Gearbox Software Acquires Rights To Entire Duke Nukem Franchise, Free Level Cap Upgrade For Borderlands


Posted September 5, 2010 - By Kevin Kelly

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Leave it to Gearbox to both stand and end PAX with bangs of equal resonance. First they sent shockwaves through the gaming world by announcing that (as hard as it still is to believe) Duke Nukem Forever will actually be coming out next year, then they slapped us in the face to bring us back to reality by having the game playable on the PAX show floor. 

Just when we thought we'd fully recovered from that bombshell, CEO Randy Pitchford decided to tell us that Borderlands is getting a free patch (for all platforms) that rebalances at different levels, and also increases the level cap to 69 at their Sunday afternoon panel. Hooray for free stuff! But surely that's not all, right? Of course not.

Not only is there more news (including more Duke Nukem news), but they also bought pizza for the entire audience. I hope that driver got a good tip. Read on for more.  

A very emotional Randy Pitchford took a lot of time to bring impact to the fact that the day Duke died was an extremely emotional day at 3D Realms where a lot of people, including many of Pitchford's close friends like co-found George Broussard, lost their jobs. He stressed the fact that he feels like he owes his entire career to Duke Nukem, and he stressed that the game that is coming out is 3D Realms' game.

He also announced that Gearbox has also acquired the rights to the entire Duke Nukem franchise from 3D Realms. The first product to be available under the Duke Nukem brand will be the long awaited Duke Nukem Forever.  Duke Nukem Forever will be published by 2K Games, which has exclusive, long-term publishing rights to the game and is expected to launch in 2011 on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.

They showed four new screenshots from Aliens: Colonial Marines to show that they are indeed hard at work on the title, and that it will be coming out. They didn't have gameplay or anything to show us, but they wanted to underscore the fact that the game remains a priority, and that the company has been growing and can handle multiple titles at once. So: no release date, no gameplay, no footage, but hey ... the four screenshots looked exciting. Hopefully we can get those to show you later.

Oh, and that Heat movie game that was talked about awhile ago? Sadly, it ain't happening.

They also showed us the brand new Claptrap Episode 4, which was appropriately expletive-laden, and hilarious. It'll hit the net after awhile, as they wanted to make it a sort of timed PAX exclusive. But you'll be able to see it eventually. More as we get it!

Gearbox Software Acquires Rights To Entire Duke Nukem Franchise, Free Level Cap Upgrade For Borderlands


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