"No Gum Needed"
Interceptor Entertainment revealed Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction what feels like an eternity ago: an action-RPG starring the legendary hero developed in conjunction with original series creator Scott Miller. The countdown went live and we were all out of gum.
Unfortunately, Gearbox were having none of it and quickly unleashed the laywers.
A few weeks later and Interceptor are back with another countdown, suggesting that the two companies may have worked out their differences... most likely by replacing Duke Nukem with a legally distinct ringer.
You can see (and listen to) the new countdown site here - be sure to turn your speakers down or off if you're at work! - which features a ticking bomb, rock music and some interesting phrasing.
Notably, "alloutofgum.com" has transformed into "nogumneeded.com," a subtle yet important change of wording that strongly hints that Duke Nukem no longer stars in the game, thus making his classic catchphrase unnecessary.
It's possibly a fake-out, but that seems most likely to us. To be honest, Duke Nukem Forever made poor old Duke out to be a bit of a dinosaur -- in a bad way -- so a brand new protagonist might be a good change of pace. It worked a treat for Serious Sam, so fingers crossed.
"The King makes his next-generation debut in Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction," reads the translated blurb for the original Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction reveal. "A top-down action role-playing game for PC and PlayStation. Duke Nukem kicks ass across planets in an Unreal Engine-powered galactic adventure to save the President from an apocalyptic alien threat."
In terms of features, Mass Destruction promises "all-new enemies," alongside "series-first mechanics; including experience points and tech trees." Which will naturally figure into a "neverbeforeseen arsenal of devastating weaponry."
Or not. Either way, we'll find out soon.