There has been some confusion over Duke Nukem as of late. 3D Realms is the original creator of the game who released the first title under its then-name, Apogee software. In 2010, the rights of the franchise were acquired by Gearbox Software, but 3D Realms some how forgot this and attempted to make a new Duke game, this was quickly shot down and has since been turned into Bombshell.
Since then however, Gearbox completed the release of Duke Nukem Forever, and from here Duke has remained in the shadows. But a new game could be on the horizon if Gearbox can find a developer for the game.
Speaking at Develop 2015, Gearbox Studios boss Randy Pitchford said that he wants to work on a new Duke Nukem game, with the help of an outside developer. When asked if a new Duke Nukem title would be made, he said:
I did not acquire the franchise merely so people could experience Duke Nukem Forever. That was, sort of, the toll to pay to give Duke Nukem a chance at a future.
So yes. In fact, we’ve done some concept development. The challenge is that Gearbox is very busy. A faster way would be if the correct developer would become interested and we’d work with them.
After almost a decade and a half of development, Gearbox finally came and completed the release of Duke Nukem Forever which sadly hit some mixed reviews.
I think that’s it’s a challenging problem, but there’s no doubt that, when it does happen, the entire industry will turn its head. Getting attention in this industry is one of the hardest things to do.
That’s probably one of the biggest problems Forever had – for 10 years it was promised as the greatest game that would ever be made. It was legendary in its vapourware status. So it had a particular pole of attention.
So could a new Duke Nukem game be made, yes if another developer wants to help out. Though looking back at the last time Gearbox partnered with another studio, we ended up with Aliens: Colonial Marines.