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From No Trilogy Limits To Another Next Gen Duke - News Roundup 17th October 2010

Jonathan Lester
Duke Nukem: Next Gen, Fable, Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage, Games news, Gearbox, Insomniac, Lionhead, Resistance

Fable & Resistance Not Limited To Trilogies

From No Trilogy Limits To Another Next Gen Duke - News Roundup 17th October 2010

Good news for fans on both sides of the console divide. The third chapter of Lionhead's Fable franchise will soon be with us, and Insomniac's Resistance 3 was revealed at Gamescom... but many fans have been wondering whether this will mark the end of their respective trilogies. Luckily, both developers have confirmed that they were never trilogies in the first place.

Let's start with Fable. When asked by Inside Xbox at this year's Eurogamer Expo, Lionhead's Peter Molyneux stated that he had no intentions of limiting the franchise to three outings.

Forget about the word ‘trilogy.’ I hate limiting ourselves to a trilogy. I want you to feel that you’re on a journey in Fable, and I’m not going to tell you what happens at the end of Fable III but I don’t think you’ll feel in any way that you’ve reached the end of a trilogy. - Peter Molyneux

Fable III is set to release in less than a fortnight. We'll soon know whether the franchise deserves a fourth outing. [Gamerzines]

Resistance 3 is still many months away (likely to release some time next year)- but Insomniac seem to be considering potential sequels even at this early stage. When asked whether the Resistance franchise will end with its third iteration, Insomniac's Ted Price replied:

I don’t think so. I think Resistance 3 is a story within the Resistance universe that can be expanded upon. Doors will be shut, but they won’t be slammed.

So there. We're looking forward to Insomniac's latest shooter despite poor old Nathan Hale being confirmed KIA[Gameinformer via VG247]

Gearbox Licences Fan-Made Duke Nukem 3D Revamp

From No Trilogy Limits To Another Next Gen Duke - News Roundup 17th October 2010

Just when we thought that Gearbox couldn't be any more of a class act. As of today, they've given permission (and a personal non-commercial license) for a team of fans to remake the original Duke Nukem 3D using Unreal Engine 3.

Currently working under the operating title Duke Nukem: Next Gen, the project aims to emulate Duke Nukem 3D's singleplayer and multiplayer components as if it were being developed today. It will contain all three original episodes as well as a brand new MP It's Duke Nukem "by the fans, for the fans"... and will be a completely free standalone package. The handpicked team of volunteer devs have their work cut out- and we wish them the very best of luck.

This contrasts with the draconian shafting of well-meaning fan projects by Nintendo and Activision (amongst others). Nice one, Gearbox. [DNF Forums]

Oh, and did I mention that Duke Nukem: Next Gen is shaping up to be absolutely awesome? Don't take my word for it.

Fist Of The North Star: Ken's Rage Demo Incoming

From No Trilogy Limits To Another Next Gen Duke - News Roundup 17th October 2010

We're in two minds about Tecmo Koei's upcoming brawler. On the one hand, it's squaring up to sock us with uber-macho, brutal, insane, shamelessly vulgar action. On the other hand, it might just turn out to be yet another clunky Eastern beat-em-up with sluggish controls and grindy gameplay.

Luckily, we'll soon get to find out. Look out for the demo this Tuesday on PSN and Xbox Live Marketplace.

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