Duke Nukem Forever Coming in May

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Duke Nukem Forever Coming in May

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The Big Day isn't here yet, but the big day announcing the Big Day is: Duke Nukem Forever has an official release date.

In 1997, Bill Clinton was inaugurated for his second term as the President of the United States. Princess Diana was killed in a car crash. Quake 2 was released to widespread acclaim. And a game development company called 3D Realms announced a sequel to the big 1996 hit Duke Nukem 3D entitled Duke Nukem Forever.

Well, here we are, it's two-thousand-and-freakin'-eleven, and guess what? Finally, for real, no foolin' around, after more than a decade of dicking around, 2K Games and Gearbox have made it official: the Duke is back on May 3 in North America and May 6 in the rest of the world.

"When I said goodbye to 3D Realms and the original Duke Nukem 3D team in 1997 and soon after founded Gearbox Software, I never in my wildest dreams imagined that a day like today would come," said Gearbox President Randy Pitchford. "Today I am proud, humbled and even astounded to announce that the day is coming at last for all gamers to be a part of video game history: Duke Nukem Forever will launch worldwide this May!"

I think it's safe to say that a lot of gamers, who were in grade four when the no-longer-ironically-named DNF was announced and have since graduated from college, share Pitchford's astonishment that this is actually happening and that they will in fact play this game one day soon. It's almost a little disappointing in some respects. Who are we going to lob cheap and easy vaporware jokes at now that Duke Nukem Forever is an actual, real thing?

A demo is on the way, first for members of the Duke Nukem Forever First Access Club (included with the purchase of the Borderlands Game of the Year Edition) and then to everyone else, but there's no word on when it will be available. In the meantime, there's a brand-new reveal trailer you can eyeball right here at The Escapist.

So remember: May 3 (or May 6). PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Duke Nukem Forever. Don't be late!

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$10 says it gets delayed.

But I'm still excited!

I can't believe this is coming out on my birthday. I find it kind of ironic that this games was announced just 3 years after I was born and here it is now coming out on my birthday.

I'll probably play it eventually, but I'm in no rush.

They've got balls of steel making us wait this long!
Had too.

Holy shit...
Its actualy here?

maybe this will kill the "gritty realistic shooters" trend? one can only hope

My prediction: this game is either going to be awful and remembered for generations to come as the biggest blunder the industry ever managed to crap out, or its going to be the best game in the last five years and praised for being more than worth the wait.

Watched the new Trailer on the site, and ive got to say, if it plays like the classic with tweaks, im sooo going to love it, missed that crass humour :D

Tr3mbl3Tr3mbl3:
My prediction: this game is either going to be awful and remembered for generations to come as the biggest blunder the industry ever managed to crap out, or its going to be the best game in the last five years and praised for being more than worth the wait.

dont forget the 3rd option that itll be delayed once more and then thell just say its not coming out

I hope they make a few jokes about all its delays and shenanigans. I'm not too excited for this, but who knows? This might be enjoyable.

Isn't this one of the signs of the apocalypse?

After being asked if his game was good, Duke Nukem replies: "After 12 fucking years, it had better be"

I..
Um..
Wow.

I guess Duke Nukem Forever finally almost coming out.
I never thought I'd say that.

Andy Chalk:
It's almost a little disappointing in some respects. Who are we going to lob cheap and easy vaporware jokes at now that Duke Nukem Forever is an actual, real thing?

HL2 E3?

Meh, I'll need to play that demo before I put out any cash on this thing. Not all too excited for a game that gained its fame for a bunch of jokes that were funny two decades ago.

Azaraxzealot:
maybe this will kill the "gritty realistic shooters" trend? one can only hope

Bulletstorm is going to beat DNF to the punch on this one.

See, the fact here is that DNF is such a legendary game already that you kind of have to pick it up, even if it's not very good. The fact that you can actually play a game that was canceled and brought back to life multiple times and joked about for years is probably going to be worth it.

And at least this gives me a bit of time to save up some money for it but I doubt this release date is going to be solid.

Finally I'll get to see what all the fuss was about :)

So buying it day one...

Looking forward to it ;D

All throughout DNF's history, I've constantly compared it to Guns 'N Roses Chinese Democracy. I seriously thought I'd never live to witness either see the light of day.

When this comes out, I'm playing it with Chinese Democracy on full blast, and not a single fuck will be given that day.

Jonci:
Meh, I'll need to play that demo before I put out any cash on this thing. Not all too excited for a game that gained its fame for a bunch of jokes that were funny two decades ago.

Actually, Duke Nukem 3D was an amazing shooter, an absolute work of genius. Easily one of the best FPSes of all time, and while it wasn't the technological revolution that Quake was, it was most definitely a better game.

