Next-Gen Duke Nukem in the Works... And It's an Action/RPG?

The iconic protagonist may pick himself off the mat and try again.

It was no way for a video game legend to say goodbye. Duke Nukem Forever was universally panned by critics, and it was all the more unfortunate because we had to wait 13 years for it.

But you can't keep a King down. Developer Interceptor Entertainment seems to be working on a new franchise entry, and it isn't what you expect.... The studio initially asked for 10,000 Facebook likes, at which point they'd translate some encrypted text. But some die-hard fans cracked the code first:

"The king makes his next generation debut in Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction. A top-down action role-playing game for PC and PlayStation."

Chances are, if it's coming to PlayStation and PC, it's coming to Xbox as well. Furthermore, there's a new teaser site with a countdown clock that ends on February 25. At the site, you can see a picture of Kick-Ass Gum, which reminds veteran gamers of the classic line in question.

Obviously, though, the most intriguing part of this news involves that action/RPG bit. Duke Nukem was one of the original pioneers in the first-person shooter genre; to have it be a "top-down action/RPG" almost seems like sacrilege. Then again, considering the massive flop that was DNF, maybe it's time for a change. I just wonder what a Duke with skill trees and experience will be like.

As for Interceptor Entertainment, remember that they produced a few side-scrolling Duke Nukem titles for iOS. Furthermore, it was reported last year that the developer was working with original franchise creator Scott Miller.

Published Feb. 3rd 2014
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