Duke Nukem Forever is an iconic example of vaprware. In fact, it defines this term. Over ten years in making, and still nowhere near the completion. This is a sad lesson in how not to develop commercial software. Someone should probably write a book based on the project’s ability to delay release indefinitely due to internal and external influences. The game has been a joke for years now, and no one takes it seriously anymore. Except 3drealms of course.
You doubtlessly have seen the teaser they released yesterday. If you didn’t, here is the youtube vid:
What do you think? This doesn’t really even look all that great. Personally I don’t believe this game will ever see the light of the day but perhaps I’m wrong.
I know we just had a poll, but it has to be done:
A lot of us have fond memories of playing the original but we already have a generation of gamers who know Duke only by reputation. And not by the reputation as a kick-ass, no holds barred, campy romp but as the ultimate vaporware. Will the younger gamers who grew up playing serious, story driven FPS games like HL2 or Halo series will care about Nukem? Can they make this game fun enough to make up for the disastrous 10+ year development cycle and appease both the old guard with their annoying nostalgia, and the new audiences with their demanding tastes? Once they release it they can hardly blame bugs and inconsistencies on “rushing it into production”.
I think the smartest thing they could do would be to cut their losses now and just scrap the project. But I might be wrong.
[tags]duke nukem, duke nukem forever, dnf, 3drealms, gaming[/tags]