Duke Nukem Forever goes gold

Gearbox declares long-in-development action game finished; due out June 10 internationally, June 14 in North America; demo dropping next week.

Today, Gearbox Software achieved something once thought to be impossible: the Texas shop has finished development of Duke Nukem Forever, three weeks ahead of its release date.

Gearbox has today announced that the game--which has drawn the ire of Fox News--has gone gold ahead of its June 10 date with the international market and its June 14 arrival in North America.

Feel free to do a double take; it almost doesn't seem real.

Gamers won't need to wait until the game is released to play it, as a demo for the game is scheduled to arrive on June 3 for members of the Duke Nukem Forever First Access Club. Access to the club is granted by either having a copy of the Game of the Year Edition of Borderlands or preordering Duke Nukem Forever from participating retailers such as GameStop, Amazon, and EB Canada.

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 $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.

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 hardcover art book are also included in the collection, along with a numbered certificate of authenticity.

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230 comments
a_tiger101
a_tiger101

It deserved to go gold, the game was a lot of fun!

Agent-M
Agent-M

Gamespot Article: "Duke Nukem Forever goes gold" Gamespot Article (Corrected): "Duke Nukem Forever grows mold"

solidniko
solidniko

when does the demo come out for the ppl that do not have first access

Grandpa1676
Grandpa1676

WOW two great oldies with a comeback! The Duke and Deus X

Sergeant_
Sergeant_

@TroyTrojanGamer Haha, I'm only a year behind you but damn..you made me feel old. Cant wait until I have kids to try and explain to them what a "VHS" was. It was a black brick with film in it...

danpaulxxx
danpaulxxx

5 inch bust? Okay, I'll get the standard edition.

TruSake
TruSake

is going to be sooooo funny when this game dissapoints, lol

GamerSyrim
GamerSyrim

Will a return to the series which will see it ended in 3 months.. Sorta like the recent medal of honor which made me mad

Kos1c
Kos1c

I got the borderlands GOTY edition for the Pc. I wasn't too excited to hear about the return of the Duke, but coming close to it's release i'm pretty curious on how this game will end up. Considering i was playing the first set while growing up.

BenFireFox
BenFireFox

x) i would love to see CoD take that much time for next CoD and not 6 month

Sanity_Crash
Sanity_Crash

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TroyTrojanGamer
TroyTrojanGamer

Oh my goodness I feel old. I'm only twenty but I remember the era of Ninja Turtles, Shaq Fu, games that seriously had commercials on loading screens, blowing cartridges, Sonic actually making sense, pokemon red/blue, when Mr. Madden was still in the football games. I have lived to see blueray and a black president lol. Now just for flying cars and a new Duke Nukem.

matok1
matok1

Lol.......... After 15 years, I can't tell which will arrive faster...jun 14 or world apocalypse .

kerc_chaos
kerc_chaos

Gamespot... There's an old saying in Tennessee... I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee... that says, fool me once, shame on... shame on you. Fool me... you can't get fooled again.

shadgrindk
shadgrindk

Do they mean 'goes gold' as in it's done, or that it's been in developement for 50 years and celebrates it's golden anniversary?

shadgrindk
shadgrindk

I think this was supposed to go gold originally around the time Bill Clinton began his 2nd term of office as president.

ninjaroach81
ninjaroach81

Well, I never thought I'd see the day DNF goes gold. I will say, however, that after 14 years, this needs to be the greatest FPS of all time; anything else would be a joke.

King9999
King9999

DNF going gold should be a new "Wonder of the World."

daub11
daub11

i think when this game comes out it's going to blow every body's mind when they buy it. including me cause i can not wait.

acer_062
acer_062

Hell, never thought it would go gold in my life time!!!!

sophospeare
sophospeare

Pigs are flying over a frozen hell...that's all I have to say about that!

Centurion95
Centurion95

Huh, I guess we now know why the end of the world was postponed on the 21st, the Big Guy upstairs himself must want to try out the demo.

yaba
yaba

Really? You must be pulling my chain.

KontroLz85
KontroLz85

Who is ready for the biggest flop of all time?

masakri50
masakri50

@parrot_of_adun ok that makes sense, i didnt know when it came out elsewhere. in fact it makes TOO much sense. i've always disliked our video game day being tuesday, when im in school i have to hold off on my all night gameathon for a release ive been waiting for or i have to wait until friday afternoon to go get it or i wont do any schoolwork. id much rather it be friday, especially in this case. you wouldnt happen to know why tuesday is our game day would you? it really pisses me off.

BloodMist
BloodMist

Bring on the Duke and bring on the demo!!!!!!!

Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

It...has...happened! :D Good work to Gearbox, but thanks to 3D Realms for all the great games so many years ago (and not just Duke games, either!).

gundaicut
gundaicut

woot l.a meltdown for multiplayer

raptures330
raptures330

Considering how fair-weather fans a lot of the gamers are I foresee people QQing no matter how good it is. Waiting has cost me nothing. I just hope the MP is fanfreakingtastic. Been waiting for a 90s style shooter where you go on a rampage by yourself killing uncounted hordes or alies and monsters. Last one like that that was good Serious Sam and Painkiller (way back when).

alistervk
alistervk

14 years is a very very long time . With all the expectations being so high I hope it does not open the door for disappointment .

juliano001
juliano001

If this game proves to be awesome, Randy Pitchford will be without any doubt the next hero for a LOT of people. Including me.

Sparkzter_basic
Sparkzter_basic

So this is the part where the game gets delayed until next year, right?

juliano001
juliano001

Naked twin sisters chicks. hurra.

juliano001
juliano001

I will only buy after see for myself the review from gamespot, gamespy and metacritic. Then and only then. I will not pay for 125 dollars for collectors edition plus 68 express mail to Brazil without a goooooood review from players.

FkThisName
FkThisName

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PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Wow, i'm surprised the date is sticking. I half expected at least one more bump in the schedule, even if Gearbox seems to know what they're doing. Still irritates me a little that my buying of Borderlands and every single DLC isn't enough to warrant a free demo code... while those late to the game (pun intended) get a free code.

Sanguis_Malus
Sanguis_Malus

The demo availability has been handled poorly.

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

I'll quote the Dukester on this one....."It's about time!"

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

i love that photo. thats the most unique and AWESOME announcement ever.