review was the winner on the "ZP: choice award"

does it means he will review it... again??

guess the devs actually saved some before the collapse of space-time when Yahtzee played it.

AND WHO ELSE REALLY THINK THIS IS JUST THE MOST ELABORATE PRANK IN THE WHOLE HISTORY OF VIDEO GAMES!?

when the Devs are dead, in their gravestones it will say "Duke Nukem comming out NEXT YEAR"

or probably "WE ARE PLAYING IT RIGHT NOW SUCKERS!!!"

or something along those lines...

anyone else want to elaborate on that joke?? (ha)

When I think Gearbox, I think Opposing Force.

I've got a good feeling about this.

Irridium:
"Salvage enough interest in the game".

From what I understand, almost everyone on the internet will buy this game.

I can understand why people will want to buy the most infamous game in the market's history.
But any future sequels will have to stand on their own merits, and I can only see that happening if DNF doesn't suck.

Andy Chalk:
Duke Nukem Forever is expected to launch sometime in 2011 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but I'll believe it when I see it.

Thank you!

and if it doesn't, it still will go down in history as 'DNF' as in Did Not Finish.

Duke's in good hands with Gearbox, given the strict diet I have right now of Borderlands and how awesome Opposing Force was, they can pull it off much better than 3D Realms ever did and they can actually release a game on time.

Doug:

Irridium:
"Salvage enough interest in the game".

From what I understand, almost everyone on the internet will buy this game.

DVSAurion:

I'd say that a long wait, cancelling it and then returning with a different developer "salvages enough interest in the game".

I doubt many will buy this game, unless alot of reviews say its awesome beyond HL2, or some such. Which is doubtful, as it strongly seems to be a brown generic FPS.

Doesn't brown generic FPS's sell pretty well these days?

Andy Chalk:
Gearbox Owns the Duke

Beyond that, it's impossible to say where this non-stop debacle is headed; Gearbox appears to have big plans, referring to DNF ....

DNF doesn't that stand for did not finish?

"...but I'll believe it when I see it."

good call

they could change to the title to like...Duke Nukem Returns (or Duke Nukem NOW...or Decade of Deliverance)

Gearbox is a good team but I hope they don't take this as an opportunity to mess around with Duke Nukem too much.

They make it sound like Duke Nukem is some stellar franchise up there with the greats like Super Mario. Did I miss something? Last time I checked Duke Nukem was never that good.

Can't wait for this game. From what I've seen of the PAX demo, this game looks hilarious and awesome at the same time.

DVSAurion:

Doug:

Irridium:
"Salvage enough interest in the game".

From what I understand, almost everyone on the internet will buy this game.

DVSAurion:

I'd say that a long wait, cancelling it and then returning with a different developer "salvages enough interest in the game".

I doubt many will buy this game, unless alot of reviews say its awesome beyond HL2, or some such. Which is doubtful, as it strongly seems to be a brown generic FPS.

The majority of people like generic FPS games. That's why they sell. Duke Nukem is a generic FPS with LOTS of publicity. Therefor, it is likely to sell.

True...

JWAN:

12 years of hype from an awesome series of games.
Its going to sell like crack in detroit

Well, not so much 'hype' as a saga of mismanagement and vapourwarism.

teisjm:

Doesn't brown generic FPS's sell pretty well these days?

See first comment ;)

Duke Nukem is going to tank, why bother?

A passion for it?
Worked earlier on it?

Please treat Duke well and don't whimp out like most corps these days.
Treating the franchise good like the good ol DN3D and we'll all <3

It would have felt better with Epic games manning the wheel of such an testosteron packed franschise but I guess Gearbox will do too.

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