Today, the Wall Street Journal – which is probably one of only a few sources from which this story would be believed – reports that Gearbox Software (Borderlands) have taken over development of the long awaited Duke Nukem Forever.
“The game is being finished by Gearbox Software and will be published by Take-Two Interactive, maker of the “Grand Theft Auto” series. The game is being shown to consumers and the press for the first time at a video game convention today. Gearbox hopes to release the game next year.” – Wall Street Journal
Randy Pitchford, CEO of Gearbox Software, worked on the previous Duke Nukem 3D before leaving 3D Realms with others to form Gearbox.
According to Pitchford, Gearbox began finishing “Duke Nukem Forever” in late 2009. “Clearly the game hadn’t been finished at 3D Realms but a lot of content had been created,” he says. “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.” – Wall Street Journal
This should be a nice surprise for the PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) attendees where more info on the game is being reveled on Sunday. While there is no official news no the Gearbox or Take Two websites yet (at the time of this writing), I’m sure more info will be posted there soon.