Duke Nukem Forever launches May 3

Long, long-in-the-making action game finally gets a release date for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC; worldwide release coming May 6; new trailer inside.

Today, Duke Nukem Forever has something few gamers ever thought it would receive--a hard release date. Developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K Games announced this morning that the long-in-the-works shooter will ship simultaneously for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on May 3 in North America and May 6 worldwide. Though the game does not have a rating, its violent and bawdy content almost guarantees an M for Mature sticker from the ESRB.

Duke Nukem Forever's menagerie of monsters will be unleashed on May 3.

Gearbox has also promised a pre-release demo for the long-in-the-making title, with purchasers of the Game of the Year edition of Borderlands getting first whack at it via the Duke Nukem Forever First Access Club. A demo was previously shown off at PAX Prime 2010, when GameSpot got some hands-on time with it.

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.

For more on Duke Nukem Forever, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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565 comments
Scr00I
Scr00I

I wanna have it. Should be good.

CyberX115
CyberX115

I can remember back in 1997 first hearing about the announcement of Duke Nukem Forever. I was only 11. I was stoked about it coming out in 1999... it didn't come out.... I was excited when it was coming out in 2001... it didn't come out...then I stopped caring and only laughed at the rumors that popped up over the ensuing years. Now it's 2011, and we're on the verge of the game actually being released. This is just.... unreal. I'm thrilled beyond belief but I thought this would never happen.

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

when May comes, it'll be delayed again into oblivion... Duke what?

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

The ending to that trailer is perfect.

calvinsora
calvinsora

@Scotterius: I guess I can understand that. I just feel he's a bit too stereotypical. But hey, that's just me. I'm glad if people can enjoy a product, regardless of my personal preferences (and I didn't thumb you down, I don't do that).

kevingarnerry
kevingarnerry

@parrot_of_adun well if thats the case i may just be getting this one...

shaunn191
shaunn191

There are so many good games coming out this March/April/May!

Scotterius
Scotterius

@calvinsora But Duke's bastardy nature is part of his charm. He is a jerk. Sure, I am offended at what he does. Nothing has ever scared me so bad as when he tore off someone head and then took his pants off! Still ... he *is* the King. Hail to the King, Baby.

Frost259
Frost259

@PandaTrueno86 No prolly not, 2 Human took as long and look and that crappy mess. Heres hoping though, Hail to the King Baby.

campbell153
campbell153

i have been waiting for this game since about 1999!... i think?... was a LONG time ago i heard of its development!!! :)

-Dark_Palladin-
-Dark_Palladin-

Oh no, now the MW2 trolls don't have any more lame jokes to come up with!

turtlebird95
turtlebird95

Definitely a day one buy. Anyone know if it has multiplayer?

VinceL
VinceL moderator

Ball's in your court, Valve. Let's see a release date for HL2:E3.

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VinceL moderator

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Valacan
Valacan

The graphics look a bit. .. I don't know. . .old?

gashoe13
gashoe13

What is this I don't even DUKE NUKEM FOREVER HAS FINALLY GOT A SET RELEASE DATE? YES YES YES YES

wkociol
wkociol

It's time to chew bubblegum and kick ass...

Nikola_Bathory
Nikola_Bathory

I can't wait! I've been waiting for so many years....

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

@inaka_rob no, it is not your generation the first. our generation is (one year older than you unless you slashed your age a bit) lol. jk that makes us the same genration, These were great days with real games if you caught up with Spectrum and MSX or Comodore, although I haven't played any of duke but highly respect the brand. However, being a fan of anything to the extent of getting angry at others is never a thing to be proud of. and this what I meant in my original comment by fan boys thumbing down even jokes.

muzza93
muzza93

THAT LOOKS F***ING HARDCORE !! if i could only have 1 game all year, this would be it, CANT WAIT!!!

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@kevingarnerry No, it certainly won't be censored. I know this because first and most importantly, the guys at both 3DR and Gearbox would be the last people on earth to censor anything. Secondly, the game appears to already have a rating, an M rating, the implications of which are obvious. Third, there are a few bits here that were in other gameplay videos, and yet this is the first time I've seen it censored. It seems like it have been used partially for comedic effect.

dominussuiktan
dominussuiktan

I never doubted you my king. Hail Duke Nukem! SWEEEEEET trailer lol

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

@RandyAU93 Didn't you just see it? And get a release date for it?

kevingarnerry
kevingarnerry

@wula_ i wasn't talking about the trailer i am talking about the game. as far as everything we see here is and hopefully more in game is not censored then i am satisfied.

PandaTrueno86
PandaTrueno86

10 bucks says that this will be instant GOTY no matter how awesome the other titles of 2011 are. Why? 12 years in the making, this was a LLLOOONNNGGG time coming.

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

@RandyAU93 I highly agree with you. All of those people who have said that didn't bet on Duke.

RandyAU93
RandyAU93

Am I the only one with this all-too-common thought ... "I'll believe it when I see it"?

Frost259
Frost259

All this 2012 world ending stuff is nonsense. Cause it's ending May 3rd 2011, I still do not believe this game is coming out lol.

ptree01
ptree01

Wow, that's the most I've ever seen jammed into an ESRB label haha. Should be a rockin blast to the past!

illmatic009
illmatic009

Hail to the King Baby! Day one buy for sure! I already have it preordered!

darkness38
darkness38

call of duty is gonna die this year, so many good games coming this year

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@Blaze_Hrimfaxi None of which were 3DRealms/Apogee projects, and thus not proper sequels.

Blaze_Hrimfaxi
Blaze_Hrimfaxi

People seem to keep forgetting that there has been other Duke Nukem games since 3D...

calvinsora
calvinsora

@FrostyGoat: I do have a sense of humor, it's just that misogynistic jokes, swearing and a one-dimensional character aren't my definition of funny. DeathSpank is. Monkey Island is. Portal is. As I say, that doesn't matter much, it's the gameplay that counts.

The-Longshot
The-Longshot

hahaha, hilarious video and awesome. Glad to see its finally coming, ill be reserving it as soon as possible. I always said i would if it ever came out, and now it looks like it finally will. So good to see the king return.

PompeyPirate
PompeyPirate

Can't wait to see this one. Loved Duke Nukem 3D! Blow it out your ass!

FrostyGoat
FrostyGoat

You most have no sense of humor then there Calvinsora. I feel very sorry for you. HAIL TO THE KING BABY!

calvinsora
calvinsora

The humor is awful, but the game mechanics look solid and Gearbox has a great pedigree. I'll keep an eye on this one.

jcbullen
jcbullen

@scorpion_great Seriously, swearing is one of the last concerns that people these days should have. It's not like people don't already insult/flame each other on this site. I can see not wanting to allow negative racial/sexual orientation type words, but the basic swear words aren't going to hurt anyone. I wonder if a petition would work.... doubtful.

feliscele
feliscele

I've had a lot of weird birthday presents but this...this takes the cake.

DrugSkill69
DrugSkill69

@parrot_of_adun Thanks a lot for the info.

Wula_
Wula_

@kevingarnerry what gives you the idea that the console or PC versions will be censored in north america?( if you're not in north america I can understand) They gotta show a trailer somehow. So its bound to happen that 1/2 of it will be censored just in case little kiddies want to watch it.

lordkorosh
lordkorosh

what really took them so long to develop duke and then all those problems and gear box finally is going to release it,IF THE GAME FAILS FOR ANY REASON IT WILL BE THE END OF DUKE.

Venom341
Venom341

"And then he disappeared" for a very, very long time.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Cant Wait : ) Time to give the FPS genre a bit of a twist : )