Hell Freezes Over: Duke Nukem Forever Available Worldwide May 6th

Coming from the “Oh my god you can’t be serious!” department is news from Game Informer that Duke Nukem Forever finally has a release date.

The much-maligned title will finally hit PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles worldwide on May 6, 2011, finally allowing gamers to “come get some.” The game has achieved almost legendary status. For some it is the holy grail of gaming, mythical yet unattainable. For others it has become the biggest farce in gaming; a source of material for parody and ridicule

“The moment fans all over the world have been waiting for is almost here,” says Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “May 6, 2011 marks Duke’s return as he unleashes his brash and brutally honest wit on the world. His return is going to be epic and one that will make video gaming history!”

Veteran geeks will remember that the title has been in development since 1997, suffered numerous engine changes, a change in developer, lawsuits from its publisher and, of course, an in-game alien invasion. The game's development accelerated, however, when Gearbox Software took over the project last year. They demoed the game at last years PAX gaming show (see video below [NSFW for censored nudity and language]) to an enthusiastic audience and, finally, there was a sense that this was real; that this was actually happening.

Serious questions remain, however, regarding George Broussard’s leadership of the project whilst 3D Realms was developing it. How could this have been allowed to languish so long? Why could he not have done what Gearbox has thus far accomplished?

Time will tell if this is the epic title gamers have been waiting for, or of it will be the biggest gargantuan failure in gaming history.

Thanks to Byron for passing these screenshots and box art on from 2k.

 

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Whatever. I am so there. Never even liked the original game. Compared to DOOM or Quake of the time, Duke Nukem was kinda lame. But this game looks freaking hot. Cannot wait. Hope they have added some form of multiplayer.

After years of people saying Duje Nukem Forever... Forever... Forever. Now it's finally here, it's not a game I would rush out to buy.

Jonessie said,
After years of people saying Duje Nukem Forever... Forever... Forever. Now it's finally here, it's not a game I would rush out to buy.

Well, honestly, it's not here yet... so... don't get your hopes all the way up.

LOL that is awesome

look at all you noobs qq'ing about graphics...ill take fun gameplay over shiny polygons anyway

I can't believe people are doubting it's coming out. It's Gearbox making and releasing it, not id. This will come out, and it will come out on those dates (the 3rd for North America, 6th for international)

I have a feeling this thing is going to make Daikatana look like a masterpiece. No game could ever live up to the decades of hype and legend that Duke Nukem Forever has. At least it will be over and done with, no more of those stupid jokes about it.

chadlachlanross said,
Yawn. Haven't we heard this 100 times before? "Release date set." Yeah right...

Well, seeing as gearbox is in charge, yes, it'll be released on may 03./06.

They actually said the game was finished, but they needed time for polishing it.

AND, they have NEVER set a release date before. (Coming when it's done, remember?)

that end part is edited around. normally it shows those 2 girls on there knee's and they wipe there mouths as the camera pans on em when he was saying the general 'it's about ***kin time it's been 12 years' thing. lol

ThaCrip said,
that end part is edited around. normally it shows those 2 girls on there knee's and they wipe there mouths as the camera pans on em when he was saying the general 'it's about ***kin time it's been 12 years' thing. lol

I hope that is in the game when it ends or something. When I saw that, I knew Duke was back.

aftas said,

I hope that is in the game when it ends or something. When I saw that, I knew Duke was back.

yes, that would be a nice touch if it's in the game.

i think the games main strengths will be Duke character himself and the general comedy. because i don't see it being huge like it was back in the day. it will basically be like a DooM scenario, the old days DooM is praised and while DooM3 was good it obviously could never live up to the hype that the original DooM games generated.

all in all i finally got another game to look forward to besides Mortal Kombat (which is due April 19th 2011) (i.e. MK9)

Spyder said,
lol'd at the part with the 3 breasted alien and duke saying "i'd still hit it"

fantastic


That was epic.

Finally! This is the first time I'll note a game release in my calendar. I'm definitely getting it.
After I get my hands on this baby I probably won't remove my butt from the chair for a few days.

Haha, I loved the self-irony at the end. Game looks quite mediocre actually, but hey, it's DUKE NUKEM !! Hail to the king! Yay!

Meph said,
It would be funny if, after all this, they got very few sales.

Doubtful. Would be funny if it was disappointing after all those years of giddish wait and broken promises only to be heartbroken in the end.

Meph said,
It would be funny if, after all this, they got very few sales.
They won't be getting my money. I think the game was scripted by 12 year olds. It's way too over the top.

Mainer82 said,
They won't be getting my money. I think the game was scripted by 12 year olds. It's way too over the top.

well they'll be 26 year olds by now....

Meph said,
It would be funny if, after all this, they got very few sales.

It'll be even more funny if it gets cancelled for further development!

Mainer82 said,
They won't be getting my money. I think the game was scripted by 12 year olds. It's way too over the top.

They will be getting my money for sure

And for the record; Duke nukem is supposed to be way WAY over the top Guess you were one of those who liked quake 1 over DN3D

Mainer82 said,
They won't be getting my money. I think the game was scripted by 12 year olds. It's way too over the top.

They will be getting my money for sure,

Mainer82 said,
They won't be getting my money. I think the game was scripted by 12 year olds. It's way too over the top.

Which i think fits that game perfectly. that's the way Duke is. that extreme version of American Hero type stuff

Mainer82 said,
They won't be getting my money. I think the game was scripted by 12 year olds. It's way too over the top.

With a comment like that it makes me wonder if you even know who Duke Nukem is?

Mainer82 said,
They won't be getting my money. I think the game was scripted by 12 year olds. It's way too over the top.

Worst comment ever.

This is going to be Duke Nukem GOLD! Shake it baby!

Date?.. not April 1st - Check
Hell?... not frozen - Check
Heartbeat? ... still going - Check
Magic Genie?... Not rubbed - Check

Nope, actually looks like its happening

Teebor said,
Date?.. not April 1st - Check
Hell?... not frozen - Check
Heartbeat? ... still going - Check
Magic Genie?... Not rubbed - Check

Nope, actually looks like its happening

Dunno.... I have the heater set to 85 in my office... and I'm still wearing my sweater hoody and freezing..... but I'm more sure its due to my drafty windows in here and not this being hell as I love my job lol.

The youngsters of gamers will not like this as much as those of us who have been waiting for this like it was the 2nd coming of raptorjesus. But to those of us who played the first instead of doing our school homework, this will be our rapture

Roadrunna said,
Good lawd, let the damn thing be released to mass waves of disappointment.

It wont be. Looks at HL2.

greenwizard88 said,
*looks out window to see pigs flying*

Hell has literally frozen over up here in NW Minnesota. It's -36 outside!