Take Two CEO Threatens the World With More Duke Nukem

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Posted by alex (3444 posts) -

Strauss Zelnick is, by all accounts, a pretty nice guy, especially as CEOs of major corporations go. But if it's one thing a steady diet of spy fiction and The Simpsons has taught me, it's that the nicest CEOs are usually the ones with secret plans for world domination and/or destruction.

Pictured: Strauss Zelnick, Take Two CEO and former circus contortionist.
Pictured: Strauss Zelnick, Take Two CEO and former circus contortionist.

Based on Zelnick's interview with Forbes today, it sounds like the next step in his plan to go all Hank Scorpio on the world is to move forward with new entries in the Duke Nukem franchise. When asked about future plans for the Duke Nukem IP, including any possibilities for film and TV off-shoots, Zelnick was quick to shoot down any immediate plans for other media, but did leave the lingering threat of future games wide open by saying, "We don’t really talk about it in detail but you will see future Duke IP coming from this company."

If that didn't just send shivers down your spine, I don't know what will.

Duke Nukem Forever has evidently been a financial success for the publisher, though whether or not that's relative to how much money was spent on the title over the last 15 years of development, we cannot be certain. At the very least, the game sounds like it's selling copies, in spite of largely negative reviews and significant audience criticism regarding the game's misogynistic, puerile, and sometimes downright nasty attempts at humor. The ensuing Internet kerfuffle has already led to insane people trying to bastardize science to prove the inherent "crappiness" of reviewers, and one PR person to commit career seppuku via Twitter.

Seemingly unsympathetic to the carnage already caused, Zelnick was defiant when asked for a reaction to the negative criticism associated with the game.

"...when we put something out I stand behind it, and will not compromise," he said, presumably while banging a fist down on a desk made from the bones of his enemies, while a shark swam menacingly in a tank behind him. "When you put all those things all together it’s difficult to be critical of the company. Because here in America, thank God, we have the ability to do what we want."

As a final piece of salient advice, Zelnick added, "What is there left to be said? I’m sorry if you don’t like it. Don’t consume it." On this point, Zelnick and the media would seem to be in total agreement.

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#1 Posted by alex (3444 posts) -

Strauss Zelnick is, by all accounts, a pretty nice guy, especially as CEOs of major corporations go. But if it's one thing a steady diet of spy fiction and The Simpsons has taught me, it's that the nicest CEOs are usually the ones with secret plans for world domination and/or destruction.

Pictured: Strauss Zelnick, Take Two CEO and former circus contortionist.
Pictured: Strauss Zelnick, Take Two CEO and former circus contortionist.

Based on Zelnick's interview with Forbes today, it sounds like the next step in his plan to go all Hank Scorpio on the world is to move forward with new entries in the Duke Nukem franchise. When asked about future plans for the Duke Nukem IP, including any possibilities for film and TV off-shoots, Zelnick was quick to shoot down any immediate plans for other media, but did leave the lingering threat of future games wide open by saying, "We don’t really talk about it in detail but you will see future Duke IP coming from this company."

If that didn't just send shivers down your spine, I don't know what will.

Duke Nukem Forever has evidently been a financial success for the publisher, though whether or not that's relative to how much money was spent on the title over the last 15 years of development, we cannot be certain. At the very least, the game sounds like it's selling copies, in spite of largely negative reviews and significant audience criticism regarding the game's misogynistic, puerile, and sometimes downright nasty attempts at humor. The ensuing Internet kerfuffle has already led to insane people trying to bastardize science to prove the inherent "crappiness" of reviewers, and one PR person to commit career seppuku via Twitter.

Seemingly unsympathetic to the carnage already caused, Zelnick was defiant when asked for a reaction to the negative criticism associated with the game.

"...when we put something out I stand behind it, and will not compromise," he said, presumably while banging a fist down on a desk made from the bones of his enemies, while a shark swam menacingly in a tank behind him. "When you put all those things all together it’s difficult to be critical of the company. Because here in America, thank God, we have the ability to do what we want."

As a final piece of salient advice, Zelnick added, "What is there left to be said? I’m sorry if you don’t like it. Don’t consume it." On this point, Zelnick and the media would seem to be in total agreement.

