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This week in games: Duke Nukem lives, Doom runs inside Doom, and more

Hayden Dingman | July 21, 2015
Duke Nukem, Doom--what year is it, anyway?

Duke Nukem, Doom--what year is it, anyway?

This week, Randy Pitchford wants you to remember all the good times you had with the Duke instead of dwelling on Duke Nukem Forever, plus Doom runs inside Doom and Just Cause 3 turns into a choose-your-own-adventure. This is the gaming news you need to know for the week of July 13.

Twenty Nights at Freddy's

Like one of its own jump scares, Five Nights at Freddy's 4 is set to pop out of the air and onto Steam three months earlier than expected. Originally slated for a Halloween release, the game will now come out on August 8, a.k.a. exactly one year after the original. Yes, three sequels in a year. Yes, it's too much. Yes, this is supposedly "the end" of the series.

Requiescat, Freddy. We'll always have a billion scream-filled YouTube videos to remember you by.

Let loose the hammers of war

Sure, they might not have the visual pizzazz of the upcoming Total War: Warhammer, but managed to secure the rights to a trio of Warhammer/Warhammer 40K titles this week--Warhammer 40,000: Chaos GateWarhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat, and Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,000.

Oh yeah, and NeoCore is developing a brand new Warhammer 40,000 action-RPG, titled Inquisitor.

The King is not quite dead

I hoped Duke Nukem was dead. No offense, Duke, but uh...Duke Nukem Forever was really bad. Maybe you heard. Maybe something penetrated the thick layer of one-liners slowly dissolving your brain with enough force to make you understand how damn terrible Duke Nukem Forever was.

Enter Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, with a car battery and a pair of wires. "We can bring him back to life!" he screams, before launching into a mad scientist cackle.

Er...that might not be a real quote. What he actually said at Develop this week (according to IGN) is, "I did not acquire the franchise merely so we could all experience Duke Nukem Forever. That was the toll to pay to give Duke a chance." Also, that Gearbox has done some early concept work on a sequel and "that the whole industry will turn its head and look."

Performance art

Coming in with maybe the strangest business model I've ever heard is upcoming title The Flock. The game will launch with an in-game population countdown. Every time a player dies, the population will decrement by one. When the population hits zero, the game will be pulled off Steam--forever.

Only people who bought the game already will get to take part in what the developers call the "cinematic finale," and then the game will basically self-destruct. Nobody will ever be able to play again.


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