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Take-Two CEO promises 'future Duke IP'

Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick has promised "future Duke IP" coming from the company, implying that another entry to the franchise is at least being planned.

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Gearbox Software snatched up the rights to Duke Nukem and committed to finishing Duke Nukem Forever. It seemed likely that the developer was pushing that elephant out of the room so it could create its own Duke games, so it comes as no surprise that Stauss Zelnick, CEO of publisher Take-Two, is planning for more entries in the franchise.

"We don't really talk about it in detail but you will see future Duke IP coming from this company," Zelnick told Forbes. Though Gearbox officially owns the IP, Take-Two has a strong relationship with the developer, having published both DNF and Borderlands (through their 2K subsidiary).

Zelnick also addressed the adult content in Duke Nukem, saying products like it and Red Dead Redemption aren't marketed to children. "That said, when we put something out I stand behind it, I will not compromise," he said. "What is there left to be said? I'm sorry if you don't like it. Don't consume it."

If you want to see what this version of Duke hath wrought, a demo is available now. On the other hand, if you'd rather just read about the game, check out our review.

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    June 21, 2011 10:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Take-Two CEO promises 'future Duke IP'.

    Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick has promised "future Duke IP" coming from the company, implying that another entry to the franchise is at least being planned.

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      June 21, 2011 10:32 AM

      Duke It Out In DC 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      June 21, 2011 10:35 AM

      Estimated release date: Q3 2101

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        June 21, 2011 10:52 AM

        Operator: We get signal
        Captain: What !
        Operator: Main screen turn on



        CATS: How are you gentlemen, all your balls are made of steel !

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      June 21, 2011 10:35 AM

      I don't have high hopes for Duke Nukem now that Gearbox has the IP. If anything characterizes Gearbox, it's mediocrity. Borderlands is the only game I'd say that Gearbox has made that better than average, although the UI was atrocious.

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        June 21, 2011 10:46 AM

        I say just put Duke in Borderlands 2 and call it a day.

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          June 21, 2011 11:30 AM

          2nd this. Replace Brick with Duke and you have a winner.

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            June 21, 2011 12:49 PM

            realistically they will add him as a pre-order bonus or something. come on a skin, some voice work, and a model in the game how hard could it be!

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        June 21, 2011 10:54 AM

        but you had high hopes when 3DRealms had it?

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          June 21, 2011 11:02 AM

          they did duke3d and shadow warrior so people hoped that it would at least be fun. also 3drealm has a good track record as producers with terminal velocity,max payne and prey. so high hopes doesn't really apply but its not the collective groan or the lowest possible expectations associated like with gearbox.

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          June 21, 2011 11:36 AM

          Initially I did. However, around 2003, I didn't think this game would ever come out.

          Take 2 should give this IP to one of their better studios. I am drawing a blank on what other studios are under the Take 2 brand, but I highly doubt that GBX is their best studio.

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            June 21, 2011 11:37 AM

            Gearbox is an independent studio that works with us but isn't owned by us.

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              June 21, 2011 11:39 AM

              As demonstrated by the fact that Ubisoft publishes the Brothers in Arms titles.

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                June 21, 2011 11:44 AM

                yes, that would be an excellent example!

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                  June 22, 2011 5:54 AM

                  But it's 2K that designed the DNF box cover art ....

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                    June 22, 2011 5:58 AM

                    Next time ... put an actual in-game model inside, and build upon that, instead of so many versions of different Duke faces

                    I think 3DR really didn't cared about the face at all,

                    1997 was the real duke
                    in 2007 it was bruce willis (die hard guy / yeepeekaye )
                    in 2011 it's like something completely different

                    That's just from what fans care, but it's definitely nothing that influences the game so don't worry about that ... it's more of a lore and tradition problem.

                    What if Mario had 20538693763 face version , i don't think the brand would sell well.

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        June 21, 2011 11:35 AM

        you cant deny that game had character though, something dnf seemed to be lacking

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          June 21, 2011 1:43 PM

          yea, I enjoyed Borderlands for the most part. There were some design decisions that made me want to stab my eye though. The UI could definitely drive a weaker man in my place to do such an act.

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        June 21, 2011 11:36 AM

        I support this idea.

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        June 21, 2011 11:39 AM

        Did you know Gearbox was founded by former 3D Realms employees (Randy Pitchford included) after Duke 3D was released? Then many years later when DNF was stuck in development hell, there was an exodus of developers from 3D Realms and many of them went to Gearbox. The IP sort of stayed in the family that way.

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        June 21, 2011 11:56 AM

        Agreeing with this.

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        June 21, 2011 12:10 PM

        HL: Opposing Force? Brothers in Arms?

        Come on, there's being harsh on a company and then there's this. They made quite a few quality titles.

