Guesses about the development of the game:
Duke Nukem Forever is part of a conspiracy amongst the video game companies to downplay vaporware.Think about it. Duke Nukem's ship sailed a decade ago. Even when this game was announced, people were already sick of the snarky pop culture pastiche. While I think it was an actual planned game some time ago, I think it has been cancelled in reality (probably around the first engine swap). So why does 3D Realms continue to claim that they're developing it? Because by doing so, they and everybody else in the video game development community can benefit from having the ultimate vaporware product. Vaporware usually gets attention, but by having a game that has spent over a decade in development, nothing really seems so bad in comparison. Have an ambitious game get delayed an extra year because you fired the original staff? It won't make the headlines on the gaming websites because in comparison, Duke Nukem Forever is worse. Basically, Duke Nukem Forever gives them free rein to be as late as they want, for as lame a reason as they want, because no matter what, it isn't Duke Nukem Forever. And just to make sure that people continue talking about Duke Nukem Forever, they release the first promotional material for it in little over eight years. Don't be surprised if, when 3D Realms goes out of business, some other company will mercifully buy out their properties and continue "development" on Duke Nukem Forever.
Being a generic shooter, Yahtzee will pretend the game is still in development hellIt's either that, or he'll stick with thefake review he's already got.
The makers of DNF made a deal with the Devil.As a result of this deal, when DNF is finally finished and released to the public, the world will end. Thus they are delaying it as much as humanly possible.
The Halo Trilogy is really Duke Nukem Forever.As explained by this comic
Duke Nukem Forever is suffering from Seiken Densetsu Syndrome.Seiken Densetsu, of course, being the infamous FDS vaporware title.
Duke Nukem Forever was never intended to be released."Forever" refers to how long the fans would wait.
Duke Nukem Forever is not a video game.Duke Nukem Forever is a game, but not a video game that exists in a physical support like a hard disk or a DVD: it is a game that people play by posting about this supposed video game in gaming forums and writing articles about it in gaming sites or magazines. The aim of the game is not to think about a video game titled Duke Nukem Forever and the game is lost instantly whenever such thought happens. This means that gamers have been playing (and losing at) Duke Nukem Forever since 1996 (that's when a sidescrolling shooter titled "Duke Nukem Forever" was announced).
Duke Nukem Forever will be released in 2011Recently, the other high profile Vapor Ware title, Chinese Democracy by Gun N' Roses, just came out. It took 14 years. Since it seems like there are a lot of parallels with Duke Nukem Forever, it seems only natural that it will line up in development time.
Duke Nukem Forever was released in 2003It's just that no one told you. No, really. Sorry about that, by the way.
Duke Nukem Forever will cause the End of the World as We Know It if it's released.It's not a video game, but a signal to the Great Old Ones that the stars are in alignment and that their time has returned. As long as it's not released, the Old Ones will never receive their signal and will slumber forevermore. It's 'vapourware' because some brave heroes defeated the mad cult behind the other games (which, using mind-control, had created a massive wave of popularity surrounding them) and it's taken this long for interest in the latest release to die down sufficiently so that it can be safely disposed of.
Duke Nukem Forever will be released on December 21, 2012.
Duke Nukem Forever will be released as a Virtual Reality simulation.Which means that we won't be seeing it reaaaaaly long time XD.
Before DNF will be released - few other Duke Nukem games will appear.Just so fans won't lose hope =)
Duke Nukem Forever is a timelord..... that got lost in timeOn the plus side I thik its finally found its way home.
Duke Nukem Forever will be released before Max Payne 3DNF is on the 2011 calender, but Max Payne 3 is not.
Duke Nukem Forever is going to hang so many lampshades on the development HellI mean, it's very noticeable, the least Gearbox is gonna do is note it as well.
SOMETHING will happen so the game becomes vaporware again.
The next game after Forever will be Duchess Nukem
Duke Nukem Forever is supposed to go on forever.Hence why it took so long to complete. The designers wanted to find a way of making the gameplay infinite, yet never become tedious. This was abandoned when they realised such a game would take until the end of time to complete, so they just decided to make the version we're about to experience. If they ever decide to do this, the finished project will be called Duke Nukem Eternity. The only people who will ever play it would exist outside of time and space. If God exists, He is finally getting his copy.
The next game will be titled Duke Nukem Go(es to Japan)Think about it: the third game was 3D; the fourth was 4ever; if the trend of bad puns is to continue, the fifth game has got to play off "One, Two, Three, Four, Go!". Besides, everything's better with Japan and the land is full of babes yet to be... saved by Duke. Of course, DN 5 won't be released until 2086.
Duke Nukem doesn't actually exist, he's a fantasy alter-ego.It's not an uncommon story: Weak, pushover, pacifistic nerd dates the wrong kind of woman for him- bossy, abusive, never "puts out" no matter how much he tries to impress her, so he envisions himself as the complete opposite, a guy who lacks all of his respect for women, women fall at his feet and gush over his muscles, wields a gun and fights aliens like it's nothing...because All Girls Want Bad Boys, right? Unfortunately, he never realizes that going to the other extreme won't impress women in real life, either.
