In January, 2K Games and Gearbox Software did the unthinkable: The publisher/developer duo slapped a May 3 release date on the elusive Duke Nukem Forever. Now, that date appears to have been a bit ambitious.
In a very sarcastic Gearbox Software video released today (embedded below), studio president Randy Pitchford announced Duke Nukem Forever's new release dates. The game will arrive internationally on June 10 (the day after the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo wraps up) and on June 14 in North America.
Initially announced in 1997, Duke Nukem Forever was synonymous with vaporware for over a decade. While at original studio 3D Realms, it went through at least two engine changes, with its protracted development reportedly costing over $20 million to $30 million.
Then, in early 2009, publisher 2K Games' parent company Take-Two lost patience with 3D Realms, refusing to give it the funds to continue development of the game. It went on to sue the suburban Texas developer, with court documents revealing the New York-based publisher was developing another Duke Nukem game, Duke Begins, with Gearbox. That developer, flush with cash from the success of Borderlands, went on to buy all Duke Nukem Forever assets and the Duke Nukem IP itself last September.
Gamers looking to get their hands on the game prior to its new release date can participate in a Duke Nukem Forever demo, which is playable by purchasers of the Borderlands Game of the Year Edition. Unfortunately, neither 2K nor Gearbox has slapped a start date to the demo. However, for more on the demo, check out GameSpot's time with the it from PAX Prime 2010.
When Duke Nukem Forever does launch, it will be available in both a standard edition, as well as a Balls of Steel Collector's Edition for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. This top-tier bundle includes a bust of the titular hero, a set of playing cards, dice, and two casino chips. A comic and hard-cover art book are also included in the collection, along with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
For more on the upcoming action game, check out GameSpot's most recent hands-on preview with Duke Nukem Forever.