If you feel a little… shall we say let down, after the release of the long awaited Duke Nukem Forever, it’s okay. Judging by our own review of the game (and the cries of the masses), it’s safe to say you would be in the majority. Yet there may be a silver lining at the end of this storm, if Take-Two Interactive and developer Gearbox Software have anything to say about it.
Stauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two, announced today that the company is planning future forays into the franchise post Duke Nukem Forever, and that we will be seeing the character again. Talking to Forbes, Zelnick recognized that while the fans were waiting nearly 15 years for the release of this particular title, it doesn’t mean that Gearbox Software and Duke will stop there.
Zelnick also addressed the adult themes of titles such as Borderlands and the critically acclaimed Red Dead Redemption. While big name titles, they were specifically targeted towards adults, and not to children.
“That said, when we put something out I stand behind it, I will not compromise. What is there left to be said? I’m sorry if you don’t like it. Don’t consume it.”
If you still don’t know what all the hubbub over the recent release is about, a Duke Nukem Forever demo is finally available on the PC and Xbox 360. The demo, which was originally limited to those who had picked up the Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition, will give players a chance to see for themselves if DNF is worth the fifteen year wait. As for you PS3 owners, Gearbox is working to bring it to you “as soon as possible.” Though, as with anything Duke Nukem, those could prove to be famous last words.
In the meantime, fans of the series can try and pin where — or what — Duke will possibly do next with an upcoming installment. Will he venture off Earth to conquer alien life, a possible reboot of the series, or will it be in search of Mrs. Nukem… potentially Duke’s biggest challenge yet?
Let us know what you think Ranters, and we’ll let you know more as it comes up.
Duke Nukem Forever is available now for Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and OnLive