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Duke Nukem Forever Back In Development

Soulskill posted more than 3 years ago | from the yeah-this-again dept.

Classic Games (Games) 356

An anonymous reader writes "'Always bet on Duke.' It seems he was right about himself, at least. The longest, most storied in-development game in history seems like it's finally going to be released by Gearbox Software sometime within the next year. 'According to Pitchford, Gearbox began finishing Duke Nukem Forever in late 2009. "Clearly the game hadn't been finished at 3D Realms but a lot of content had been created," he says. "The approach and investment and process at 3D Realms didn't quite make it, and it cracked at the end. With Gearbox Software we brought all those pieces together. It's the game it was meant to be." The game is currently expected to ship in 2010 although given its history Pitchford is understandably reluctant to be more specific.'"

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HAHAHA! (2, Insightful)

morari (1080535) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466838)

The Duke Nukem cycle continues. Just wait until "2011" slips into "2013" and so forth...

Re:HAHAHA! (1, Interesting)

odies (1869886) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467092)

It's actually being developed by a company that can finish games now. 3D Realms, along other fun stuff, had strippers dancing in motion capture devices and were just messing around with the game. Sure they must had have fun, but they completely lacked direction or management. Now it can actually finish.

Re:HAHAHA! (1)

camperslo (704715) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467378)

Hardware has advanced quite a bit over the years. Perhaps they (or someone licensed/contracted to do so) could create viable mobile versions. There certainly is a large potential user base between iOS and Android.

So what will it be? Which desktop OSes, consoles, and/or mobile devices may see this game?
The article lacked coverage of that important point. They did say this:

"Randy Pitchford, CEO of Gearbox Software, says an announcement regarding the future of the IP would be made on Sunday at the company's panel at the video game convention PAX 2010, which is being held in Seattle, Washington."

So maybe gamers will have more concrete news Sunday? I think the mobile platforms are a very attractive target. They certainly could reach many users very quickly, and without the delay and manufacturing costs of shipping associate with brick and mortar retail.
But can/will a quality product be coded soon???

Re:HAHAHA! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33467460)

From what I understand, the developers were miserable on that project. They were told to re-implement the same thing every time there was even a slight advancement in tech, because the managers wanted to be bleeding edge.

Re:HAHAHA! (1)

rvw (755107) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467102)

The Duke Nukem cycle continues. Just wait until "2011" slips into "2013" and so forth...

Duke nukes you on 2012-12-21. It's the big bang everybody's waiting for!

In other Hell News a cold front may be moving in.. (5, Funny)

meerling (1487879) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466840)

Stay tuned and see if things get frosty.

Bound to get frosty (1)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467128)

What with hell freezing over and all. Could freeze the balls of even the Duke!

Re:In other Hell News a cold front may be moving i (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33467400)

Frosty piss?

Last post (-1, Offtopic)

fferreres (525414) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466842)

It'd been first post in any other thread.

Vaporware (3, Funny)

guspasho (941623) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466844)

The legend continues!

Re:Vaporware (1)

snspdaarf (1314399) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466924)

Exactly. "The Game It Was Meant To Be"

Re:Vaporware (2, Informative)

WilliamGeorge (816305) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467122)

I don't know, man - it looks legit (finally). Check out all the coverage from PAX on the Kotaku home page: http://kotaku.com/ [kotaku.com]

Even the meme is dead (2, Interesting)

avandesande (143899) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466848)

Haven't seen any Duke Nukem jokes on /. in a while.

Re:Even the meme is dead (5, Funny)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467042)

Haven't seen any Duke Nukem jokes on /. in a while.

We're still working on them. Expect some in 2011.

Re:Even the meme is dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33467198)

When They're Done!

Re:Even the meme is dead (4, Funny)

Adriax (746043) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467204)

Better make that 2012, they're having some problems migrating from the Knockknock engine to the Insovietrussia engine.

