Having revealed on Friday that it has come to the rescue of long-struggling shooting sequel Duke Nukem Forever, it has now been confirmed that developer Gearbox has been given complete control of the Duke Nukem IP.
“Gearbox 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,” Scott Miller of former DNF developer 3D Realms stated.
“Gearbox and Duke Nukem make for a devastating match made in video game heaven. The gaming community'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.”
Fellow 3D Realms man George Broussard added: “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 This will be a win-win situation for everyone involved, especially the fans.”