The lights are on
If you've been anticipating the Gearbox-approved fan remake of Duke Nukem 3D, it's time to put that enthusiasm on hold. According to indie studio Interceptor Entertainment, the team behind the PC remake, the project has been put on hold indefinitely. And before you light those torches and prepare your travel plans to storm Gearbox's office, you should know that the disappointing news isn't their fault.
The news came via a recent forum post from project lead Frederik Schreiber. In it, Schreiber says that while the team still has the noncommercial license to use Duke Nukem, "there are some conditions which we can't live with, with our license and agreement. And because of this, we have decided to put the project on hold." Schreiber later elaborates by complaining that the team doesn't have a guarantee that it can distribute the game to the public once it's finished. Considering the game's multiplayer component was apparently 90 percent complete and was getting close to beta, fans and members of the game's community who donated to the game's cause were appropriately annoyed.
There is a slim beacon of hope, though. "This might change in the future – it all depends on what Gearbox decides to do, after the DNF DLC has been released," Schreiber says. It seems as though Gearbox is either going to have to decide to change the terms of that initial deal or Interceptor will have to learn to live with those terms – if indeed that was the core reason behind putting the game in stasis.
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How awful. I bet 2k was behind this!
I really doubt Gearbox would pull a "yeah you can make...but you can't release it!" stance. Like he says, once all is said and done with the DN Forever DLC I can see them loosening the reins.
Gearbox has said they want to do their OWN Duke Nukem -- that DF Forever was mostly complete they felt obligated to finish -- and closing the cap on the DK 3D with a fan remake, multiplayer and all, seems in spirit of the whole franchise. That would also clear the way for Gearbox to do something totally new next time, not just Duke Nukem 3D TWO, with multiplayer.
Meh oh well. Duke had his moments and now there are much better games to replace him.
of course. 10 more years to go
Well at least it was better then the BF3 beta, and thats saying alot.
Poor Duke. Everything he touches he breaks. I was excited about this at first but I had a feeling it was too good to happen. For all you duke fans, just do what I have. Original Duke Nukem 3D, and the high resolution pack. It may not be what you were all hoping for, but it's still pretty amazing
That sucks hopefully Gearbox will give them permission cause we all know this will be better then Duke Nukem Forever lol
I didn't know a remake was being made in the first place...
Sounds to me like maybe Interceptor entered the the deal and is deciding now that they want to change it, but who knows. Maybe Gearbox told them they would be getting paid, and now is saying they won't be. I would like to know what's going with this deal. I was looking forward to this remake, but of course money got in the way.
its now so obvious : nobody likes making duke games.
How about a remake of the other Build engine game from 3D Realms called Shadow Warrior: Lo Wang?
I'd like to see these terms, so I can determine who is being unreasonable here.
Ive never understood this. Duke Nukem was never a huge deal to begin with. None of the games were what Id consider good. Heck I even played the little side scrolling 2D games as a kid. Why bother with this? Duke is kind of a corny character anyways. I get he's meant to be slightly comedic, but again, I just dont understand the deal here.
As someone else already stated, let him die. Come up with something original.
Gearbox should cooperate with the team to make sure this remake will be released - it's just too good of an idea to let it go...