Re:Even the meme is dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33467324)

2011 called. They want their joke back.

is it (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33467360)

Wait, was that a car analogy?

Re:Even the meme is dead (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467246)

Did Netcraft comfirm it?

Well, let me be the first to say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33466850)

Oink, oink, flap, flap.

Too Late (3, Insightful)

Reapy (688651) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466852)

Generic console FPS game with some punchy one liners. Snooore!

Re:Too Late (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33466934)

The end is nigh!

Re:Too Late (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33466962)

Yep. PC users going to get the short end of the stick from Gearbox again. I predict PC version will release at least a week behind console versions for "optimization" which is Gearbox code for "just sort of haphazardly slap all that crap PC gamers whine about like text chat and video settings and keyboard and mouse support into the game so we can claim it was developed for PC even though everyone knows that's bullshit."

Re:Too Late (1, Troll)

mark72005 (1233572) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467060)

console game market >>> PC game market

(though, not for this particular game)

Re:Too Late (3, Informative)

morari (1080535) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467310)

I remember all of the dumb little hacks I had to do to get Borderlands working as a proper PC games. Even then, the interface and menus still suffered from console-itis.

YES (1)

Mekkah (1651935) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466854)

So it'll be cancelled again after they have time to think about it at their Labor day BBQ?

It's not april 1st (2, Insightful)

thewise1 (955170) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466856)

But I'm still not going to hold my breath

Re:It's not april 1st (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33467028)

You know, if they could make the actual release date on April 1st it would be rather funny. NOBODY would believe the press releases :-)

Message from Duke: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33466862)

He found more gum.

Re:Message from Duke: (1)

RCGodward (1235102) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467362)

You mean there will be half as much ass kicking in this one?

First post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33466866)

I was born to mock the world!

If you believe... (2, Interesting)

sneaker98 (1545049) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466872)

If you'll believe this, than I've got a bridge I think you might be interested in!

Re:If you believe... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33467030)

please forward specifications of said bridge

-prince hommardadarmajar

The first thing I thought... (0, Offtopic)

nasalicio (122665) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466874)

...and the only thing I can say is:

LOL

my prediction (3, Interesting)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466876)

In another five years someone will buy the naming rights to Duke and release a flash browser game as "Duke Nukem Forever" as a gag. "See, it finally came out."

If they dropped the word Back (5, Funny)

jfinke (68409) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466886)

From the article title, it would be much closer to reality...

"Duke Nukem Forever in Development"

Re:If they dropped the word Back (5, Funny)

Zumbs (1241138) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466952)

Or ... Duke Nukem Fornever!

3d Realms Forums (2, Interesting)

emkyooess (1551693) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466892)

3d Realms is taking it badly -- they forcibly closed all forums related to Duke Nukem, even the older ones. It looks like Take 2 stole their IP.

Re:3d Realms Forums (5, Informative)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467012)

3d Realms is taking it badly -- they forcibly closed all forums related to Duke Nukem, even the older ones. It looks like Take 2 stole their IP.

If by stole you mean "used their contractual rights to get the game finished, since 3D Realms didn't," then yeah.

Re:3d Realms Forums (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33467130)

3d Realms is taking it badly -- they forcibly closed all forums related to Duke Nukem, even the older ones. It looks like Take 2 stole their IP.

If by stole you mean "used their contractual rights to get the game finished, since 3D Realms didn't," then yeah.

You said it, now Georgie can't cockmongle it anymore.

This is GREAT news ... (5, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466896)

... for my grandchildren.

In Other News... (2, Funny)

zepo1a (958353) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466906)

Pigs seen flying and record cold temperatures in Hell. :)

Which System? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33466910)

So, is this going to be released for the N64 or PS1?

Slipped (4, Funny)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467076)

This *was* the First Post, but the release date slipped...

2012 perhaps???? (4, Funny)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466916)

What did those ancient Mayans know?

