After making the rounds, first being owned by 3D Realms, then going underground and eventually becoming legend, the game finally received a well deserved, grand announcement at PAX over the weekend, Duke Nukem now has a new home.
Gearbox Software are now the new owners of the Intellectual Property (IP). CEO Randy Pitchford is an ex-3D Realms employee, he said, “I didn’t buy it from them; they sold it to me.”
The folks at Gearbox are not novices either, the developer’s produced Borderlands, the Brothers in Arms franchise, and multiple Half-Life-related titles, including the ubiquitous Counter Strike.
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Although Gearbox’s confident Duke Nukem will become a thriving franchise, the studio wants to make sure gamers get hands on time with the demo before the game itself hits.
CEO Randy Pitchford said “I think that is an important thing to do”.
“Now that the catâ€™s out of the bag we can actually make those plans. Now we can get with retailers and figure out the launch window, and figure out demo timing, and work with the first-parties on that.”
Adding: “We werenâ€™t able to do that until this point, because if we did we risked damaging it even further.”
Here’s the press release:
Duke Nukem Franchise Transferred to Gearbox Software
Borderlands and Brothers in Arms creators, Gearbox Software, acquire ownership of the legendary Duke Nukem franchise and brand.
Dallas, TX â€“ September 5th, 2010 â€“ Gearbox Software announced today that it has acquired the full intellectual property rights of the â€˜Duke Nukemâ€™ brand including Duke Nukem Forever and all future projects in a cooperative deal made with 3D Realms. Gearbox Software is an award-winning video game developer known for the creation of original mega-hit franchises, including Borderlands and Brothers in Arms, which have each earned critical acclaim and have been bought by millions of people worldwide.
“Fifteen years ago, Duke Nukem 3D helped launch my professional video game development career,” said Randy Pitchford, President of Gearbox Software. “The Gearbox Software team and I are ecstatic that we have grown to a position to be able to pick up and carry the torch and help Duke rise back to glory in his time of need. Fans of the legendary hero and all the incredible talent that have ever helped him all deserve the very best support that we can bring. Please join me in supporting Duke in his triumphant return so that we may all enjoy the unique, one-in-million entertainment experience that only Duke Nukem can bring.
Since its inception in 1991, Duke Nukem has evolved into one of the most iconic brands in the history of video games. The Duke Nukem franchise is renowned for uniquely engaging and entertaining millions of gamers by providing them with highly explosive content and entertaining gameplay mixed with waggish humor. Franchise highlights include Duke Nukem 3D in 1997 and Duke Nukem : Manhattan Project in 2002.
“Gearbox Software was handpicked as the new home for Duke Nukem because of their continued passion, commitment and long-time heritage with the brand and 3D Realms. Gearbox and Duke Nukem make for a devastating match made in video game heaven,â€ commented Scott Miller, co-founder of 3D Realms. â€œThe gaming communityâ€™s love and demand for the Duke Nukem brand never wavered and Gearbox will not disappoint them. As you have seen from titles such as Borderlands, Gearbox will bring the right level of addictively compelling gameplay, humor and high powered explosive action to the franchise. Duke Nukem is back and will be bigger than ever.”
“Gearbox was the only home appropriate for the Duke Nukem brand. They are very talented and possess the perfect perspective and understanding of the brand. Their vision for its future direction is exciting and unbelievable. I am personally cannot wait for fans to see their unique take on the franchise,â€ said George Broussard, co-founder of 3D Realms. â€œThis will be a win-win situation for everyone involved, especially the fans.â€
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 PlayStationÂ®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360Â® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC. Duke Nukem Forever will bring players back into the Duke Nukem universe with memorable ass-kicking mayhem for the millions of fans who have been anticipating its arrival over the past decade.
For more information on Duke Nukem Forever, please visit www.Duke Nukem .com.