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Old 08-11-2010, 07:05 AM   #1
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[Rumor] Gearbox Working on Duke Nukem Forever?

A part of my brain can't really comprehend that in August of 2010 I'm still writing stories about Duke Nukem Forever. When developer 3D Realms imploded under the weight of lawsuits and lowered expectations, I thought it was finally the end of the saga. Until today.

According to Kotaku's anonymous sources, 2K Games has given over development to the long, long, long in the coming Duke Nukem Forever to Gearbox (Borderlands, Brothers in Arms, Aliens: Colonial Marines). Earlier this year Gearbox confirmed that at one point they had been developing Duke Begins, a since canceled prequel to the series. Now they've been tasked with completing one of the most infamous games of all time.

Both 2K Games and Gearbox declined to comment on the rumor, but Gearbox head Randy Pitchford indicated that the matter may be cleared up at PAX Prime early next month.

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Old 08-11-2010, 07:28 AM   #2
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The problem, obviously, was never the game itself, but 3DRealms. If Gearbox has the reigns I'm sure they'll finish it quick. In fact, I would be that they wouldn't even show anything unless they had a fair bit of work done already.
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:40 AM   #3
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God, please no. Just let the fucking IP die already.
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:41 AM   #4
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God, please no. Just let the fucking IP die already.
I guess the hardest part about this is we're being forced to play it.

I can't fucking wait to be forced.
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:47 AM   #5
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I will repeat the comment I made over on RockPaperShotgun when they reported on it earlier:

God, we will never be free of this fucking game.

Duke was never a good enough idea to be worth all this bullshit. He was barely a good enough idea to be worth Duke3D.
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:50 AM   #6
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I'm more worried that the suck that is DNF will take down Gearbox with it.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:17 AM   #7
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DNF is a blood thirsty black hole that ends anyone who has contact with it. Say goodbye to Gearbox. They are the next helpless souls to be sucked in.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:21 AM   #8
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The awesome thing about this post is a total lack of Broussard. Other than that: meh.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:24 AM   #9
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Man...it's like we've played DNF. Where can I play it? I'd like to know if it sucks so I can just ignore news posts about it.

And I'm surprised at anyone who didn't like Duke3D. Maybe now it wouldn't be so hot, but at the time it was fucking amazing.

If the gameplay is there, I don't care.
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Man...it's like we've played DNF. Where can I play it? I'd like to know if it sucks so I can just ignore news posts about it.

And I'm surprised at anyone who didn't like Duke3D. Maybe now it wouldn't be so hot, but at the time it was fucking amazing.

If the gameplay is there, I don't care.
Do you really think the gameplay will be there after all this time and different developers?
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Do you really think the gameplay will be there after all this time and different developers?
Maybe, but now that gearbox has it? God no. Die Gearbox Die.
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Maybe, but now that gearbox has it? God no. Die Gearbox Die.

My love for Borderlands makes me want to murder you for saying that. Good thing I've already reached my weekly kill count.
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And I'm surprised at anyone who didn't like Duke3D. Maybe now it wouldn't be so hot, but at the time it was fucking amazing.

If the gameplay is there, I don't care.
There were things about it that blew my mind when it came out, sure, but they weren't things about the character, or the story, or the world. They were things like weapon design, level interactivity, and the fact that it was faking 3D better than anything else faking 3D at the time. And strippers, I guess.

Regardless, all things that many other games very quickly picked up on, and have come along to do as well or better in the near-decade-and-a-half since. The list of games that did what Half-Life did as well as Half-Life very nearly starts and ends with Half-Life 2. The list of games that have done what Duke 3D did as well as Duke 3D is, I think, considerably longer.

It might somehow end up being a fine game worth the purchase price. But it could be the best balls-out FPS ever made and I still wouldn't think it was worth the time, money, and teeth-gnashing that's gone into it over 14 years.
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Wait a minute... isn't "DNF" used a short form way of saying "Did Not Finish" in racing games?! Wow, that is hilarious!

I just hope this game doesn't take Gearbox down with it. If it does, I'm going to write a horror novel about it. I claim first rights!!
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You guys are bitching because there might be a possibility that Gearbox, the makers of the awesome Borderlands, is working on the next Duke game. How the hell is that an issue for you guys? I don't care what you think of the Duke games, if anyone were to work on a Duke game then it would have to be Gearbox.

I hope this happens, not only because I like Gearbox games but because I want some Duke.
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You guys are bitching because there might be a possibility that Gearbox, the makers of the awesome Borderlands, is working on the next Duke game. How the hell is that an issue for you guys? I don't care what you think of the Duke games, if anyone were to work on a Duke game then it would have to be Gearbox.

I hope this happens, not only because I like Gearbox games but because I want some Duke.
IN theory putting them on DNF could delay Borderlands 2. That's about the only possible negative for me. But I think the studio has grown to the point that it may not be an issue.
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Also, what I find highly ironic is that is been over 10 years since Diablo II, yet no one is treating Diablo III the same way. Sure, we've been given playable snippets, but do we have an even general date? No. At this rate, Diablo III will match DNF's dev time, and no one will even blink.
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I hope this happens, not only because I like Gearbox games but because I want some Duke.
I wish I could thumbs-up this comment.

Seriously, I think that with Borderlands, Gearbox shows that they are capable of making an extremely fun FPS with a great sense of humor. Add a dash of misogyny and I smell a fantastic Duke game cooking in their kitchen.

dash? more like truck load
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It might somehow end up being a fine game worth the purchase price. But it could be the best balls-out FPS ever made and I still wouldn't think it was worth the time, money, and teeth-gnashing that's gone into it over 14 years.
Well, at this point it's just a different game. Whatever went on during those 14 years...if it affects gameplay or not, I personally don't care. When the end product is here, I'm willing to give it a go. With the humor injected in Borderlands, that coupled with more of the raunchy style of Duke, I have less doubts. I actually have no doubts really - the first game was great and GB didn't want to put out a game unless he was 100% fine with it - and he never was.

It's like Michael Bay making a movie. He might be good at making films, but when the production studio allows him to do everything (no other minds at work) it can turn into a mess. See SW Episode 1-3. Gearbox is a great choice. They can make squad-based tactical WWII FPS's and a co-op Diablo clone in the first-person. It's impressive.
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