Despite poor reviews of Duke Nukem Forever, Take Two CEO Strauss Zelnick promises that more Duke Nukem games will come in the future:
In a Forbes.com interview, Take Two Interactive's CEO Strauss Zelnick stated, " ... you will see future Duke IP coming from this company." Take Two is publishing Duke Nukem Forever via its 2K Games brand.
While the Forbes.com interviewer didn't seem to know this, the trademarks to Duke Nukem Forever and indeed the entire Duke Nukem franchise are now owned by Gearbox Software. Duke Nukem's previous owners were 3D Realms who developed most of the previously released PC games in the series and were the main developers of Duke Nukem Forever since it started 15 years ago. In 2009, thanks in part to a dispute with Take Two Interactive, 3D Realms laid off most of their internal development team. Gearbox Software then came in and secured the rights to finish development of the game and bought the rights to the Duke Nukem franchise from 3D Realms for an undisclosed amount