Let the Duke die in peace


With another scant Duke Nukem rumour doing the rounds, is it time we just let the Duke go?

Ever since 3D Realms released the dumb, dastardly and dangerous shooter https://i1.wp.com/www.radnerd.com/wp-content/uploads/11.jpgDuke Nukem 3D, back in 1996, rumours of a sequel have been never-ending. Since the Duke Nukem Forever project originally started in 1997, there have been delays, changes of direction, legal battles, more delays, bankruptcies, constant development breakdowns, rebuilds and, yes you guessed it, more delays. For a game that’s been in production for over 12 years, the chances of it ever being released are about as likely as..well… Duke Nukem Forever ever seeing the light of day!

But the rumours keep coming, and it seems the Duke won’t just let go and move into the light. During a panel at the MAGfest, the voice of Duke, Jon St. John, said that fans should keep the faith, and remain positive (and curious) about a future release.

“Let me go ahead and tell you right now that I’m not allowed to talk about Duke Nukem Forever,” he said at the panel. This was of course met with a chorus of groans and moans, but St. John insisted that this news was not all negative.

“No, no, don’t be disappointed. Read between the lines. Why am I not allowed to talk about it?”

To be honest, you could read pretty much anything into that statement. Yes, he could be holding tight on news of an eminent release. But this is unlikely, especially when you consider that 3D Realms, the driving-force behind the project, recently filed for bankruptcy. Without them, the Duke would appear to be dead and buried.

But it’s also worth considering that Take Two and 2K Games have been working on similar titles within the Duke Nukem franchise. Maybe one of these projects could be about to make a grand entrance? But again, considering the legal tangle that the three developers have been/are currently involved in, any statement by St. John is going to be closely guarded.

So will we ever see the Duke on our screens again? Well this story doesn’t look like coming to an end anytime soon, and while there’s still demand and interest involved in the project, there will always be a chance. If Duke Nukem Forever was finally released and hit the shelves today, it’d sell like the hottest of cakes, and for that fact the project will keep on rolling indefinitely.

But really, I doubt the title will ever make it. It’s been delayed so often it’s become an industry joke, and every time a rumour sneaks into the room, it’s laughed at and shooed away. Duke Nukem Forever has always been dated, ever since it was originally conceived. The violence is no longer overpowering, the context is no longer relevant and any edge of controversy or sensation has been corroded away by time and a constantly moving industry. And it’s not only always been dated in its context; it’s been graphically and technically dated. As soon as it seems to be making headway, it’s stopped by an internal problem, and by the time it’s all been fixed, it already looks old. In a sense, Duke Nukem Forever has always been one step behind the rest, and in today’s world, it has no chance of survival.

So let’s stop these pointless rumours of a grand comeback. Duke Nukem Forever will probably never make it out of the offices from which it is created, and it’s been through so many setbacks it’s likely to be a jumbled and unconfident mess. Let’s just let the Duke die in peace and with humanity, and remember him for the great works he produced in the past.

Scott Tierney

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2 Responses to “Let the Duke die in peace”

  1. i had enjoyed duke nukem 2. a nice side scrolling dos based game with good replay value. dont know why all of the sudden duke had to turn to adult gimmicks in duke3d and this is where the game lost. duke nukem manhatten project was good but was too short and too complex at times.

  2. wow what a interesting post , its really

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