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Duke Nukem Forever in Comeback of the Century?


Duke Nukem Forever in Comeback of the Century?

There can’t be many games that started development in the last century but Duke Nukem Forever is one of them. Now the game, which was first announced in 1997, and has since turned into the most famous piece of vapourware ever has out of blue received an actual release date.

It seems that Gearbox software, which first rose to fame creating expansion packs for Half-Life, announced last week at the Penny Arcade expo that it had picked up the rights and claims that the finished title will finally appear ‘some time in 2011’. The Publisher will be 2K Games.

Two levels of the game were allegedly shown to show attendees though no video was released to the online world.

Image courtesy of Wired.

Duke Nukem was the hero of a series of first-person shooter games from the 1990s famed for its graphic imagery, violence and crude language, which were all pretty controversial at the time. Duke’s cocky swagger and gung-ho attitude were strictly from the Schwarzenegger and Stallone school of subtlety, but with the film The Expendables proving to be a surprisingly well received return for the 80s/90s knuckleheads of cinema, Duke’s return to the gaming arena could be suitably timely.

"All great things take time... a lot of time," Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K, said in the press release. "After a hiatus from the video game world, Duke Nukem is back and better than ever. The return of the King from the glory days of shooters will satisfy our patient, die-hard fans, as well as a new generation of bubble gum-chewing, flat top and shades-wearing bad-asses. Make no mistake about it - Duke Nukem Forever is a testament to the era of when shooters were bodacious and fun."

Of course, the last time we at TrustedReviews hailed Duke Nukem Forever’s imminent arrival was almost five years ago – so if you are a hopeful fan, breath holding is not advised.

Link: www.dukenukem.com


September 6, 2010, 9:37 pm

Awesome, just Awesome! This will be ones of those back to the future titles we can all enjoy!... If it employs some of the "Matt Hazard" style of commentry then it will be a winner on all fronts.


September 6, 2010, 9:46 pm

You should really clarify something. Duke Nukem began in a series of side scrolling platformers (in the Commander Keen type style - I would probably wet myself if they modernised that series) - he's only starred in one FPS I think, just several versions of that game.


September 7, 2010, 12:00 am

Filed under see it when I believe it.


September 7, 2010, 12:01 am

Or rather, believe it when I see it?


September 7, 2010, 12:01 am

The original Duke 3D was released before I had a PC but a few of my mates had the shareware of this and quake installed on their machines. Both games came out around the same time I think but Duke definitively stood out more to me despite the poorer graphics. It was certainly unique for it's time and was damn good fun. Me and my mates played that shareware version to death.

It wasn't till years later I played through the whole game on the playstation. Oh my god what a bag of crap that port was.

I trust Gearbox will make a solid game and i'm looking forward to playing it. Hopefully the PC will be the lead platform to.


September 7, 2010, 12:27 am

It's really courageous and a bit mad of Gearbox to do this. They aren't even doing the whole game, they're just connecting the dots that 3DRealms came up with in all this eternity. An aweful risk to take, especially if you consider that the precious little video material that has been available since the collapse of 3DRealms, including the latest Demo clips, indicate, that DNF is your run-in-the-mill FPS. When weighed against everything that happened in the last 12 years, it seems impossible to be a satisfactory game.

Duke3D was an awe-inspiring game in 1996, the videos from E3 98 indicated that DNF was headed in the same direction. I don't think the Duke deserves his last hooray in some average FPS.


September 7, 2010, 12:08 pm

"Two levels of the game were allegedly shown to show attendees though no video was released to the online world"

You should do a little Googling, I've seen numerous over-the-shoulder videos of people playing the demo at PAX, there's no allegedly about it!

I'm currently hooked on my second playthrough of Borderlands, if Gearbox can do half as good of a job with this title then my high hopes shall be met :)

@Jones - Snap, the Commander Keen games were some of the first games I played on my first PC. Good times :)


September 7, 2010, 1:17 pm

If it is like Serious Sam it will do fine imo. If it tries to be anything other than an OTT shooter, it will be a massive failure.


September 7, 2010, 4:32 pm

@Simon - I dont think you need to worry about it not being OTT!!! Some guy at IGN has had a wee play at it. Seems to be shaping up nicely. It wont be anything spectacular but for the older gamers amongst us we will love it. "Groovy!"

@Cub - I think I pulled my first keyboard breaking tantrum at Commander Keen. Nothing in comparison to the number of mice I broke over Champ Man/Footy Manager though.


September 7, 2010, 5:45 pm

Fond memories of Duke 3D... was king of the lunchtime LAN deathmatch at work in the 90's until Unreal Tournament came along and took things to a different level.

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