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          June 21, 2011 12:15 PM

          HL : Opposing force was good. 12 years ago.
          BIA was run into the ground a long time ago.
          Borderlands was good, I'll give them that. But if they don't fucking fix the FOV for Borderlands 2, I'll.....I'll.....well, they'd just better, that's all.

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            June 21, 2011 12:28 PM

            I kind of enjoyed Hell's Highway :(

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              June 21, 2011 2:09 PM

              me too! my soul was crushed when they announced the hilariously looking furious four (or five or whatever) spin-off.

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        June 21, 2011 12:47 PM

        so are they going to work on DNF2 or Borderlands 2 first I wonder

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      June 21, 2011 10:39 AM

      Shocking!

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      June 21, 2011 10:40 AM

      Knew this was coming it's an IP that couldn't be passed up regardless of what anyone thought of Forever.

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        June 21, 2011 10:48 AM

        Pretty sure everyone figured that. Here's hoping Gearbox does it justice.

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      June 21, 2011 10:52 AM

      Can't wait for the launch party, 2028 can't get here soon enough!

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      June 21, 2011 10:54 AM

      DUKE NUKEM:
      ASS, TITTIES, AND SHIT

      It will be a QTE extravaganza!

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      June 21, 2011 10:56 AM

      Duke Begins. They were working on it before, I'm sure they didn't just drop all that work when they bought the IP.

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        June 21, 2011 11:41 AM

        I can't find it now but I saw an interview with Randy Pitchford that said that "Duke Begins" never got past the discussion phase. No work was ever done on the game.

        It could be that the next Duke game is Duke Begins but it won't be a continuation because the original never existed.

    • Zek
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      June 21, 2011 11:20 AM

      It's just not a good IP anymore in this day and age, and especially not after DNF ruined what was left of its reputation. I don't think there's any salvaging it.

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        June 21, 2011 11:36 AM

        I would like to see another side scroller ala The Manhattan Project

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          June 21, 2011 11:40 AM

          I want an open world game where duke can fly and drive cars and shit like GTA or Saints Row

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            June 21, 2011 12:45 PM

            An open world type Duke game would work. Smashed down Vegas, with some dessert in there, maybe the General dude hangs out at Nellis AFB.

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        June 21, 2011 11:54 AM

        I think the IP is okay, it just needs a competent studio to handle production. There's a lot you can do given a coherent plot and some character development.

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        June 21, 2011 11:55 AM

        It's still a good IP I think they need to move away from the current universe as it stands and bring Duke back towards being more of an over the top everyman.

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          June 21, 2011 12:07 PM

          He was never that.

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            June 21, 2011 2:51 PM

            He struck me as more of an Ash ala Army of Darkness in the early ones. Not meant to rule the world just meant to kick ass and chew bubblegum.

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        June 21, 2011 12:47 PM

        Whatchoo' talkin' 'bout, Zek? ...game 0wns!!!

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          June 21, 2011 1:39 PM

          With no games on the market for many years and then followed a critically mixed title, he has a point.

          That said, it's worth their while to at least try it one more time.

          I do find myself pining for the days when there were tons of Duke titles on the market. But then again we just saw a DS title that stunk, so who knows.

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      June 21, 2011 11:39 AM

      I hope I live to long enough to see this!

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        June 21, 2011 11:41 AM

        Screw that, with healthy diet, exercise and supplements, I will make it to see this game!

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      June 21, 2011 11:41 AM

      Duke Zero

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      June 21, 2011 11:57 AM

      Strauss Zelnick sounds like a Bond villain.

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        June 21, 2011 12:11 PM

        "Zelnick, Mr. Bond," he smirked calmly, stroking his white cat. "Schtrausz Zelnick, at your service. Now I'm sure you have a plan for handling the szharkz in ze tank you are standing upon... but what if zey have Lazers, mr. Bond? Lazers are ze future, but alas, I fear zey will be ze.. end... for you"

        *pushes button*

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      June 21, 2011 11:58 AM

      "I'm sorry if you don't like it. Don't consume it." can I get an AMEN? That's refreshing to hear.

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      June 21, 2011 12:05 PM

      I'm here to make sequels and chew bubble gum.

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      June 21, 2011 12:29 PM

      Whatever you do, please don't 'remake' Duke3D or try and reboot the franchise

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        June 21, 2011 12:47 PM

        They need to do something. A reboot would not be unwelcome. Just don't change the Duke, change the world around Duke. All will be good.

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          June 21, 2011 12:59 PM

          What if a reboot Duke as we know and love him... except he now took lines from modern films and it was all lines from Diehard 4?

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            June 21, 2011 1:45 PM

            The best one-liner in that movie wasn't even spoken. It was more of a series of grunts when [spoiler]the frozen dude got sliced and diced in the fa/spoiler]. That would be a step up from the current lines Duke spouted too.

