Gearbox: “Soon, we’ll talk about,” the next Duke Nukem game, “but not today”

Tuesday, 30th August 2011 17:05 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford said during a community panel at PAX Prime that the firm would “soon,” start talking about creating a new Duke Nukem game, but for now the firm wants to focus on releasing DLC.

Speaking in front of around 900 Gearbox community attendees, here is what Pitchford had to say regarding Duke Nukem Forever, its critical and public reception, and what the future holds for the wisecracking action hero (via Kotaku):

“It’s such a polarizing thing… There was this one guy that mapped out the different review scores. Here’s the number of people who gave it a zero to 10. And here’s the number of people who gave it 11-20, 21-30, and so on and so forth. And most games have a perfect bell curve, you know, where the center of the curve is the average score. Duke had two curves. There were people who panned it and there were people who kind of liked it. And Allen [Blum] pointed out: ‘It looks like a pair of boobs.’ That was our plan from the beginning! That actually happened. That’s a true story.

“I hope some people kind of enjoyed it. When I dug through all the stuff that 3D Realms had done, I expected a trainwreck and I was actually quite pleased. I had a lot of fun with it. It was fun for me, and I’m really glad that we not only rescued the franchise but took the time to make sure the world could see what those guys had been doing for all of those years. And I’m also proud of the things we added to it. I think we did some things to make it a little better.

“I liked it. And we’re no giving up. We’ve updated the game. I know the load times weren’t very good on the 360 and so some of the patches improve that. I don’t know if you guys noticed.

“And then, we also have some DLC coming. It’s pretty cool. It’s pretty fun. So if you like Duke… I think you’re really going to like the DLC coming out that’s being developed by the guys that actually made Duke Nukem Forever—the guys at Piranha, the guys at Triptych. The Triptych guys are the ex-3D Realms developers. And they’re still working at our studio on the 10th floor, and they’re committed. They’re going to go all the way.

“And then soon… I know that you guys figured out that, when Gearbox acquired the franchise, we didn’t do it just to make sure we could all play Duke Forever, but because we wanted to make our own Duke game. Soon, we’ll talk about that, but not today.”

Last week, it was rumored in the latest issue of OXM that Gearbox plans on developing its own Duke Nukem game once development on Aliens: Colonial Marines wraps up.



  1. ItsFade

    So it was their plan to get shitty reviews or make the shitty reviews look like a pair of boobs on a graph. Well okay then mission accomplished.

    I can understand that Gearbox didn’t have all the time in the world to fix a 10 year+ in development mess so hopefully whatever they do next with the license will be better. Can’t get much worse than DN: Forever anyway lol.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Talkar

    Considering they didn’t really do anything, except for implementing multiplayer and porting the game, plus some bug fixes, i have all the faith in the world that Gearbox will make a great game!

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DSB

    It was pretty obvious from the start ItsFade.

    I don’t usually gush over developers, but I fucking love Randy Pitchford. Instead of holding back or reading back whatever has been programmed into his head by a publisher or some PR twat, he just owns what he does and speaks like an actual person. And a person that speaks kinda like me!

    “When you look a the scores, it kinda looks like a pair of boobs” – Priceless.

    Looking at the new Serious Sam videos, it looks like Croteam just may have created the kind of game that Duke Nukem Forever should have been, of course with a slightly different idea in terms of gameplay. I never managed to get into the old ones, but I just might pick it up.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. TD_Monstrous69

    I’ll give em the benefit of the doubt for Duke Nukem Forever. Mainly because I wasn’t stupid enough to actually go out, and waste 60 bucks on that train wreck of a game (though dumb enough to at least consider it). It could be interesting to see on what Gearbox could do with the Duke Nukem franchise with a game developed from the ground up by them, and not just hand-picked crap from a game that maybe should’ve just finally layed down and died as it was thought to have many…many… times before.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. ItsFade


    Yeah I figured as much, when I saw the first footage from it lol. Randy Pitchfork does indeed speak his mind though so props to him for that.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Talkar

    Does it matter if it is bad? It is gaming history ;) or something…

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Lewis247

    Pretty much the whole game was set in stone before 3d realms gave up on it and gearbox did the right thing and picked up the rights, got that mess 3d realms messed fans about with and now gearbox can add some class back to the series.

    I have full faith in gearbox, they make some of the best games so would love to see their actual attempt at a duke game rather than to polish 3d realms turd.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. NightCrawler1970

    Thats why K2 fucked DN up, K2 messed up with cutting Mafia II up and think to make more money, now the game Mafia dumped the price close to $20,- because nobody buys it….

    Duke Nukem is a great game as long you handed over to a great Game-Dev to create Duke Nukem, and im pretty sure it will sells like hotcakes, specially the old generation gamers love Duke Nukem….

    #8 3 years ago

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