Gearbox wanted to do other Duke games, but had to get DNF out of the way first.There had already been rumors about Duke Begins and Gearbox, but for any Duke game, Duke Nukem Forever would be like an elephant in the middle of the room, or an imaginary 800-pound gorilla, or choose your metaphor: the theoretical game against which any actual game would be compared, and probably found wanting, and the specter of DNF would be forever hovering over the franchise. Finishing and releasing DNF clears away any unrealistic expectations and allows the team to start fresh and make a coherent project without the shadow of the King of Vaporware looming over them.
DNF was a Franchise KillerGoing off the above theroy, this seems the only option for this franchise. A quick glance of the reviews on DNF say that it's avrage AT BEST while many others have panned it. Yahtzee said that if he didn't know the history of this game, he says he'd think it was RUSHED, and giantbomb ended it's review with this little comment: "If you're not willing to play a sloppy, cobbled together first-person shooter just because it has some kind of weird historical meaning, though, just forget this ever happened and move on." Despite the sequel tease, it's very unlikely that'll happen. People have been burned by the wating time to be 'rewarded' for a generic, brown, FPS and they won't want to see anything else from The King.
The game is a Time LordThe reason that there were so many different iterations of it over the years is that it was regenerating.
What Could Have Been: in 1999, the game was supposed to end with Duke launching a nuclear missile to the Hoover Dam from Area 51For years before its release, we have known what locations would be seen in the game, and we were able to make an educated guess about the order in which the locations would be visited. Namely: Casino inside -> streets of Vegas -> desert -> Hoover Dam -> Area 51. This◊ 1999 screenshot is set inside a launch facility, which we can infer to be part of Area 51 (the only military base in the game), and shows a missile being launched. The final game had nothing of the sort, except that:
Duke was supposed to fight a Battlelord three times instead of two, but the third fight has been Dummied OutAt the end of the first fight with the Battlelord, Duke rips out one of its horns and sticks it into its left eye. During the second fight, he does the same thing, but then the Battlelord gets up again until Duke brings its energy back to zero, rips out another horn and sticks it into the other eye. But a Battlelord has three horns, which means we never see Duke rip out all three of them. This, as well as a peculiar line from Captain Dylan during the second fight, lets us guess that Duke was supposed to meet and fight a third Battlelord, which would have ended up with all three horns ripped off. Captain Dylan's line, which was originally supposed to be pronounced during the third fight, lets us guess what Duke would have done with the third horn: "Come on, rip out his horn and shove it up his asshole!"
Guesses about the plot of the game:
The EDF are why so many of Duke's guns have changed in DNFAfter Duke saved the world, the Earth Defense Force was established in order to defend the Earth in case of another invasion. But there was all these alien firearms that only Duke could use just lying around. And there sure as Hell wasn't gonna be anymore invasions any time soon. So they took the time out to modify the weapons for military use.
The Holsom Twins are part of a plot to distract Duke so the aliens can conquer Earth without his interference.The aliens noticed that, whenever Duke encounters one of their operations, he invariably ends up blowing it to hell. Wanting him out of the way, they build two identical fembots to keep him fully distracted until it's too late for him to stop their takeover. Unfortunately, whoever organized the plan never told the grunts about it, and they end up kidnapping the fembots.
Duke shot first.Or that's how the Emperor wants it to look, at least. Duke gets a bad feeling in the Duke Cave, and then suddenly there are alien bastards trashing things inside the cave, trying to kill him, drinking his beer, and playing basketball without his permission. Then when Duke clears them all out and mounts his turret, he comes face to face with the Mothership. What happens when this stage starts? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Even on "Damn I'm Good" difficulty, the ship will do nothing to Duke - UNTIL HE OPENS FIRE. Then - and only then - does the battle begin.
Doctor Proton was exploiting Duke's popularity for his own purposes.
Duke Nukem's regenerating ego in the place of health makes sense in universe.Tile 4484 in Duke Nukem 3D (Atomic Edition) shows the text "Ultimate warrior", with a picture of Duke detailing his brain, skin layer, cells and DNA. This is a clue that Duke has been genetically engineered to be the ultimate warrior and actually possesses a Wolverine-like healing factor. This only appeared in Duke Nukem Land Of The Babes and subsequent games due to Literary Agent Hypothesis.
Doctor Proton is Duke Nukem's father.Not necessarily in the natural sense, if Duke is the result of a supersoldier program, but Doctor Proton might have been the original leader of the supersoldier program, and he might have used his DNA as the starting point to create Duke. This would explain how he was able to take over Area 51: because he used to legitimately work there. During Duke's childhood, Doctor Proton might have looked after Duke (who probably lived in Area 51 among scientists) and might even have felt fatherly love for him (which would explain why Doctor Proton claims to "bestow love" onto Duke's robotic clones). Probably, he was looking forward to the day Duke would agree to take over the world with him, except that Duke refused. That would explain why Doctor Proton now hates Duke: because Duke was his greatest hope and turned out to be his greatest disappointment. On the contrary, he still "loves" the robotic clones because they cannot disobey him. Duke is unaware of all this (he probably does not relate the man who used to be his father with the current form of Doctor Proton), but in one of the next games, Doctor Proton will proclaim: "Duke, I am your father!
Another of Duke's powers is recovering from alcohol extra quickly, and the "beer" in the game is actually extra powerful.First, note that even though Duke gets drunk from a single beer, he returns to sobriety in under a minute, meaning he must be extra resistant to alcohol. But then why does he get drunk from a single beer? It must be some kind of super-alcohol that manages to make even Duke drunk (and even then, he's only slightly tipsy) and would probably kill any normal man.