When will the gaming world tire of stories about a sequel to Duke Nukem? It's been 20 years (!) since the original game was released, but it's apparently so enmeshed in gamers' consciousnesses that every rumor, scrap of news and broken promise still resonates. Well, here's today's Duke Nukem news:
According to unnamed sources quoted by gaming blog Kotaku, Gearbox, the company that brought you Borderlands, is reviving the game, and a playable demo will be released later this year.
Much like the X-Files, I want to believe, and the evidence is at least plausible...
- Gearbox was developing now scrapped game Duke Begins.
- Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford declined to comment to Kotaku, but did say he may be able to "better clarify the situation further" at this year's Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle over Labor Day Weekend.
- Gearbox and Duke Nukem would be a perfect fit.
- It would be pretty awesome.
Okay, not the most solid case ever made, but I can't help but hold out hope. No matter how many times my dreams have been dashed in the past, the thought of gaming's greatest piece of vaporware actually being released still makes me happy... only thing is, how could it ever measure up to the hype?
What about you? Do you even still care about this long-dormant franchise?