Could we be looking at the onset of the gaming world's next, best shot at incredible vapor-ware? Gearbox Software, the company behind products like Borderlands, made sure the extremely long-awaited Duke Nukem Forever got its official release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC platforms. They took the impossible and made it a reality.

The thing is, the game sorta flopped on a critical level. The Duke was way too old school, both in mechanics and personality, to deliver an experience on par with the games arriving for this generation. That and the overtly sexist tropes that made it to the game's release peppered nearly every critical slamming the game received.

Moreover, the PR firm representing the product actually got in a heap of trouble from the gaming industry and fan base for publicly claiming they'd blacklist the Duke Nukem Forever haters.

Now, rumor has it that Gearbox is actually looking to reboot the Duke Nukem franchise once they finish work on Aliens: Colonial Marines. According to a rumor in the Official Xbox Magazine, via CVG, Gearbox Software will make a reality out of the once fabled "Duke Begins" by remaking the franchise from scratch.

This comes from the rumors section of October's issue of OXM, so be sure to take it lightly until you hear more chatter otherwise.

Despite the critical flogging the game received, 2K Games claims that Duke Nukem Forever is selling well for the company. In fact, the CEO of Gearbox, Randy Pitchford, actually said that sometimes customers enjoy this type of unhealthy fat:

With sales data, it seems like *customers* love Duke. I guess sometimes we want greasy hamburgers instead of caviar…

If Gearbox is actually enjoying that type of commercial response with the Duke Nukem brand, the rumor of a relaunch doesn't seem all that far-fetched. We'll have more on this potential reboot as it hits the net.

[via CVG]