That's one of the reasons I'm a little nervous about DNF. Everything I've seen has been focused on dick jokes, naked bimbos and Duke sticking his dick into everything he can get his hands on. He's the ultimate shit-talking brotard superstud. But what about the game? I worry that somewhere along the way, the focus on what actually make DN3D such a great game - the fact that it was a great game - has been lost.

I'm definitely looking forward to trying the demo but when one of the big selling points is watching Duke take a first-person perspective piss, well... yeah.

Andy Chalk:

Jonci:
Meh, I'll need to play that demo before I put out any cash on this thing. Not all too excited for a game that gained its fame for a bunch of jokes that were funny two decades ago.

Actually, Duke Nukem 3D was an amazing shooter, an absolute work of genius. Easily one of the best FPSes of all time, and while it wasn't the technological revolution that Quake was, it was most definitely a better game.

That's one of the reasons I'm a little nervous about DNF. Everything I've seen has been focused on dick jokes, naked bimbos and Duke sticking his dick into everything he can get his hands on. He's the ultimate shit-talking brotard superstud. But what about the game? I worry that somewhere along the way, the focus on what actually make DN3D such a great game - the fact that it was a great game - has been lost.

I'm definitely looking forward to trying the demo but when one of the big selling points is watching Duke take a first-person perspective piss, well... yeah.

I've never played the first Duke Nukem, but I'm gettin' the new one just because of the appeal (A game that's been in development for 12 years must do..... something)

I see where you are coming from. Watching the trailer I got a kind of "first person ratchet and clank" vibe. Seemed like there were lots of crazy guns and whatnot. Maybe it will be good.

Andy Chalk:
It's almost a little disappointing in some respects. Who are we going to lob cheap and easy vaporware jokes at now that Duke Nukem Forever is an actual, real thing?

Half Life 2: Episode 3 (or maybe just Half Life 3) is still a prime target, although it can be a bit flame-ware inducing...

Half Life: Episode 3 will be the new DNF.

Ep3 shall be worth the weight.

Cookie for referance.

Evil the White:
Half Life: Episode 3 will be the new DNF.

Ep3 shall be worth the weight.

Cookie for referance.

You realize that every time you insult Gabe Newell's weight, he delays the game, right?

I do miss Nukem's crude humor and "blow s--t up!" mentality. Brings back memories...

A little worried about Gearbox's handling of that kind of material, but I'll take the wait and see approach before I judge.

......... is it may yet? please please be may

Yes, finally, will duke save us from grey brown hell?

Demo? have i read right? there are publishers out there that still know how to do their job?
i am looking forward to it.

Don't believe it. First the game will be delayed by a year, then the world will end in 2012.

It will have been the only thing taken longer to reach the public than Chinese Democracy. I am morbidly curious to see if it will have been worth the decade+ wait.

Aw man, not only is one of our longest running truisms/jokes coming to an end, but it's happening on my birthday of all days? That's like saying "Happy birthday - you can't make jokes about Duke Nukem Forever anymore!", which is cruel and unusual punishment, heh.

archabaddon:
It will have been the only thing taken longer to reach the public than Chinese Democracy. I am morbidly curious to see if it will have been worth the decade+ wait.

Actually Chinese Democracy took 15 years to come out - if DNF releases when they say it will then it's only been 14 years since that was announced; Guns N' Roses still holds that particular record.

vrbtny:

Andy Chalk:

Jonci:
Meh, I'll need to play that demo before I put out any cash on this thing. Not all too excited for a game that gained its fame for a bunch of jokes that were funny two decades ago.

Actually, Duke Nukem 3D was an amazing shooter, an absolute work of genius. Easily one of the best FPSes of all time, and while it wasn't the technological revolution that Quake was, it was most definitely a better game.

That's one of the reasons I'm a little nervous about DNF. Everything I've seen has been focused on dick jokes, naked bimbos and Duke sticking his dick into everything he can get his hands on. He's the ultimate shit-talking brotard superstud. But what about the game? I worry that somewhere along the way, the focus on what actually make DN3D such a great game - the fact that it was a great game - has been lost.

I'm definitely looking forward to trying the demo but when one of the big selling points is watching Duke take a first-person perspective piss, well... yeah.

I've never played the first Duke Nukem, but I'm gettin' the new one just because of the appeal (A game that's been in development for 12 years must do..... something)

Duke 3D wasn't actually the first one :)
We had Duke Nukem and Duke Nukem 2 before 3D. They were side scrolling shooters/platformers. I liked them a lot.

I could've sworn they originally said sometime in February. It just made me laugh to think, "Oh god, another delay. It's begun already." But it looks like they might actually be serious this time...

Let's hope angry mothers and activist groups don't call foul when they hear the Duke is returning with balls of steel.

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