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11 Aug, 2010

Duke Nukem Forever resurrected?

PALGN Rumour | The game that won't go away.
Duke Nukem Forever feels as though it has been in development forever, while in fact, the process only began in 1997. That was thirteen years ago and the never-ending saga continues today as to whether or not Duke will make his grand return.

A report from Kotaku suggests that Gearbox Software is now at the helm, famously known for the hugely successful Borderlands and the Brothers in Arms franchise. After the departure of 3D Realms last year, Duke Nukem Forever was cast aside once again. Despite the troublesome development cycle, there's now a chance that we could be seeing a demo before the end of the year.

The report confirmed that Take-Two Interactive still holds the publishing rights, but haven't made any comment relating to Duke Nukem Forever, while Gearbox Software has taken the same stance. Considering how many times development has collapsed, we suggest approaching this rumour cautiously. Is it ever going to be released? Who knows. We'll believe it when we see it.

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28 Comments
3 years ago
Gearbox would be a good fit considering the humour and style of Borderlands. Remains to be seen if they clean up the old code or start from scratch ... again ...
3 years ago
I supose it depends on how close to being finished it acctually was and on how much the graphics have dated. It'll tank if it can't cut it against current FPS titles.
3 years ago
Nothing wrong with this news! A) Gearbox proved themselves with Borderlands, and B) the PC gaming community can no longer function without DNF
3 years ago
Gearbox are the logical choice for DNF. They don't upgrade old graphics engines, they just chuck a cel-shade filter over it and put it on the shelves. Get that shit out there.
3 years ago
Good choice with Duke Nukem to go to Gearbox, now if only they can finish it.
3 years ago
Either this news or Someone should get the half finished game, cut some loose ends and release the half-baked version on steam, I'd buy it
3 years ago
Always bet on Duke.
3 years ago
I want to play this game within the next 1000 years. Please make that happen, Gearbox.
3 years ago
fuck yes. The leaked footage of Duke Forever looked awesome, and 3D is still the best FPS of all time (Fuck you're shit Halo and Half Life)

If they anounce Dr Proton is worked in in some way this will be the best news short of anouncing a Dungeon Keeper 3.
3 years ago
The leaked footage looked boring as bat**** and EXACTLY like Prey. They'll need to do something a little better than that if they want a half decent game to come out.
3 years ago
Sin Ogaris wrote
The leaked footage looked boring as bat**** and EXACTLY like Prey. They'll need to do something a little better than that if they want a half decent game to come out.
Man I thought this stuff looked cool


Mainly the way the pig monsters move about the levels and how they are handalling the first person as actually being first person instead of just being a floating camera with a gun.

That said I have never played prey so I can't comment on the similiarity.
3 years ago
the trailer i recall had monster truck in it ( not rage) , some of the stuff is really stylistic should be good.
3 years ago
Sin Ogaris wrote
The leaked footage looked boring as bat**** and EXACTLY like Prey. They'll need to do something a little better than that if they want a half decent game to come out.
apart from people not wanting to play duke just because of the FPS aspect.

Prey sucked massive ass, from what i saw it didnt handle and feel like prey.

That said, i dont care ( and im sure most people are with me ) if duke is like prey, because the main thing is the revival of the duke and just being in the same universe that Duke 3D made, his smartass quotes and being a true badass.
3 years ago
As long as they get rid of the shiny surfaces too. That is too early next gen.
3 years ago
Considering the Duke had a comedic take: Gearbox would be a good fit. They know how to give a unique feel to older engines. Even if the cycle repeats again and they start from scratch: it would be 3 years which is better than never.

Borderlands was my game of 2009, Gearbox have the "it" factor but can they achieve the impossible?
3 years ago
Colour me excited if true. No matter how long this game takes to come out if it does, I will LOVE to get me some new Duke motherfucking Nukem badass goodness icon_smile.gif
3 years ago
renegadesx wrote
Borderlands was my game of 2009, Gearbox have the "it" factor but can they achieve the impossible?
As long as they don't make Duke's environments as bland and lifeless as Borderlands. I mean Borderlands was fun and all, but it didn't feel like anyone actually lived or did anything real there. Whereas Duke3D had full on bars, strip clubs, shops and apartment buildings - complete with flushing toilets.
3 years ago
Dear interwebs, do you want to know *why* this game was delayed in the first place?

Because of people who comment on websites, about whether the graphics in Game X are "up to date" or not.

So what happenned? 3D Realms kept changing engines, to get to that mythical status of "up to date graphics". And we got no game.

Well, there's the thing. I want to play DNF... with whatever engine it has now.


  • The choice of engine doesn't make it more/less fun.
  • The number of triangles rendered per second doesn't make it more/less fun.
  • The size of the texture on the stripper's g-string doesn't make it more/less fun.


C'mon guys, putting pixels above gameplay is soooo 1997.
3 years ago
Mr_Staypuft wrote
Dear interwebs, do you want to know *why* this game was delayed in the first place?

Because of people who comment on websites, about whether the graphics in Game X are "up to date" or not.
Uh, see also every other game that's ever been previewed

There are many many more reasons why the game faltered and fucked up, and it's much much more involved then that. Mainly to do with incompetent managers and no one really having any fucking idea what was going on.
3 years ago
Don't forget that the guy who was making it was an idiot who basically wouldn't release DNF unless it was pretty much perfect. At least that's what I have read before.
3 years ago
Gamesta wrote
wouldn't release DNF unless it was pretty much perfect.
This. It had nothing to do with gamers wanting prettier pixels. The guys paying for it and designing it wanted it to be the ultimate game of all time that'll be unbeatable for eleventy billion years. To help achieve this goal, they licensed several different engines. Rather than investing in technology for the future, they'd license the current "in" engine and spend their time converting everything to that engine.

What I'd love to see is an in-depth look at the game's production similar to Gamespot's feature on Daikatana. Everyone who feels compelled to make snap judgements about DNF's actual development should read that to see some of the nightmares that actually can happen when over-confidence gets in the way of common sense.
3 years ago
Mr_Staypuft wrote
Dear interwebs, do you want to know *why* this game was delayed in the first place?

Because of people who comment on websites, about whether the graphics in Game X are "up to date" or not.

So what happenned? 3D Realms kept changing engines, to get to that mythical status of "up to date graphics". And we got no game.
The conspiracy theory is that 3D Realms just used DNF as a test bed for their friends over at Epic with the Unreal Engine. I don't really buy it though.
3 years ago
grim-one wrote
So what happenned? 3D Realms kept changing engines, to get to that mythical status of "up to date graphics". And we got no game.
The conspiracy theory is that 3D Realms just used DNF as a test bed for their friends over at Epic with the Unreal Engine. I don't really buy it though.[/quote]

Well considering it went through two engine itterations (First the Build Engine that duke 3d was built on, then the quake 2 engine) before it actually hit the Unreal engine I have my doubts.

I've also heard stories of the guy in charge walking in one day and going "Ok we need a snow level" because he saw a trailer for The Thing game, or playing half life and walking in going "Ok we need something like the intro for halflife"

Shit sounded crazy. I don't think anyone knew what the fuck was going on in that place.
3 years ago
Benza i think thats rumor ( made just for fun, part ) because like you pointed out there are other engine versions.

If you can find it on youtube, theres like 7min video's on each engine they used ( in game, afew cinematics )
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