Duke4 Not A 2003 Game

By Steve Gibson, May 29, 2003 12:25pm PDT Well here is some news I'm sure you guys werent expecting. A recent investor conference call for Take2 has revealed that Duke4 is in fact still not ready to ship, but even more so it looks like it wont show up for this holiday season either! Here's the quote:

"Analyst: Regarding Duke Nukem Forever for the PC, any chance - any possibility under the sun - that we see that this holiday season? Or at what point do you guys just pull the plug on that?

Take Two: I think in terms of possibilities under the sun for this holiday season, the answer to that is 'no.' With regards to next year, we're in a wait and see mode at this point. You know, last quarter we wrote it down substantially, so we generally already pulled the plug. And right now we're just hopeful that the team in Dallas will finish it."

The conference call also mentioned that Take2 would be scaling back their E3 presence next year and they are hoping for a Max Payne2 release around January of 2004. Also the mysterious Manhunt game is coming out by October of this year. Thanks Chris!

note: The pull the plug comment does NOT mean the game is cancelled at all. Also Scott Miller had some insight into the finance side of things when the write-downs were announced a while back.

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  • Looking through my Duke Nukem scrapbook...

    1998 - "Sure, a game of this calibre shouldn't be rushed out."

    1999 - "I don't care if they need another year. It's the gameplay that counts."

    2000 - "Take a year. Take...oh, hell, take three years. Take four years! Don't even work in 2001, so that you can ensure a no-earlier than 2003 release date."

    2001 - "If you talk about releasing this game before the end of the first Bush administration, I'm just going to cover my ears and go MMMMMMMMMMMM"

    2002 - "Well, September 11 *is* a hard thing to get over. Put all thoughts of shipping out of your heads. Oh, and if you were going to have a level where Duke is piloting a giant boob-shaped airplane in its nipple cockpit straight at the WTC? Er, leave that part out. Have him fly the tit craft into something else. Better yet, just have a giant tit. Who cares if it flies."

    2003 - "George, George. We're family here! It's OK! It's REALLY OK! Word up, suburban homey! You just keep POLISHING that diamond, and one day your Dukey Wukey will take his place in the, er, pantheon, hehehehe, of video games that took longer than a college education."

  • Ok, I know people here have said similar things... but I just have to say this to get it off my chest. I loved Duke 3d... I thought it was great and one of the best games of it's time. Let me also say that I am really, really excited about DNF... I'm sure it will be excellent when it's released... BUT.... l just gotta say that this game better just floor the world. When the game comes out people should be crying in the streets and people should be murdering eachother at EB to buy the game before their fellow gamers. It should be so good that Christ comes down and says ".... you know... I just felt I had to come down and say the Duke Nukem Forever is just the coolest thing you pitiful humans have ever created... it's great! Rock on!"

    Everyone knows the game has been in the making for a long damn time but... I mean DAMN. It's just getting silly now. All this time people were complaining, I just thought to myself... come on guys... let them just work at it and get the game done in their own time. But now when I think of it... during the time this game has been in development many excellent games have come and gone. And I'm not talking about quick little shareware games.... off the top of my head I can think of titles like... Neverwinter Nights... Halo... GTA 3 and Vice city... Morrowind... these are huge.. immense... large... complicated, great games and have come and gone and DNF is still being made... it's getting to the point where DNF better just be the best freakin game ever to exist... or 3d Realms are just incompetent. I'm really hoping for the first one.... but I'm starting to have doubts.