Is Duke Nukem Coming to Borderlands 2?

April 4, 2012


During an interview with Randy Varnell, Design Producer over at Gearbox Software, I asked him a question about a specific character possibly coming to Borderlands 2. Seeing as how 2K Games and Gearbox Software were involved with finishing up Duke Nukem Forever and acquiring the license, I figured it was logical to ask if Duke Nukem would appear as a possible special playable character. Here’s the Q&A to that particular thought:

Glacier928: “Is there any sort of chance that Duke Nukem would be thrown in as a secret playable character in Borderlands 2?”

Randy Varnell (laughs): “I’ll definitely pass that to the development team back at the office. It’s not the first time we’ve heard that question though. It’s a tricky thing, you know? There really is a kind of spirit in Gearbox. You look at a lot of the games we put out and are working on between Duke Nukem and Borderlands and all. As a company, we really kind of like that tongue-in-cheek, just over-the-top ridiculous humor and all that. Certainly one of the reasons why we put our energy and focus on Duke Nukem Forever and it was a classic, kind of ‘close to our heart’ game for a lot of us. Borderlands kind of carries that spirit onto Pandora, our fictional universe. I’ll pass that request along, that’s a really great question!”

Personally, I think Duke would fit great in the Borderlands universe…chances are he’d be hitting on the Guardian Angel, Lilith and Maya. It would definitely add to the tongue-in-cheek, over-the-top humor Randy mentioned. Despite critics bashing Duke Nukem Forever, I personally enjoyed the game. It wasn’t a great game by any means, but it was definitely an entertaining game that held my attention for a few playthroughs and being a Duke fan, I still cracked up at some of his lines. The video interview can be found here and he answers the question in Part 3 of the video.

What do you guys think? Should Duke Nukem appear as a playable character in Borderlands 2? Sound off in the comments below!

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5 Comments on “Is Duke Nukem Coming to Borderlands 2?”

  1. RockN Says:

    Sounds like a fun way to take Duke out of obscurity. Hope they get John St. John to voice him again. 🙂


  2. Christoffer Treyz Says:

    sounds like some fun, but i have a very strict policy about ignoring any sequel there is. lazyness of the developpers is something i am not paying for or will be supporting 😉


    • RockN Says:

      Sequels can be good, if not great. Look at Aliens, Terminator 2, most of the Grand Theft Auto series and Resident Evil.



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