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Gearbox: It's been too long, but Duke Nukem Forever is a 'worthy' successor

Today, Gearbox released part one of a series of Duke Nukem Forever behind-the-scenes trailers meant to educate the world on the series' legacy, and the world definitely needs filling in. The Duke franchise was... was massively popular, but after all this time, it's hardly at the top of the zeitgeist. Some of the teenagers who will be playing Duke Nukem Forever were learning to walk when development started.


 

In the trailer, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford sympathizes, "Too long. We've waited too long, frankly, and I don't know if there's anything that can live up to the idea of 15 years of development. But this is absolutely a worthy successor and a worthy sequel to the game."

It may seem like a strange statement for us to pull out and quote, given how utterly obvious it is, but it's nice that Pitchford isn't one for hyperbole, and acknowledges that the years of waiting can't possibly be made up for. All Gearbox can hope to do is make a great game, and we hope it succeeds.

Watch the trailer above - no really, watch it, the Duke Nukem story is one of the most fascinating games industry yarns there is. And Duke is such an emulated archetype that I fear younger gamers (but not too young, of course, what with the well-deserved 'M' rating) may assume that Forever was influenced by games which were actually influenced by Duke Nukem in the first place.

Over-the-top badassery and shameless misogyny is Duke's territory! And if you're offended by any of that (not you, but you know, the rest of the world), try to remember that it's a parody (please).

Thanks to a month delay, which really shouldn't have surprised us, Duke Nukem Forever will be out June 14 in North America, and June 10 everywhere else. We've got high hopes (but perhaps not "15 years of development" high hopes).

Apr 7, 2011

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7 comments

  • Spybreak8 - April 8, 2011 6:21 a.m.

    God the original Duke sfx put a smile on my face. NOSTALGIA SURGE ^^
  • Ultima - April 8, 2011 4:53 a.m.

    The original 2D Duke Nukem is still a great game, I've been playing it on my laptop recently. You will be hard pushed to find such a quick paced platformer even today.
  • SlinkyDink - April 8, 2011 2:10 a.m.

    So stoked for this game, already got my balls of steel paid for. I never thought it would actually come out, but miracles do happen. Praise be to Yevon!
  • kingdom - April 7, 2011 10:35 p.m.

    @WelcomeGhosts10 - I am totally on board with this sentiment. I always wanted to play Duke soooo bad and never really had the chance but I still remember ages ago hearing about "Oh...well it got passed on or cancelled or blah blah blah" and thinking on what I had missed. Its here finally and I am ready for all sorts of terribly crude jokes and kick ass FPS action!
  • WelcomeGhosts10 - April 7, 2011 10:27 p.m.

    I feel the need to get this game simply because I finally can, when Duke Nukem 3D came out I was too young to play it, so I had to go to my friends house to see it. I am a grown up now. I can buy Duke Nukem.
  • Evil_AppleJuice - April 7, 2011 9:07 p.m.

    Im really glad this is coming out this summer. I was never a big Duke fan, but after the triumph of getting the game out after over a decade of humiliation, it only seems right to give Duke, and more so the studio, all the attention and money we can throw at them. I know I will be buying it on launch day, hopefully at midnight.
  • Modroneman - April 7, 2011 9:01 p.m.

    I still can't decide if I'm happy for this or not. Something tells me this is going to be special... but I can't help but feel doubt...and I got a lot of bubblegum dammit!

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