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              June 21, 2011 1:45 PM

              wow, fail :(

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              June 21, 2011 1:46 PM

              you fail at spoiler tags friend.

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              June 21, 2011 1:54 PM

              I don't even want to nuke this because it's such an amazing failure!

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              June 21, 2011 1:54 PM

              0mar comin

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        June 21, 2011 12:59 PM

        I thought some mod team/3rd party was given permission to do this already?

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          June 21, 2011 1:08 PM

          Duke: Reloaded! Who gave them permission, was it 3DR or Gearbox?

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        June 21, 2011 3:18 PM

        Too late: http://www.dukenukemreloaded.com/

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      June 21, 2011 1:04 PM

      give it to the guys who made bulletstorm and i think it should turn out ok

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      June 21, 2011 1:15 PM

      Maybe they would have had better luck marketing the game to children, as it doesn't seem aimed at adults. Younger teenage boys, maybe.

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        June 21, 2011 1:16 PM

        as opposed to quality titles like gears of war which truly target the sophisticated adult

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          June 21, 2011 1:53 PM

          you could tell it was mature from the totally compelling storyline about dom's wife or whatever the fuck

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        June 21, 2011 2:21 PM

        Weird, I'm almost 30 and I'm enjoying the hell out of it. I guess maybe I'm not an adult?

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        June 21, 2011 2:22 PM

        Stupid comment. People of all ages hate DNF.

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        June 21, 2011 2:24 PM

        The game takes me back to a simpler time. Its fun, puts a smile on my face and that is all that matters.

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      June 21, 2011 1:52 PM

      Duke should exist in a world where everyone is incredulous at his existence. Like Giant Bomb was pointing out when Duke says "Power armor is for pussies" and the guy is like "what? umm.. well... ok, I guess. Do you at least want a gun?" The whole game should be like that part of DNF.

      Everything Duke says should cause people in the game to kind of squint and be like WTF, but then roll with it because it's Duke and we kind of need him to fix the alien invasion. That could be an interesting game experience.

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        June 21, 2011 1:55 PM

        you could also somehow expand the concept of riffing on/referencing other video games. it would be like the Scary Movie franchise.

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        June 21, 2011 1:55 PM

        that would be pretty funny. instead of everyone worshiping him, they're kind of awed that he's real and that he manages to kick ass while being incredibly cheesy and dated.

        btw what are his credentials? does he have special forces or police training? why do all authorities implicitly trust him with high powered weapons and responsibilities?

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          June 21, 2011 4:04 PM

          In bradsh's version of Duke, apparently his credentials are "IT Support":
          Everything he says causes people IRL to kind of squint and be like WTF, but then roll with it because it's IT Support and we kind of need them to fix the Windows Mac malware our shit.

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          June 22, 2011 1:25 AM

          I mean, he's saved the world in the past right? I just figured it was that, but I never played the earlier side-scroller Duke games.

      • Zek
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        June 21, 2011 2:24 PM

        Yeah agreed, it's one thing for Duke to be an over the top parody character but when all the other characters are equally insane and nobody acknowledges it, it just feels wrong.

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        June 21, 2011 9:22 PM

        You know what, I'm willing to bet the game would have done better if that's the direction they went. Give Duke a weakness- he's outmoded but doesn't realize it. He can still be be badass. A combo of Brock Samson, Ron Burgandy, Sledghammer(ancient tv show) and Randy Savage.

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      June 21, 2011 2:07 PM

      Hell yeah I want loads more Duke but I think they will ruin it and turn it into some COD clone.

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      June 21, 2011 3:37 PM

      I don't think Duke can be taken seriously anymore. It worked back in the day, and it worked when the game looks cartoony and bright, but throw the ridiculous personality and overblown masculinity into a semi realistic setting and it just feels awkward.

      It's like trying to make a realistic CG looney tunes cartoon, it will be a big pile of fail (as I remember, it was).

      Duke is such a hilarious characterization of the video game hero the only way to handle him anymore is as a complete mockery of himself and everything that used to be standard in FPS games. Make him much older, retired, and sitting around on his ass bitter about how the world around him has changed and when aliens invade he's the only hope we have because he's a crass, offensive force of unstoppable douchebaggery that can carry 50 rockets and do anything he goddamn well pleases.

      It needs to be a commentary on how out of place he is in modern games and how over powered he would be. Duke needs to be that jerk nobody really wants to hang out with because he's a bit of an asshole but when it comes down to it, he'll get the job done.

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        June 21, 2011 3:46 PM

        I'd love to see more Duke in the build engine. Gimme a new game, new weapons and levels, make it the length of one of the original episodes, and downloadable for $15.

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          June 21, 2011 4:04 PM

          I'd buy that for $1....or 15 of them.

