Unbelievable. Developer Gearbox Software announced this past Friday that Duke Nukem Forever will, in fact, see the light of day. Amazing as it is that DNF has a hard release date at all, what’s truly unbelievable about the news is how soon the game is being released.
Duke Nukem Forever will be offending your mother on May 6th.
For those of you that don’t necessarily understand how utterly amazing the news is, let me put it to you this way; “Nuke Nukem Forever” was originally meant to be the sequel to “Duke Nukem 3D”, which was released in… wait for it… 1996.
The game’s revival comes courtesy of Borderlands developer Gearbox Software. Gearbox took over development of the game last year after publisher 2K Games threw series developer 3D Realms off the project. (Admittedly, 3D Realms did have 12 years to finish.) You might ask yourself; “why would Gearbox, a studio with a breakout hit and a daunting franchise-based project in the pipeline (Aliens: Colonial Marines) get involved in a project as risky and treacherous as Duke Nukem Forever. Answer: Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford got his start working on “DN3D” and “DNF” before founding his studio. In an interview with VG247, Pitchford said he felt obligated to do everything he could to keep the series alive.
Well, it looks like he did it. Duke Nukem Forever is Vaporware no more.