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Gearbox Software Owns Duke Nukem... Forever.

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When do we get our Duke Nukem and Claptrap crossover?

Duke Nukem Forever isn't just Gearbox Software picking up the pieces from 3D Realms and making a shippable game out of it – it's a full rebirth.

Gearbox Software is the new owners of the Duke Nukem brand and the DNF game is just the first product that it is releasing. The developer announced over the weekend that it has acquired the full intellectual property rights of the Duke Nukem brand and all future projects in a cooperative deal made with 3D Realms.

"Fifteen years ago, Duke Nukem 3D helped launch my professional video game development career," said Randy Pitchford, President of Gearbox Software. "The Gearbox Software team and I are ecstatic that we have grown to a position to be able to pick up and carry the torch and help Duke rise back to glory in his time of need. Fans of the legendary hero and all the incredible talent that have ever helped him all deserve the very best support that we can bring. Please join me in supporting Duke in his triumphant return so that we may all enjoy the unique, one-in-million entertainment experience that only Duke Nukem can bring."

"Gearbox was handpicked as the new home for Duke Nukem because of their continued passion, commitment and long-time heritage with the brand and 3D Realms. Gearbox and Duke Nukem make for a devastating match made in video game heaven," commented Scott Miller, co-founder of 3D Realms. "The gaming community's love and demand for the Duke Nukem brand never wavered and Gearbox will not disappoint them. As you have seen from titles such as Borderlands, Gearbox will bring the right level of addictively compelling gameplay, humor and high powered explosive action to the franchise. Duke Nukem is back and will be bigger than ever."

"Gearbox was the only home appropriate for the Duke Nukem brand. They are very talented and possess the perfect perspective and understanding of the brand. Their vision for its future direction is exciting and unbelievable. I am personally cannot wait for fans to see their unique take on the franchise," said George Broussard, co-founder of 3D Realms. "This will be a win-win situation for everyone involved, especially the fans."

Duke Nukem Forever will be published by 2K Games, which has exclusive, long-term publishing rights to the game and is expected to launch in 2011 on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC.

As for what else Duke Nukem will be starring in after DNF, only Gearbox knows.

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    back_by_demand , September 7, 2010 10:40 AM
    idoln95first

    Loser!
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    stridervm , September 7, 2010 10:48 AM
    I actually didn't think Duke Nukem will get finished. Wow. It's like confirming an urban legend.... Hope it just plays well. With adult humor. :) 
  • 18 Hide
    back_by_demand , September 7, 2010 10:48 AM
    By the time this is released in 2011 it will have been a 15 year gap between games.

    I hope they don't screw it up like they did with Doom 3.
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  • 22 Hide
    back_by_demand , September 7, 2010 10:40 AM
    idoln95first

    Loser!
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    kingnoobe , September 7, 2010 10:46 AM
    You're not any better back.

    Personally while I hope gearbox does something with it.. Well it's Duke I'll believe it when I can buy it.
  • 21 Hide
    stridervm , September 7, 2010 10:48 AM
    I actually didn't think Duke Nukem will get finished. Wow. It's like confirming an urban legend.... Hope it just plays well. With adult humor. :) 
  • 18 Hide
    back_by_demand , September 7, 2010 10:48 AM
    By the time this is released in 2011 it will have been a 15 year gap between games.

    I hope they don't screw it up like they did with Doom 3.
  • 16 Hide
    Trashit , September 7, 2010 10:57 AM
    If i wake up only to find out this has all been a dream im gonna be really pissed off
  • 6 Hide
    whiz , September 7, 2010 11:01 AM
    I vote for the title of the article!
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    mauller07 , September 7, 2010 11:08 AM
    Im glad, many more years of arse kicking and bubblegum chewing to come :) 
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    elbert , September 7, 2010 11:32 AM
    Good news and with any luck Duke will have his witty comments. The one novel part of Duke was how he interacted with his environment.
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    atk0309 , September 7, 2010 11:36 AM
    elbertGood news and with any luck Duke will have his witty comments. The one novel part of Duke was how he interacted with his environment.

    It is gearbox who develops it.
    It is guaranteed to have bad ass comments. Borderlands had the best in-game character comments I have seen in a while.
    I am really hyped to see that exactly gearbox is behind the project now. My personal opinion is that it will fit their internal vision nicely. As for the fact that the game is long overdue ... c'mon we waiting for SC2 and now we are waiting for D3 almost as much. And we all know that as long as it is a good game it doesn't matter how much we rant we are going to buy it.
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    Stifle , September 7, 2010 11:44 AM
    "This will be a win-win situation for everyone involved..."
    15 years worth of underground nerd lore, countless conversational references to the ultimate, yet unknown, bad-ass protagonist...
    At least someone finally made some money by stringing us along behind this carrot of a game for so long. Lets hope "...Especially the fans" comes true and we don't all kick ourselves for being mouthwatering asses.
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    back_by_demand , September 7, 2010 12:07 PM
    I hope he still makes witty references to other FPS wannabe bad-asses
    Quote:
    "That's one doomed space marine"

    or
    Quote:
    "I aint afraid of no quake"

    So in 2011, will he make fun of Crysis? COD?
    Maybe Duke will sing a few bars from Jilted John to make fun of Half Life 2?
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    apache_lives , September 7, 2010 12:08 PM
    better then EA games f*****g everything me thinks
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    sagansrun , September 7, 2010 12:36 PM
    I hope they make fun of themselves during the gameplay. Such as references to vaporware, time in development, etc...
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    adikos , September 7, 2010 12:43 PM
    from the previews ive seen so far the duke nukem franchise will continue to stay funny and very adult oriented. im excited for the final product although i imagine my wife is less so.

    my favorite multiplayer map on old duke nukem 3d was the tram level, my friends and i used to play that map endlessly (and the hotel one? fahrenheit?)
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    belardo , September 7, 2010 12:51 PM
    Most likely will be released on NOV 2012...

    Then we'll see the sequel around 2030...
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    back_by_demand , September 7, 2010 1:01 PM
    adikosim excited for the final product although i imagine my wife is less so

    Funny how so many former DN3D players are all grown-up and married with kids, pushing 40, etc.
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    extremepcs , September 7, 2010 1:07 PM
    back_by_demandFunny how so many former DN3D players are all grown-up and married with kids, pushing 40, etc.


    HEY! I resemble that remark! :) 
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    xaero1ne , September 7, 2010 1:16 PM
    now that i've seen it in action, i want it!! cant wait for all the
    duke humor!
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    rocky1234 , September 7, 2010 1:41 PM
    I'm all for the adult humor & all but I hope they don't try to swear just because they can if used right it will be very funny but if they go over board with it then they will wreck the whole game exp. With that said bring it on baby we got some killin to do Duke style. I can hardly wait for this game to come out it has only been 15 years since the last one which is way to long for us to have to wait but at least it is almost here. :) 
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    thearm , September 7, 2010 1:50 PM
    "Please join me in supporting Duke in his triumphant return"

    I will not be doing so. I continue to think this is BS.
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