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Duke Nukem Forever Goes Gold

News; Jun. 1, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton
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Duke has finally found some more gum

Gamers thought it would never happen, and they had every right to believe so. However, when it was announced the game was under new development, a glimmer of hope began to shine for the return of the buff, blond, so-cheesy-it's-awesome babe-magnet. After 15 long, dreadful years -- possibly the longest game development time in history -- the wait has finally come to an end.

It's official. Duke Nukem Forever has gone gold.

Duke Nukem Forever

The game will hit internationally June 10, and U.S. shores will see it four days later. It's set for release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC. Gamers who pre-order will be part of the Duke Nukem first access club and be the first to play the demo on June 3 (all platforms).

"Duke Nukem Forever is the game that was once thought to be unshipppable, and yet here we are, on the precipice of history,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “Today marks an amazing day in the annals of gaming lore, the day where the legend of Duke Nukem Forever is finally complete and it takes that final step towards becoming a reality.”

"When you play this game you will be reminded of that epic journey at every turn and in every small detail of the game," said George Broussard, creative director at 3D Realms. "The character, attitude, interactivity, game play and political incorrectness combine to make a Duke Nukem game a unique gaming experience. In the timeless words of Duke Nukem, it's finally time to 'come get some.' Come be a part of gaming history.”

Duke Nukem Forever is a collaboration of the works of Gearbox Software, Triptych Studios, Piranha Games, and many other contributors. 

"Always bet on Duke, I did," said Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software. "I bet on all of the developers who have ever been a part of this legendary project, and I bet that none of us want to live in a world without the Duke. I've played the final game, and it is an incredible experience -- a once-in-a-lifetime opus of interactive entertainment that reminds me once again why Duke Nukem is our king. The developers of Duke Nukem Forever at 3D Realms, Triptych, Piranha and, finally, at Gearbox deserve our thanks and respect for never giving up and have truly shown us that they have balls of steel!"

As with any blockbuster release, especially one with a history like this, comes a collector's edition. You can order the Duke Nukem Forever Balls of Steel Edition at for details.

Duke Nukem Forever  is rated M for Mature audiences by the ESRB. For more information, go to

*Xbox LIVE, PSN or Steam, Duke First Access Club token and Internet connection required to access demo.

2K Games is a division of 2K, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO).


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