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#2 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13807 posts) -

That ceo picture looks kinda like a pin up 

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#3 Edited by big_jon (6411 posts) -

Oh God, I hope it's better than Duke Nukem Forever is all I can say, this coming from a massive Duke Nukem 3D fan.

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#4 Posted by gamb1t (1004 posts) -

sexited!!!!!!!!!

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#5 Posted by Cubical (667 posts) -

We will al be dead or to old by the time the games come out anyway/

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#6 Posted by _SubZero_ (59 posts) -

LOL okay I'm fine with more Duke Nukem games, if they improve though.

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#7 Posted by jorbear (2570 posts) -

@The_Laughing_Man: CEO Porn is the best kind of porn.

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#8 Posted by MachoFantastico (6211 posts) -

Please don't! I don't want anymore Duke.

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#9 Posted by TooWalrus (13392 posts) -

Hey, I love the parts of Duke Nukem where Duke is actually talking and interacting, the rest though is fucking boring. If they can make it into a good game, that'd be awesome.

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#10 Posted by Clubvodka (441 posts) -

Because here on the Internet, thank God, we have the ability to make sarcastic comments and bad mouth a terrible game.
 
God bless.

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#11 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13807 posts) -
@jorbear said:

@The_Laughing_Man: CEO Porn is the best kind of porn.

so you see it to? 
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#12 Posted by RE_Player1 (8006 posts) -
Is anyone seriously surprised by this? With DNF out of the picture Gearbox can make a brand new game without all the 3DRealms baggage. I'm looking forward to another Duke game, hopefully it will be of the quality of Gearbox's other games.
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#13 Posted by benjaebe (2871 posts) -

I never get tired of articles from Alex.

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#14 Posted by Hashbrowns (690 posts) -

With a decent amount of actual humor and gameplay design talent, a Duke Nukem game could be great. A game doesn't have to be completely debased to be funny. Give me a Duke Nukem I want to play as, not shoot at.

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#15 Posted by DarkbeatDK (2283 posts) -

Now is the time for that unavoidable kart racing game that any proper franchise eventually will get.

"Duke Nukem Racers coming to iOS and Nintendownloads in Q2 2012"

You heard it here first!

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#16 Posted by Etaber (174 posts) -

If they do a proper modern take on the franchise it might not be so bad.

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#17 Posted by Aetheldod (3914 posts) -

"Career seppuku" XD that is golden

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#18 Posted by mancide (214 posts) -

Some would say this game had to be released, no matter what state it was in, so that someone can attempt to revisit the IP with a good effort. It's obvious this game has elements that were hip through the various stages of this titles extremely long life-cycle. Elements that the genre has largely left behind for good reasons. I would like to see one more attempt at making Duke relevant in the current video game era, but that would have to come from a tighter development cycle, and not the long, tortured, 14-year cycle that DNF suffered from.

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#19 Posted by Hot_Karl (3321 posts) -

I want more Duke Nukem. I want next to no load times. I want better music. I want more interesting gameplay segments and setpieces. Most importantly, I want it to be self-aware, kinda like how Jeff/Ryan mentioned in the quick look. I 
 
n the world of the next game, everyone will loathe Duke, find him sexist, offensive and a complete asshole. The backlash in the real world should reflect the backlash that Duke receives in the game. Kind of like how everyone hates superheroes in The Incredibles, but with more tits.

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#20 Posted by Legend (2717 posts) -

Awesome! I really enjoyed DNF.

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#21 Posted by zebez (7 posts) -

Headline is spot on. Please no more duke nukem!

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#22 Posted by MisterMouse (3601 posts) -

oh man... I guess with the next release we will see if the Duke name has been completely ruined or not.

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#23 Posted by crusader8463 (14757 posts) -

Confirmed. Duke Nukem will be the new 5th class in Borderlands 2.

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#24 Posted by Tesla (2097 posts) -

Blow it out your ass!

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#25 Posted by mfpantst (2654 posts) -

Sequels are for pussies

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#26 Posted by 1337W422102 (1204 posts) -

Bring on the Duke.  I have Duke3D, Manhattan Project, and Forever installed right now.  MOAR.

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#27 Posted by endaround (2267 posts) -
@The_Laughing_Man said:
That ceo picture looks kinda like a pin up 
He's a bit more beefcake for your CEO calendar: 
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#28 Posted by OneKillWonder_ (2348 posts) -

Kind of already figured this, but it's good to hear about anyway. I really enjoyed DNF, but I would love to see a new Duke title with a proper development cycle from more competent developers.

