Gamers had to wait more than a decade to experience Duke Nukem Forever, but hopefully we don't have nearly as long of a wait for a new entry. Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford said the studio is still interested in that franchise, with Pitchford's goal to build a brand new Duke Nukem game.
In a recent interview, Pitchford explained the motivation behind Gearbox buying the Duke Nukem rights was more than just ensuring DNF released. He wants to actually build a Duke Nukem game from the ground up, and given Gearbox's history, that could be very exciting. It would also mean a chance for the studio to really show its chops for the franchise instead of expanding on an existing game, like with DNF.
"I willingly and lovingly acquired the brand. When I did that, I wasn’t thinking that the only goal is just to make sure everyone could play Duke Nukem Forever. The real goal for me is I’d like to build a Duke Nukem game again.
"I think what I would do and what Gearbox would do would be a little different [than Duke Nukem Forever]. I think it would be amazing, and I look forward to that."
A completely Gearbox-built Duke Nukem game sounds like a glorious thing, so here's hoping Pitchford gets his wish.