Re:2012 perhaps???? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33467260)

What did those ancient Mayans know?

There's a bigger question how in the hell could they know about video games!

Re:2012 perhaps???? (1)

yanyan (302849) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467336)

The invasion of the Rigelatins!!!

Duke Nukem Forever (1)

wormtail (1434609) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466918)

....it takes forever to build.

It's time to kick ass and chew bubblegum (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33466930)

and I'm all out of gum.

Gearbox? Hell yes! (5, Insightful)

Aaul (695153) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466940)

After being thoroughly satisfied with Borderlands (and I still play it regularly, can't wait for the expansion this month!) I think Gearbox is the best developer to finish up DNF. BL has lots of similar humor and is probably in my list of top 5 favorite games of at least the last 5 years.

Having said that.. I'm still going to wait until it's been out for a few days or weeks before buying, to see if it's worth it. I don't doubt Gearbox's talent but I do think DNF has enough negative "vibe" around it that there is a chance it won't live up to how fun the original was. And that's really the ultimate metric in my opinion...is the game fun? Nothing else really matters.

Re:Gearbox? Hell yes! (1)

morari (1080535) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467388)

Borderlands was amusing. It unfortunately suffered from console-itis however. The menus and interface were the most present problem, but there were also plenty of issues with movement. Of course, most things could be fixed if you wanted to sift through the game files and edit a few lines of code. Still, you shouldn't have to do that.

Re:Gearbox? Hell yes! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33467470)

Glad you liked it; I just couldn't stand the atrocious lack of plot. The ending? Absolutely terrible. If I want a FPS with no plot and lots of shooting, I go play TF2.

Will probably ship in late 2012 (0)

Fizzol (598030) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466942)

'Cause you know that's the world-wide disaster the Mayan's were really talking about.

He should be here. (-1, Troll)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466944)

He didn't say for sure he'd come.

And if he doesn't come?

We'll come back tomorrow.

And then the day after tomorrow.

Possibly.

And so on.

The point is—

Until he comes.

You're merciless.

Oblig. (1)

ihatejobs (1765190) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466966)

It's time to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and I'm all outta gum.

In seriousness I wonder if this will actually see release? I'd buy it simply because its Duke Nukem. He's badass personified.

Re:Oblig. (2, Interesting)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467106)

Honestly, I'll be buying a copy, if for no other reason than it's bound to be a train wreck. That and I'm really curious what 12 or so years of development actually gets. From what I've heard they've been close to releasing it a few times, but couldn't get over the perfectionist need to be as revolutionary as the previous game was.

Re:Oblig. (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467164)

Yeah but George and 3DRealms are no longer involved. Gearbox can actually get a game done.

Re:Oblig. (1)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467252)

Duke Nukem 3D was Doom with strippers, porn posters and dirty jokes. If Doom and Leisure Suit Larry had an illegitimate love child, it'd have been Duke Nukem 3D. What was revolutionary about that?

Re:Oblig. (1)

Zenaku (821866) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467468)

JETPACKS!

Obligatory : Is There A Taliban (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33466968)

option for the FoxNews idiots?

Yours In Osh,
K. Trout

Right......... (0, Redundant)

mace9984 (1406805) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466974)

wtf ever... I'll believe it when I see it.

This will take some time for release I reckon (1)

Satanboy (253169) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466976)

I would expect this will be at least 6 months off.
The amount of QA for this game will be enormous.

They will have to ship almost perfect code with no map flaws or seems in the levels.
Any even minor flaw will need to be cleared before the game can ship.

I notice they will not give a date for release as they do not want to fall behind expectations.

I am hopeful the team is, in fact, working on this game and is not, in reality, tickling our testicles whilst cocking the gun that is behind our heads.

ID perfected customer QA (1)

t0qer (230538) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467026)

They will have to ship almost perfect code with no map flaws or seems in the levels.
Any even minor flaw will need to be cleared before the game can ship.