          I almost want Duke Nukem to look like Team Fortress 2.

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        June 21, 2011 6:19 PM

        Wow I actually love this idea it would work well imo.

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      June 21, 2011 3:51 PM

      Duke and Sarah Palin go co-op, Fall 2013.

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      June 21, 2011 4:48 PM

      I personally don't think its a surprise at all. Again, Gearbox didn't buy the franchise just to release DNF. They obviously had big plans for it.

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      June 21, 2011 5:17 PM

      lol

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      June 21, 2011 5:37 PM

      Well, I guess they can't fuck it up any more than they already did. Will keep an eye out for it in 30 years.

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        June 21, 2011 5:43 PM

        nah this one will be out 2 years, still not expecting much, meh

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      June 21, 2011 6:06 PM

      Fucking fabulous. Let's go through this fucking shit every god damn year.

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      June 21, 2011 6:08 PM

      Incoming Economy of Force sequel

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      June 21, 2011 6:30 PM

      DNF REMAKE

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      June 21, 2011 6:30 PM

      FUCK YEAH. I am happy about this.

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        June 21, 2011 6:31 PM

        I could of sworn I put a "

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          June 21, 2011 6:31 PM

          WTF SHACK

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            June 21, 2011 8:19 PM

            less than sign :)

            Is that what you were going for?

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              June 21, 2011 9:48 PM

              Yes I was trying to make a heart with that and a 3

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                June 21, 2011 11:42 PM

                aw ricky poo ♥

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      June 21, 2011 8:25 PM

      Great. Continue the strategy of running franchises straight into the ground. It's what everyone is doing!

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        June 21, 2011 11:26 PM

        Well to be fair Duke Nukem has pretty much been plowed into mother Earth for several years now by 3DR.

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          June 21, 2011 11:32 PM

          it can only bounce off the ground and do a somersault through the air at this point

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      June 21, 2011 8:45 PM

      Could be a good thing. Maybe they will take another decade and use snark from today. Duke could be a run on troll for the millennium.

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      June 22, 2011 12:39 AM

      I get the impression Gearbox doesn't really know why people were excited for DNF. It was the idea of an FPS that really pushed the boundaries and did things that no one else was doing that got everybody worked up. On the 3dr forums the excited posts were from members who were looking forward to the possibility of technology and innovation being used in the game to separate it from everything else on the market. And in huge quantities. I think the character of Duke was pushed too much, even though the character you play actually has nothing to do with the gameplay itself.

      All gearbox were talking about was ITS FUCKING DOUK AND DHERES TITS IN IT FUCK FUCK LOL SWEARING. Of course there was nothing in the game that would warrant hyping, so I guess that's all they had to go on.

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        June 22, 2011 8:58 AM

        So far I've been enjoying entirely because it's Duke. It's kind of fun playing a pretty straight forward shooter and enjoying the character and the humor. I've always found the character and his "over the top-ness" entertaining.

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        June 22, 2011 12:18 PM

        that's a lot of text for a duke game.

        duke is simple. straight forward action. doesn't take much to GET duke :)

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      June 22, 2011 1:21 AM

      Reboot pitch: Pfc. Charles Jason Nukem, a wet-behind the ears greenhorn in the EDF's elite D.U.K.E. space marine quadron, dreams of returning home to his reasonably attractive wife, Becky. But aliens invade and she's killed, which makes Nukem all weepy and shit. Then his squadmates are mutilated and tortured, which makes Pfc. Nukem the sole survivor of the D.U.K.E. squadron. And he wants REVENGE. As generic as you please, bitter, moody REVENGE.

      In this reboot, Duke wears full robotic armor instead of his trademark tanktop. He uses the standard selection of assault rifles and shotguns. The "devastator" is now a mounted gun operated by an elaborate series of QTEs. The shrink-ray and freeze-ray are still there, but they're not guns so much as metaphors for the turmoil in our hero's poor soul. Gameplay environments include warehouses, battlefields, space stations, more warehouses, an office building, and D-day, with maybe one or two outdoor driving sections to add a bullet point to the back of the box. Strippers and hookers have been replaced with an intricate, player-choice-driven love triangle that may result in a brief, tastefully done, sideboob-only sex scene. The one-liners have been replaced with a dynamic dialogue system that issues realistic battle commands and feedback based on the player's current situation. Regen health and two weapons at a time, of course. No beer this time.

      What do you become...when you have nothing to lose?

      2k Games and Gearbox Software present...
      Nukem: Resurrection and Origin of Fate and Stuff

      Rated T for Teen

      Preorder now to receive a 5% discount on the "Conclusion" dlc, featuring the alternate, exciting ending!

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      June 22, 2011 11:50 AM

      The prospect of a new Duke game from Gearbox actually sounds much more appealing than anything to do with Forever. Glad to hear that's on the way.