Speaking at an opening keynote for Pitchford: Brighton, Gearbox Studios CEO Randy Pitchford revealed that a new Duke Nukem game was under development.
Brighton told IGN
that Gearbox has begun early concept work for a new game and shared his intentions for the future of the series, which Duke Nukem Forever
almost single handily ruined:
“I did not acquire the franchise merely so we could all experience Duke Nukem Forever. That was the toll to pay to give Duke a chance. That said, I liked that game. We’ve done some concept development [for a new game] and I think the challenges are there.”
He also talked about the difficulties and expectation of reviving a series that has long been dormant, adding:
“Getting attention is one of the hardest things to do. In fact, that’s probably the biggest challenge that [Duke Nukem] Forever had. For 10 years, these guys promised that it was going to be the greatest game ever right? It was legendary in its vapourware status. So it has this particular pole of attention that makes it probably three or four times more famous than Borderlands as a franchise. Not necessarily from a gamer’s [perspective] that are really clued in to what’s going on in game development in the industry, but certainly among the greater whole community.”
He’s right. Released in 2011 after a lengthy 15 year development cycle, Duke Nukem Forever
was one of the worst and overhyped games ever made. Everyone and their dog hated the damn first-person shooter, a fate we wouldn’t wish on its successor.
What do you want to see in the new Duke Nukem game?