Gearbox software only finished and published Duke Nukem Forever because they were contractually obliged to when they got the Duke Nukem license. Their goal was always to make a Duke Nukem game, but they had to get Forever out of the way first.
"2016 Balls of Steel, LLC. Published and distributed by Gearbox Publishing. Duke Nukem, Hail to the King, Gearbox and the Gearbox Software and Duke Nukem logos are registered trademarks, and Gearbox Publishing is a trademark, all used courtesy of Gearbox Software, LLC"
What is Balls of Steel LLC?
Also, the countdown should just preemptively set to 10 years.
Honestly, I think a new Duke Nukem installment could work. I mean come on, y'all are celebrating this new DOOM game over here and yet you ain’t got room in your heart for one more good Duke Nukem?
That being said....I wouldn't want it developed by Gearbox.
Anyways, how do you modernize duke nukem? the character is kinda obsolete, who could possibly write him just with the enough amount of self awareness that it doesn't come off as too strawman-ish but also that no one can mistake his misogynism as genuine?
It has gotta be the new episode/source port or whatever they were working on for Duke 3D. Jon St. John was recording new lines earlier this year.
Best case scenario, its that, and a reveal of a new THIRD PARTY Duke game. My personal preference: more interactivity, fantastic level design, and creative weaponry. Focus less on Duke. The easiest, most played out approaches would be to play up the outdatedness or how obnoxious he is. Do neither, and instead attempt to replicate what made people love Duke 3D in the first place.
This combined to how other characters reacted to Sgt. Cortez in Time Splitters: Future Perfect could be a good way.
Duke should be Badass and Capable in combat, but dumb and full of machismo in anything else with everyone around him showing absolute no respect for him and him being unaware that he's coming off as lame.