Gearbox Takeover of Duke Nukem Forever Confirmed
Gearbox president Randy Pitchford promises Duke Nukem Forever by 2011.
After George Broussard posted a visual hint at the possible completion of the long-awaited Duke Nukem Forever, Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford announced at PAX that the game will be finished by his company.
Rumors that the Duke Nukem torch had been passed from 3D Realms to Gearbox circulated not long ago, and have now been confirmed by this announcement. Pitchford told the Wall Street Journal that the takeover actually happened in late 2009.
"The approach and investment and process at 3D Realms didn't quite make it and it cracked at the end. With Gearbox Software we brought all those pieces together. It's the game it was meant to be."
3D Realms CEO Scott Miller tried to explain to the Journal why his company failed to complete the game, citing distractions and perfectionism as the main reasons. "We were trying to build a game that was too great," he said.
Triptych Games and Piranha Games will also aid in the completion of 3D Realms work. Duke Nukem Forever will be available on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 sometime in 2011.