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May 24, 2011

Duke Nukem Forever Has Gone Gold

Posted by on May 24, 2011

In life, one comes to count on certain, never changing constants.  These give us a point of reference when everything else seems to be in flux.  The speed of light is 300,000,000 meters / sec; gravity on Earth is 9.81 meters / sec2; pi is 3.14159; and Duke Nukem Forever will always be in development and never be released.  Well somebody had better double check the value of pi, because my world was turned upside-down today when Gearbox Software issued a press release announcing that Duke Nukem Forever has gone gold and will be released in North America on June 14th.

For those of you not in the know, Duke Nukem Forever, the sequel to 1996’s Duke Nukem 3D, has been in development since mid-1997.  Originally planned for release in 1998, development has been restarted nearly from scratch at least three times, and eventually became nothing more than a joke in the video game world.  It seemed that the game would never come to pass when 3DRealms announced that they were officially shutting down development in late 2009.

Fans were given new hope in 2010, however, when Gearbox Software (known mainly for the Half-Life expansion, Opposing Force, and the Brothers in Arms series), announced that they had taken control of development and were planning for a 2011 release of the game.  They eventually set a release date for May, but it was comically delayed once again for another month while some final details were ironed out.

But fear not.  After 14 years, the wait is almost over.  Duke will soon be returning to our lives, ready to kick more ass and take more names.  Duke Nukem Forever hits the XBox 360 and PS3 on June 10th internationally and on June 14th in North America.

Check out the reveal trailer from January below.

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