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Gearbox Software to Finish Duke Nukem Forever?

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Who wants to see Clap Trap in Duke Nukem Forever?

Duke Nukem Forever, while in limbo right now, isn't a completely dead project. Sure, work on it has been suspended due to the death of 3DRealms, but Take 2 owns all the assets publishing rights and probably doesn't want to throw it all away.

Who might pick up work on Duke Nukem Forever? According to Kotaku's sources, it could be Gearbox Software, which has a working relationship with Take 2 from last year's Borderlands.

Gearbox is supposedly picking up from where 3DRealms left off and will getting its name on the box with developer credit for its continued work. One source even told the gaming blog that it a playable demo will be available before the end of this year.

Gearbox should be no stranger to working on Duke Nukem, as the developer was originally set to develop the Duke Begins spinoff before it was scrapped.

Considering that some of the demo footage release from Duke Nukem Forever featured some of the same desert wasteland as found in Borderlands, the match with Gearbox could make the most sense.

 

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    TomsSound , August 12, 2010 12:26 PM
    No matter how good the game is, It won't be able to live up to the hype.
    I'll still buy it though :) 
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    Parrdacc , August 12, 2010 12:34 PM
    I saw the Duke at the store with Elvis. That's about what these stories and rumors amount too anymore.
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    elel , August 12, 2010 12:13 PM
    Another Duke Nukem rumor! Yay!
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  • 13 Hide
    elel , August 12, 2010 12:13 PM
    Another Duke Nukem rumor! Yay!
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    TomsSound , August 12, 2010 12:26 PM
    No matter how good the game is, It won't be able to live up to the hype.
    I'll still buy it though :) 
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    jamesedgeuk2000 , August 12, 2010 12:27 PM
    Er, DNF is still in development 3DR didn't die they just shut-down, their parent company Apogee is still going fine, 3DR fired the internal development team but are completing the project with outside work, and Take 2 don't have the authority to contract gearbox to work on the game anyway (tho 3DR could and may be using them to complete it)
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    Parrdacc , August 12, 2010 12:34 PM
    I saw the Duke at the store with Elvis. That's about what these stories and rumors amount too anymore.
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    kikireeki , August 12, 2010 12:38 PM
    sigh, Here we go again!
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    Tedders , August 12, 2010 12:38 PM
    jamesedgeuk2000Er, DNF is still in development 3DR didn't die they just shut-down, their parent company Apogee is still going fine, 3DR fired the internal development team but are completing the project with outside work, and Take 2 don't have the authority to contract gearbox to work on the game anyway (tho 3DR could and may be using them to complete it)

    Source?
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    burnley14 , August 12, 2010 12:40 PM
    Looks like Borderlands 2.0 to me. Kinda disappointing.
  • 4 Hide
    isamuelson , August 12, 2010 12:58 PM
    Do we really care anymore?
  • 6 Hide
    gorehound , August 12, 2010 1:02 PM
    duke nukem was sited in a porn theater in boston recently.
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    yzfr1guy , August 12, 2010 1:05 PM
    The title says it all, Forever!! This title has been forever in the works and if completed it's going to equal a 10 year old looking turd of a game. the graphics look like a cross between Tribes II and the mentioned Borderlands. I wouldn't even let my dogs pee on this game...
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    tommysch , August 12, 2010 1:07 PM
    Maybe they will release it by 2020.
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    thearm , August 12, 2010 1:12 PM
    Man, I wish people and the media would just ignore Duke Nukem stores and just assume it's a big lie. That's what it is, hence the name 'forever.'
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    maigo , August 12, 2010 1:24 PM
    I wouldn't mind if Gearbox did
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    joebob2000 , August 12, 2010 1:35 PM
    So a Half life 2 clone? Coming in 2011? Maybe by then I will have forgotten about the original Half Life 2. Where are the strip club levels we were promised???
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    C00lIT , August 12, 2010 1:42 PM
    Meh, too little too late now so... I don't expect much out of it.

    How can it even compete against the likes of

    -Halflife2, Metro2033 and so on... those are just 2 titles that I enjoyed out of a saturated market.

    It has to be quite epic and with the help of that damn Title of Duke Nukem... it has a small chance but don't think they will make it into solid gold.
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    warezme , August 12, 2010 1:54 PM
    Duke Nukem Fornever, I still want to play.
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    Trashit , August 12, 2010 1:58 PM
    If this does eventually happen it'll be awesome! Borderlands is up there on the list with my all time favourite games, and the humour in that game is right on par with good ol' Duke. Even if they just make a Borderlands with different skin you wont hear me complaining :) 
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    cknobman , August 12, 2010 2:13 PM
    This is kinda like Diablo 3. Gets delayed and drug along so much that you just start not to really give a frack anymore.
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    cptnjarhead , August 12, 2010 2:54 PM
    If they keep waiting... it will be a new franchise, because no one will have even heard of it!
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    spanspace , August 12, 2010 3:04 PM
    Don't care. This game is already behind in technology.
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