At this point, we probably don't need to explain why Gearbox Software is reaching out to anyone that has previously worked on the upcoming shooter Duke Nukem Forever. However, for the uninitiated, the game took over fourteen years to complete and has likely accrued a massive list of talent that made some sort of contribution over the years.
That said, Gearbox Software--the developer that took over the highly-anticipated game after 3D Realms shut its doors back in 2009--has launched a website seeking out those very people who have helped Duke Nukem return to the spotlight after originally crashing into the FPS scene back in 1996. We've waited a long, long, long, long time for Duke's return, and Gearbox wants everyone to know who made it happen no matter the size of the contribution.
"Duke Nukem Forever is legendary in its development cycle," the site reads. "Over the years, the game has been in the hands of several publishers, and many developers have come through the doors of 3D Realms that may have contributed in some way to the game. As the studio responsible for Duke Nukem Forever, it is our desire to recognize and acknowledge the people who have in some way been a part of the legacy and evolution of the game."
The submittal form contains two pages and asks for information like company name, supervisor name, job title, affiliation to the game and other personal information. Given the unusually long developmental cycle, it will be hard to imagine the size of the game's physical manual if Gearbox plans to publish every single name associated with the project.
Maybe 2K Games should use really tiny print.