I was reading this article regarding the official death of Duke Nukem Forever, and I had an epiphany*: I think DNF should be developed as an homage to Duke Nukem 3D, similar to the way Mega Man 9 was a tribute to Mega Man 1, 2 and 3. For those that don’t know, MM9 said “The hell with trying to make the graphics, bosses, weapons and such more spectacular with every outing. Let’s just make a new version of an awesome older game.” It has 8-bit graphics and sound and eschews most of the capabilities that Mega Man was given in later installments of the series. It’s also brutally difficult in the way that the first three games were.
Duke Nukem Forever needs to use the Duke Nukem 3D engine and just embrace the old-school aspect of it. I think a stripped-down, accessible FPS would do very well as downloadable content from Steam and the Wii, XBox and PS3 stores. The thing that seems to have finally killed DNF is that the creators seemed to think it had to be epic… I think the vast majority of gamers would be happy with simply “fun.”
- It’s entirely possible, even likely, that somebody in some corner of the Internet (or even the SDMB) has already suggested this, but I’ve never read it. I came up with my epiphany independently of theirs, so I’m still calling it mine.