Nah they'll just patch it again and again. ID did this with the original Doom, and that seems to be the normal development cycle for just about everything these days. Release what you have, see if the customer notices/finds your bugs, patch, profit.

Duke Nukem Forever... (1)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466988)

... in slashdot stories!

Aw... (1)

jtownatpunk.net (245670) | more than 3 years ago | (#33466996)

That trick NEVER works.

Like Iridium (5, Insightful)

jjohnson (62583) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467006)

It cost 6 billion to put a network of satellites in orbit for a satphone network that cost $4 a minute--absolutely unsustainable business model. Picked up for $25 million after bankruptcy, it's now a thriving business since the huge sunk costs were discharged to the investors.

No surprise at all that a company would take 3D Realms assets, slap them all together and box them up. The launch campaign writes itself: "HOLY SHIT IT'S FINALLY HERE!"

Re:Like Iridium (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467356)

They should include an empty wrapper of bubble gum inside each box.

Please, please, PLEASE!!!! (1)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467014)

Oh god please let it be so!

Excited (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33467020)

This is great to hear. 3DRealms tried over the years, even through failure, we deserve to enjoy their work. Thank you Gearbox for bringing it together!

Development forever (1)

el_jake (22335) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467032)

nuf' said.

*Checks the date* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33467036)

Is it April already?!

will it be on 6-bit tape? (1)

swschrad (312009) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467044)

so I can play it on my Control Data computer?

Yeah, right. (3, Funny)

Millennium (2451) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467050)

Just you watch; the way this thing's going, it'll released just in time to put it in a bundle with Duke Nukem Forever.

Oh, wait...

GameStop Preorder ticket (5, Interesting)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467058)

I wonder if GameStop will honor my DNF preorder ticket I got when the location was a Funcoland 12 years ago.

Even the original sucked (-1, Troll)

Swarley (1795754) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467062)

I really don't understand why this continues to be anything other than curbside trash. The original game was terrible. The sequel was likely to be just as bad. 10 years later people are still excited about it? Really? The only people who liked the original were 12 years old at the time. Does anybody honestly give a crap about this?

Re:Even the original sucked (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33467120)

"I'm gonna rip off yer head, and $hit down yer neck!"

Re:Even the original sucked (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33467152)

"The original"? You do know that there have been lots of Duke Nukem games... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Nukem_(series)

Re:Even the original sucked (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33467326)

At the time it came out the main story of the game was mediocre and ho hum. However the mod community was huge. There were thousands of boards out there. From tiny to never find any other players for 20 mins.

The single player was your standard run FPS (with slightly better graphics for the time). The multiplayer was out of site. With IPX networking you could have up to 8 people all at once. Most of the other FPS at the time maybe had 4 usually 2. It was also one of the first FPS games to let you lay traps for others.

Compared to todays games yeah its a bit dated. Game play is cheesy and linear. But that was part of the fun.

It had a good amount of luck and being at the right place and time to take off. The big game of the same time was DOOM which everyone was still playing. It was a big step up in gameplay and fun. Can they catch lightning in a bottle again? Doubt it. As part of the fun was sitting around right next to other people and watching their reaction as the trap you left for them went off. And we were hardly 12 year olds at the time as we had a cool boss (35yr old) who wanted to mow us down in a game.

In fact until I started playing against other people with that game I thought as you did. As I had bought 6mo earlier when it first came out and was bored by level 3. It was the multiplayer where the game really took off.

What is this game? maybe I am too young? (3, Interesting)

fantomas (94850) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467094)

As far as I can work out, this is a follow on from a game previously released 14 years ago? is this correct? So who will care about its release apart from some very old-skool gamers? I guess it's just a kind of in-joke for old slashdot fans these days?

Re:What is this game? maybe I am too young? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33467222)

I just died a little inside...

Re:What is this game? maybe I am too young? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33467276)

You have a low UID, so i'll be polite about this:

SHUT YOUR WHORE MOUTH!

