One Of These Games Is The New Duke Nukem Forever

Duke Nukem Forever is dead and gone (I think.) Its possible successor on the great video game milk cart of missing games, Alan Wake, is on the verge of release. So what, then, is the New Duke Nukem Forever?

Here are some candidates:

Black Mesa

First Inklings: This fan-made re-creation the original Half-Life using development studio Valve's Source engine was started back in 2004. Its team was working its way through development challenges in 2006. A trailer and late-2009 release date emerged last year. The game did not.

Last Sighting: The development studio announced last month that Black Mesa will be out "in the near future."

Cave Story WiiWare

First Inkling: The 2004 free PC game was shown running on a Nintendo Wii in late 2008. It would be a WiiWare game, presumably soon. The game was again playable on the Wii at the Penny Arcade Expo in September 2009. So, again, coming soon, yes?

Last Sighting: Tyrone Rodriguez, whose Nicalis studio is handling the WiiWare version, told me last month that the game is complete and in submission with Nintendo. Seems like it's coming real soon.

Diablo III Blizzard announced the game with a dramatic bit of web-work in 2008. This game was playable last August, but...

Last Sighting: Late last year, an Activision Blizzard exec put Diablo III in his slideshow of upcoming games. It didn't go in the 2010 column. It went in the "next few years" column.

Gran Turismo 5

First Inkling: Sony's PS3-only racing game was announced in 2006, but was expected as far back as Gran Turismo 4's release in 2005. Since then, three Forza racing games have come out on rival platform Xbox 360. No Gran Turismo console games. (A long-missing Gran Turismo PSP did finally come out in 2009, though.)

Last Sighting: The game has been playable at Sony events since last year, which is more than can be said about most of the other games on this list. But, screeching around the bend for an early to mid 2010 release, Gran Turismo was just shifted to a TBA release window by Sony.

Half Life 2: Episode 3 First Inklings: Half-Life 2 Episode 3 has been expected since Half-Life 2's episodic expansions were announced in early 2005. Episode 1 was out in 2006, Episode 2 in 2007. Episode 3 is 2008, right? Wrong. How about 2009? Nope.

Last Sighting: We spotted Half-Life 2 Episode 3 concept art in 2008. But then Game Informer went and rumoured this month that there won't even be new Half-Life content in 2010.

Jerry Bruckheimer's Games

First Inkling: Pirates of the Caribbean and CSI super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer announced in late 2007 that he would be starting an initiative to make video games with MTV. An MTV exec told me then that, "if everything was perfect," the first Bruckheimer game would be out in 18-24 months.

Last Sighting: In early 2009, Bruckheimer brought in former top me from Bungie and Ubisoft to oversee Bruckheimer games, with a focus on original works. Since then, no news, no Bruckheimer games.

L.A. Noire

First Inkling: The Team Bondi-made PlayStation 3 game was announced in 2005 and, a year later, described by backer Rockstar Games as an "interactive detective story set in the classic noir period of the late 1940's" from the lead creator of the PlayStation 2's The Getaway. By 2007, publisher Take-Two was pushing the game's release back all the way to 2009. In 2009, we didn't even get a new L.A. Noire trailer, let alone a game.

Last Sighting: Rockstar Games announced on its site last week that fans can "expect to see a long-awaited reveal via a big cover story next month."

Pikmin 3 First Inklings: The original Pikmin was released on the GameCube in 2001, with a sequel out three years later. It was assumed that Pikmin would return on the Wii, because Nintendo is a publisher good about maintaining most of its critically-acclaimed franchises and seemed proud enough about the Pikmin characters to include them in 2008's Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Later that year, Nintendo's top game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto, told reporters at E3: "We're making Pikmin." A ha! Pikmin 3 incoming?

Last Sighting: In 2009, Miyamoto was apologetic about the lack of progress but did confirm that a new game is slowly being developed: ""Unfortunately we haven't been able to expand the team size very much, because we've been working on so many different games that we've shown off at the show. So the team is working very hard, but it's a bit of a small team."

StarCraft 2

First Inkling: Long in development, announced in 2007, this game was playable by the press last year.

Last Sighting: The first installment of the multi-part StarCraft II may be planned for 2010 now, but the game's multiplayer beta, expected for 2009, has yet to begin.

We wait, and we wait some more, Kotaku faithful. Tell me, what's the new Duke Nukem Forever? Feel free to rank these games in the order they will come out. That would be some helpful info.


    heh, the blizzard games will come out eventually, you remember warcraft 3? there were posters and everything up in the games stores like years before it came out, they had to take em down again.

    Don't know wtf is going on with halflife? that is really strange. maybe it was to be a conclusion of some sort and as such they are gonna expand it into a full length HL3

      Left 4 Dead happened.

      Is it that hard to notice?

    Still waiting on Team Gizka's Sith Lords Restoration Project.

    What about Sadness, that black and white Wii game, the game that's continually pushed back to the point that they passed their last deadline and didn't bother to put a new one up.

      Pretty sure that was cancelled like a year or two ago... sorry man. (may be wrong though, my memory is a little funny)

    Stupid that Episode 3 is listed considering it hasn't been announced.

    Conviction,even though it has a release date frame (April this year) it was expected in 2007.

    I wouldn't put Diablo in this article neither.

    I would give the award to Black Mesa or GT5.

    How about Beyond Good and Evil 2?

    Personally, I wouldn't say Half-Life 2: Episode 3 is the next DNF. I think it has already suffered the same fate.

    Sadness for the wii :P

    Vaporware if i ever some one.

    I wouldn't be surprised Blizzard pushed back SC2 and D3 because of WoW: Cataclysm. It may simply be a marketing reason.

    I'm surprised The Scourge Project isn't in there.

    I'm really looking forward to that game.. especially for $20!!

    All worthy contenders, that's for sure.

    The one I can see being delayed the longest is easily Diablo 3 and the one most likely to never happen is bruckheimers.

    My vote goes to HL2 Episode 3. Absolutely no word other than the odd "we're working on it" since the Episode 2 came out in 2007. I did find this on a gamespot article from 2006 though :

    "Today's gold announcement was the first official confirmation that a third Half-Life 2 episodic update is in development. Like Episode Two, Valve divulged little in the way of information about Episode Three, saying only that it was the last "in a trilogy...that will conclude by Christmas of 2007." "

    my vote goes for SC2. I feel so sorry for people who actually REALLY want to play it. I'm much more excited over D3, but it must be PAINFUL for SC fans, to have so much content in videos revelaed, yet not be able to play it. Not to mention the whole 'split into 3' debacle.

    I reckon SCII beta will start late this year, with SCII being released mid 2011. D3 wont see release till 2012 at the earliest, most likely 2013

    The Silver Lining: A game inspired by the King's Quest series -
    Been in development since 2001. Desperately waiting for this one. :)

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