Randy Pitchford, Gearbox Studios boss, wants to bring Duke Nukem back! This time he wishes to collaborate with another game studio. Mr. Pitchford was speaking at a game developers conference, and shared that Gearbox was contemplating a revival of Duke Nukem soon after the completion of Duke Nukem Forever. He did mention that to do so, the company would need the help of an outside development team to help with the project. That is the key factor before moving forward in development on the new game.
Randy Pitchford told Eurogamer “I did not acquire the franchise merely so people could experience Duke Nukem Forever. That was, sort of, the toll to pay to give Duke Nukem a chance at a future.” He continues, “So yes. In fact, we’ve done some concept development. The challenge is that Gearbox is very busy. A faster way would be if the correct developer would become interested and we’d work with them.”
Duke Nukem Forever, while overall viewed as disappointing; Gearbox did get praise for finishing up a project that was considered one of the more troubled developments in gaming history. Gearbox was able to complete what was left. Sadly, what was there was poor to begin with.
Mr. Pitchford commented on this “That’s probably one of the biggest problems Forever had – for 10 years it was promised as the greatest game that would ever be made. It was legendary in its vapourware status. So it had a particular pole of attention.”
Gearbox has collaborated in the past. Unfortunately, it was for the critically-panned shooter Aliens: Colonial Marines, which was co-developed by TimeGate Studios. Aliens: Colonial Marines when release gained reviewer, and public admonishment. Even resulting in a class-action lawsuit claiming fraudulent advertising. A suit, that Gearbox has recently won. Shortly after the release of Aliens: Colonial Marines, TimeGate Studio declared bankruptcy.
So, are you still interested in a new Duke Nukem game? Let me know in the comments.