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For those still recovering from Gearbox’s shock announcement this week, I urge you to take a deep breath and brace yourselves. That’s right, it has just been announced that the Texas-based studio have purchased the full property rights to the Duke Nukem franchise from the now-defunct 3D Realms. Duke’s alive baby, and he’s back to kick some ass and chew a rather substantial amount of Wrigley’s Orbit.

Not only does this give the much-acclaimed developer full control of the IP, but it also gives them the opportunity to make good ol’ Dukey relevant again. The game has been in development hell for countless years, with the ever-notorious 3D Realms constantly changing every aspect of the gameplay in an attempt to reach an unprecendented level of perfection.

But alas, such a feat could never be accomplished. Due to a lack of funding, 3D Realms were forced to cease production on May 8th 2008, effectively sealing the fate of the game and the franchise as a whole – numerous screenshots and animations were leaked soon after, but hope to revive such a dated IP seemed unlikely.

Until now! Initial previews of the game have been glowing, suggesting that Duke’s new sandbox ethic gives the series a much-needed facelift, including a vast open world to explore, a wide array of veichles and a plethora of artillery at your disposal.

Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford is clearly excited regarding the company’s latest business proposition. He states ”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.” He also promises that ‘‘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.”

Gamers rejoice! Duke Nukem is officially back with a vengeance! With Gearbox at the helm, it can be said that the series is in safe hands, especially when considering the quality of the criminally underrated Borderlands. The game is set to be released some time in 2011. Until then, watch this space.

Source: IGN

  1. I’ve been over it for years.

  2. Like I said, call me when Half-Life 2: Episode 3 has a release date.

  3. I don’t know. Duke Nukem is so old it is probably better if we don’t see another game in the series. Strike when the iron is hot is an old addage yeah well the iron in this case is stone cold.

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  5. avatar Miguelkelvin

    You never loose when betting on Duke. Ib4m so asehmd to say but that trailer is just kick ass. It reminds me when I first played the game on the PS1. Which the game was really never the focal point, I ust bought it becuase I was a very hormonal pre-teen and heard a nightclub appeared in the game. Dukes hair does need some fixing but I hope they donb4t go new Bionic Commnado with it. Ib4m not ready for a world with a Rastafari-esque Duke.The trailer is well made though. I will give Berssard that. :SJeff you must be jumping up and down with this I canb4t talk for everyone but I wish I could hear and/see some ranting about this.

  6. avatar Kiran

    Haha, well, I must commend them for the trliaer. Looks kick-ass in it’s own right, but, damn, I think it might be too late for this game. I mean, it’s 2008. Is Duke Nukem really going to have the same effect now as it did back then? I LOVED it back then, but, they’re really going to have to step things up for this one.

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