Could Gearbox have taken over Duke Forever development?

Even though 3D Realms had to fire much of its staff earlier this year, the faithful are still hoping that, one day, they might still get to sit down and play Duke Nukem Forever. According to Kotaku, that might not be such a pipe dream. Sources "claiming to have knowledge of the situation" told the site that Gearbox Software has taken over the long-awaited shooter's development.

Gearbox is, of course, known for its Half-Life expansions, the Brothers in Arms series, and more recently, the satisfying co-op shooter Borderlands. Kotaku says it couldn't get confirmation from either 3D Realms' George Broussard or Gearbox's Randy Pitchford, although the latter did say "he may be able to better clarify the situation further at this year's Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle."

Now, Shacknews did report last month that court documents from the Take-Two vs. 3D Realms lawsuit identify Gearbox as the developer of Duke Begins, another title in the Duke Nukem franchise. Gearbox having taken over George Broussard's (dangerously post-term) baby doesn't seem impossible, although it is quite a leap.

In any case, Kotaku says Gearbox might have a playable Duke Forever demo ready for us later this year... almost in time for the 14-year anniversary of the game's announcement.

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