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Gearbox hope to honour old Duke Nukem pre-orders

Pitchford in talks with retailers who took money during 3D Realms' tenure

Duke Nukem Forever developer Gearbox is looking at ways in which it might fulfill pre-orders made for the long-delayed shooter while it was still in 3D Realms' erstwhile hands.

Unfortunately, the money for these pre-orders does not yet look to have filtered down to the game's publisher or developer.

"There are a lot of people who pre-ordered the game," Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford told VG247 yesterday.

"We've been starting to talk with retailers because we didn't take them directly, and 3D Realms didn't take them, it was all retailers going 'I'm going to take this guy's money.'

"We've started to engage them, saying 'Hey, you've got customers who you made a promise to, and any bad feeling they have will reflect on us, so can we work together to do something for those people?'

"I don't know what we can do yet, but something should be done for the people who pre-ordered."

This may mean an even greater spend on the game than in its 12 years to date - Pitchford also revealed yesterday that former 3D Realms head George Broussard had spent up to $30 million on the game personally.

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