Randy Pitchford didn’t just acquire the franchise for Duke Nukem Forever.
Gearbox Software isn’t done with the Duke Nukem franchise just yet. Boss Randy Pitchford recently spoke at the Develop 2015 conference (as reported by Eurogamer) and revealed that it would like to work with another developer to bring a new Duke Nukem game to life..
“I did not acquire the franchise merely so people could experience Duke Nukem Forever. That was, sort of, the toll to pay to give Duke Nukem a chance at a future.
“So yes. In fact, we’ve done some concept development. The challenge is that Gearbox is very busy. A faster way would be if the correct developer would become interested and we’d work with them.”
“I think that’s it’s a challenging problem, but there’s no doubt that, when it does happen, the entire industry will turn its head. Getting attention in this industry is one of the hardest things to do.”
Will it end up being better than Duke Nukem Forever, which was in development at 3D Realms for 10 years before being acquired by Gearbox and pretty much released as is to middling acclaim? One can only hope.