Oh boy, another Duke Nukem story. It seems that the lawsuit between 3D Realms and Take 2 has been settled, and now Duke Nukem Forever is in the capable hands of Gearbox, developer of Borderlands and the Brothers In Arms series. The question is: who could possibly care?
Consider my predicament. I’ve heard about Duke Nukem Forever since 1997, when I first read about it in a game magazine. (Ultra Game Players, I believe.) How can I possibly care about the game in 2010, or 2011, or 2012?
But that’s me, and possibly other people in my age group.
What about some kid who’s 14-year-old today, has only heard of Duke Nukem 3D in passing—THE TOP 10 MOST CONTROVERSIAL GAMES OF THE 90s lists and the like—and isn’t familiar with the constant start-stop of Duke Nukem Forever? To this kid, it’s probably a case of, “Oh, cool, a new shooter. I want it.”
Which is what I assume Gearbox is banking on.
The greatest injustice I can think of is that Gearbox makes a genuinely good game and people ignore it out of spite.
But again, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. If it’s good, it’s good.
What more can you say?