Duke Nukem, the embattled video game franchise that’s been dormant since the 2011 release of the disastrous Duke Nukem Forever, appears to be making a comeback.
A quick visit to this landing page reveals a “Happy 20th Anniversary” banner with a countdown clock that expires on the night of September 2 (a little over eight days away as of writing). Scroll to the bottom and you’ll find copyright information pointing to Gearbox Software, the rightful owner of the Duke Nukem franchise as of last summer.
As Polygon notes, the exact end time for the countdown is 5 p.m. PDT which just happens to coincide with the time that Gearbox Software’s panel at PAX West 2016 is over. Coincidence? I think not.
So, what does it all mean?
Duke Nukem 3D was released 20 years ago in 1996 (the original Duke Nukem came in 1991 followed by Duke Nukem II in 1993) which likely suggests we’re looking at some sort of re-release of Duke Nukem 3D. There could be more to it, however, considering several earlier Duke Nukem games disappeared from online distribution platforms like Steam and GOG late last year.
All things considered, we’ll probably see Gearbox announce a re-release of some Duke Nukem games during its PAX West panel next week. Perhaps a bundle is in order? We’ll find out soon enough.