2K Games Was Once Developing "Duke Begins"


Posted June 22, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

Duke Nuke Em Forever

If you're bummed at the cancellation of long-awaited video game Duke Nukem Forever here's another blow to your heart: According to documents filed in lawsuit between Apogee and 2K Games, another Duke title, Duke Begins, was also canceled.

Here's how the lawsuit describes the situation:

The original development schedule for the Duke Begins game provided that the game was to be completed and commercially released by mid-2010...

Take Two and/or its subsidiary 2K Games halted or otherwise canceled all development work by the third-party game developer on the Duke Begins game in April 2009... without Apogee's approval or consent...

When Apogee confronted Take-Two and 2K Games about the... cancellation of the Duke Begins development work... Take-Two and 2K Games simply denied it... Take-Two and 2K Games are taking such actions with a goal of pressuring Apogee to sell the Duke Nukem franchise rights to Take-Two for less than their true value.

Ouch. So it looks like two different Duke Nukem games were started by two different companies, and neither one will ever see the light of day.

It also looks as though the Duke Nukem saga will never, ever end -- ever. This is either a blessing or a curse, depending on how you feel about the original Duke Nukem games and the development of vaporware.

But hey, let's take bets: I say we'll see a true "current gen" Duke Nukem in 2011. Anyone have a prediction?


2K Games Was Once Developing "Duke Begins"


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