The ongoing saga that is Duke Nukem Forever continued to rumble onwards at an increasingly annoying pace over the last few days, when it was alleged by Gamespot that Take Two were offering an incentive of $500,000
to ensure the game was released before the end of 2006.
In an angry forum response, Duke Nukem co-creator, George Broussard had this to say:
“Our deal is simple. We're making the game. It'll be done when it's done. We've funded 99.999% of the game (aside from a very, very small advance from GT Interactive, years ago, before Take 2 bought the game from them). It's our risk, our necks and our gamble. Under the deal we should be earing royalties from about unit 30,000 or so (that's a real small number), so yeah...
As for the 500k completion bonus, I don't even know were that came from. Scott would know, but I do know that we never cared or asked for it, and I think it was just tossed in as part of some other agreement. We're certainly not motivated by that amount of money, after all this time, and getting the game right is what matters. I would never ship a game early (even a couple of months), for 500k.”
This news will most probably receive mixed response from Nukem fans. With many sceptical about the game ever getting out of its ten year development, the idea of a confirmed release date would be welcomed. However, if Duke Nukem Forever were released prematurely, with poor design, it would almost certainly spell the end of the franchise.
Would you like to see Nukem released sometime this year or are you prepared to wait for it to be perfected? Let us know in the forums.