Gearbox Software Owns Duke Nukem... Forever.

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
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  • kingnoobe
    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.
  • stridervm
    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. :)
  • back_by_demand
    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.
  • Trashit
    If i wake up only to find out this has all been a dream im gonna be really pissed off
  • whiz
    I vote for the title of the article!
  • mauller07
    Im glad, many more years of arse kicking and bubblegum chewing to come :)
  • elbert
    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.
  • atk0309
    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.
  • Stifle
    "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.