Re:What is this game? maybe I am too young? (2, Insightful)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467338)

Is Starcraft II a joke to you? What about Diablo III?

Re:What is this game? maybe I am too young? (1)

Tridus (79566) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467402)

Maybe it'll turn out to be a good game, and thus people who like good games will care about it?

Not everything HAS to be a sequel to sell. See Gearboxes last game: Borderlands.

Re:What is this game? maybe I am too young? (3, Insightful)

ACS Solver (1068112) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467482)

Yes, DNF is part of the Duke Nukem series, and Duke Nukem 3D was released 14 years ago. There's also the 2002 Manhattan Project but it's not really the same genre. If the game is good, being a sequel to an old game won't hurt it. Fallout 3 looks to be a good example. Released in 2008 to much acclaim from critics and players but it was a sequel, the first two Fallouts came out in 1997 and 1998. So technologically, it's a huge jump and I bet Fallout 3 had plenty of younger players who never played the first two parts. Which didn't hurt the perception of Fallout 3 any.

Likewise, DNF would not be hurt directly by being a sequel in the Duke Nukem series. It will do just fine if it's ever released and is a good game. Although if it really is released within the next year, I wouldn't expect the game to be much good - the development history seems too screwed up to produce a good end result.

it worked for Batman (4, Funny)

rev_sanchez (691443) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467100)

I say they do a reboot and start off with Duke Begins and then follow up with a bad ass sequel called The Duke Knight.

Re:it worked for Batman (1)

game kid (805301) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467346)

Just remember to cast a machine or an already-dead guy as the sequel's villain, or he'll be out of more than just gum.

makes sense (3, Insightful)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467114)

It makes sense, Duke Nuke'em has such massive name recognition, as long as it's not a completely sucky game it's guaranteed to sell decently. Financially speaking, it makes sense for someone to buy it up and put a bit of effort in to get it out the door. I'm surprised EA didn't do it.

How to parse (1)

Alarindris (1253418) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467146)

Duke Nukem: Forever in Development

for consoles? (1)

syrinx (106469) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467168)

Were console kiddies even born when the original Duke Nukem games came out?

Re:for consoles? (1)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467288)

They weren't even alive when Green Day last released an OK albumn and Kurt Cobain was still alive. Doesn't prevent them from pretending like they know what's up, though.

I'm all out of bubble gum... (1)

GregC63 (1564363) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467176)

Do NOT tease...

Hope you held on to your preorder receipts! (4, Interesting)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467220)

So will that guy with the oldest preorder receipt for DNF [yahoo.com] actually get GameStop to honor it?

Wow... really? (1)

PixelScuba (686633) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467280)

"The approach and investment and process at 3D Realms didn't quite make it..."

Wow... understatement of the decade?

A whole new generation (1)

Scutter (18425) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467294)

Heh... I just heard a collective "Duke Who, now?" from all the current gamers who weren't alive when DNF was first announced, much less when the other Duke games were released.

Bad news everyone! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33467314)

It's going to be another Windows-only game!

Memories... (1)

am 2k (217885) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467344)

Oh yea, I remember thinking to myself "damn, I probably have to get a new graphics card" when they announced that they've switched to the Unreal engine (version 1 that is), since my current one couldn't handle it.

Those were the times...

The right name is "Duke Nukem For Never"... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33467368)

nothing more to say.

Does this mean (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467370)

Does this mean that flying cars are just around the corner?

OK... Finally... But.... Duke Who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33467398)

OK... Finally... But.... Most of the people that REMEMBER playing the original game have become more mature now (Hopefully)... so they have a completely new market to reach. Same market classification, but different folks... with a Sequel, to a game where no one will rememeber the original.

Duke who?

YEAH! (1)

Gaian-Orlanthii (1032980) | more than 3 years ago | (#33467404)

YYYYYEEEEAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!
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