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#29 Posted by Oginam (459 posts) -

Duke Nukem versus The Last Action Hero

Can play the game from either Duke or Arnold's point of view as they destroy each other's worlds. And after each world is destroyed, they try to come into our world - except Chuck Norris is there to stop them.

Lol, I think its just business speak to hold onto the IP. Nothing more.

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#30 Posted by rndmtask (144 posts) -

He could make all the Duke Nukems he wants. I'll just ignore it as I did all the other Duke Nukem games.

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#31 Posted by ChrisTaran (2034 posts) -

@mancide: You expressed my exact sentiments. I would be interested to see what they do with Duke away from the 14 years of baggage.

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#32 Posted by DoctorLazy (95 posts) -

I'd love a good new Duke Nukem game.

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#33 Posted by wafflez (560 posts) -

So with any luck, this game will be out in what.. 13 years?

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#34 Posted by NTM (9649 posts) -

I think they knew Forever was going to be as bad as it is. I'm not surprised they want to continue with Duke Nukem, since they really do want to make another great Duke Nukem game. When I was watching my brother play Forever (since I don't plan on doing so), I already got the sense that they were thinking of going forward with something else in the Duke world.

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#35 Posted by DG991 (1435 posts) -

DUKE NUKEM = GOTY

can't wait for Duke Nukem Foreverer

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#36 Posted by Gregomasta (1599 posts) -
@Clubvodka said:
Because here on the Internet, thank God, we have the ability to make sarcastic comments and bad mouth a terrible game.  God bless.
Thank God for Duke. 
 
God Bless, 
Peace Be with you.
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#37 Posted by dancingpolkabear (232 posts) -

I think there is still a lot of room for another Duke Nukem game.  Gearbox makes great games and I am really interested to see their take on the whole thing, instead of finishing of someone else's work. 

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#39 Posted by Vigorousjammer (2934 posts) -

@VinceNotVance said:

I want more Duke Nukem. I want next to no load times. I want better music. I want more interesting gameplay segments and setpieces. Most importantly, I want it to be self-aware, kinda like how Jeff/Ryan mentioned in the quick look. I

n the world of the next game, everyone will loathe Duke, find him sexist, offensive and a complete asshole. The backlash in the real world should reflect the backlash that Duke receives in the game. Kind of like how everyone hates superheroes in The Incredibles, but with more tits.

This.

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#40 Posted by Undeadpool (5811 posts) -

Alex, your headlines and captions are without peer.

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#41 Posted by JTHomeslice (265 posts) -

If Gearbox can make their own Duke Nukem game from scratch, it'll probably be great. They just need to put DNF behind them now and work on making an actual good game.

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#42 Posted by AhmadMetallic (19301 posts) -

Alex enjoys a spicy controversy 

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#43 Posted by SpacePenguin (492 posts) -

Oh god whats up with his poss in that picture?

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#44 Posted by rmanthorp (4518 posts) -

DUKE NUKEM FOREVER AND EVER!

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#45 Posted by ImperiousRix (3095 posts) -

I don't think that Duke necessarily needs to go away, he just needs to be put into a game that's made and developed in the current age.  He needs an overhaul. 
As long as the next Duke Nukem is made from the ground up by a competent developer, I'm not opposed to the idea.

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#46 Posted by falling_fast (2905 posts) -

article title made me laugh. thanks :]

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#47 Posted by TheMasterDS (2904 posts) -

Jesus Christ, not more Duke Nukem. Anything but that!

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#48 Posted by GreggD (4595 posts) -

@DarkbeatDK said:

Now is the time for that unavoidable kart racing game that any proper franchise eventually will get.

"Duke Nukem Racers coming to iOS and Nintendownloads in Q2 2012"

You heard it here first!

Ever heard of Death Rally?

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#49 Posted by PhatSeeJay (3331 posts) -

I'm all for a NEW Duke Nukem game. I hate DNF, and how it just kept going despite derailing half a decade ago, BUT I still hold the franchise in high regards and would love a new game.

A game where the pre-production was made this side of the millennium!

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#50 Posted by babylonian (883 posts) -

Man, do I love Alex's writing style. I actually laughed out loud at the image caption.

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