Feel free to insert your favorite joke right here, but we're going to bypass the humor and stick to the news. After 13 years, we're all joked out. …wait, that was a jab, wasn't it?

It's isn't a vague release window and it isn't a rumor: 2K Games and Gearbox Software have announced what they're calling a "landmark date in gaming history." Yes, the baddest of the bad, Duke Nukem, will at long last make his return to the video game world as Duke Nukem Forever will launch for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC on May 3, 2011 in North America, and three days later "internationally." Dubbed the "perfect, uncompromising ass-kicking hero," Duke is ready to go, and they've got an all-new trailer to tide you over until May. Said Christoph Hartmann, 2K president:

"The moment fans all over the world have been waiting for is almost here. May 3, 2011 marks Duke’s return as he unleashes his brash and brutally honest wit on the world. His return is going to be epic and one that will make video gaming history!"

Every nasty thing from the pig cops to ravaging alien hordes will swarm across the earth, and only one man can save humanity. Featuring "over-the-top weapons, non-stop action, and unprecedented levels of interactivity," we'll even be able to participate in extra-curricular activities like playing basketball, lifting weights, and yeah, checking out the ladies (that includes reading dirty magazines, by the way). Gearbox president Randy Pitchford said he is "proud, humbled and even astounded" to make this release announcement…we're pretty astounded ourselves.

If you want to sample DNF before it's released, you can become a member of the Duke Nukem Forever First Access Club; membership certificates can be found in Borderlands Game of the Year Editions. If you don't want to do that, well, you'll just have to wait. Duke Nukem Forever is only a few months away, people. Really and for true.

P.S. If you missed it, check out the short film in honor of "The Duke."

Related Game(s): Duke Nukem Forever

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Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

There's probably going to be a lot people saying that it's not worth the 13 year long wait. And I get the impression that it probably won't be because it's a multiplatform game.

If it were exclusive to either the PC or the PS3 then we might have some reason to hope. But no, it does both and it includes the Xbox 360 which is hands down the weakest of the three platforms. So compromise is probably inevitable.

It's probably best to keep one's expectations low for this one.


Last edited by Looking Glass on 1/21/2011 10:47:46 AM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

On the technicals I agree with you, but on the Entertainment value I expect very good things. Hope I'm right.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

I can't help thinking that if I were the publisher, I might have one dig at the vaporware thing and announce a date, but then 'delay' the game with a HUGE press release, but announce the next day that the delay is only a day…

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

Or announce a date and then release it early.

Imagi
Imagi
9 years ago

I must be dreaming!

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Only if the game is any good…

I have a terrible feeling it's going to be a generic 1st person shooter with the same corny jokes from the original – but I may be wrong.


Last edited by TheHighlander on 1/21/2011 11:02:44 AM

coverton341
coverton341
9 years ago

I think that is exactly what you should expect Highlander, but at the same time, if it's like the first games with all the corny jokes and gratuitous nudity then it wouldn't really be a generic 1st person shooter would it? To me another generic FPS would be another military conflict and fatigues.

Maybe the shot in the arm that FPSs need right now is some corn and cheese. Honestly when was the last time you saw a good FPS with corn ball jokes, dancing girls, and that cheesy flair? Matt Hazard doesn't count because I said good game 😛

Kevadu
Kevadu
9 years ago

Well said, coverton. Sometimes cheese is good.

There are so many FPSs on the market and yet nothing that has that Duke Nukem attitude.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

I agree with you, they do need a 'fun' shot in the arm for sure. What I was getting at is I really don't want to see a generic shooter, where it's really just a paint by the numbers game that has had a veneer of Duke Nuken overlaid on it.

It needs that cheesy, politically incorrect humor and partial nudity, it needs Duke to be completely goofy at times and a bit of a dolt too. It needs all of that, but the game world needs to back that up with less realism and more focus on good level design and interesting visuals.

You know that I mean? I mean you could use the MW2 engine to build a decent generic shooter and choose an urban location, then apply some lewd dialog and a few topless pictures in the backgrounds. But that wouldn't make it a Duke game, the attitude has to be in every part of the game.

I'm just fearful that with the apparent speed of development since the new team took it on, we may get a more generic shooter that has been themed for Duke, but not really a game designed around Duke.

jaynet333
jaynet333
9 years ago

Highlander – I know what you mean. I had the same outlook, until I read up on the overall development of the game on Wikipedia, and also saw the recent trailer. It looks like Gearbox and Triptych Games took what was actually an almost finished PC game and polished it up for release. They also did the console ports. The trailer shows some pretty interesting levels and gameplay as well. I guess we won't really know until it's out. I just may try to get my hands on the early demo. 😉

coverton341
coverton341
9 years ago

All right, I know exactly what you mean now. I fully agree with that too. I don't want the same physics, realism, and feeling that all these war simulators have in my Duke game and I think that's what you're saying.

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

I wonder how those console ports are going to turn out? Because if PS3 gamers get the short end of the stick again there will likely be consequences.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Coverton,

The only other game I can think of with a healthy sprinkling of good ole corny cheese sauce dialog, is "Deathspank"

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

i am interested to find out if it will be any good. i have low expectations.

Lairfan
Lairfan
9 years ago

Hmmm…I'm kinda disappointed in the graphics, but then again, it is a multiplat. The gameplay looks awesome though. Just hope its not too much like Bulletstorm (we have to have some variety in our insane balls-to-the-wall FPS's).

Hezzron
Hezzron
9 years ago

May 3rd should become a national holiday….just on principle alone.

spiderboi
spiderboi
9 years ago

Was this part of the Mayans' prophecies?

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

I was going to say the same thing.

You want a sure sign that the end is nigh: DNF in stores.

Zen_Zarab
Zen_Zarab
9 years ago

This is the game that EVERYONE MUST BUY.

DemonNeno
DemonNeno
9 years ago

What? Seriously?! Sounds like you need a nap, kid.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Sounds like someone hasn't broken the age of 20 yet.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Someone has vocabulary problems…

crunchy_nut_kid
crunchy_nut_kid
9 years ago

if you say a bad thing about DNF again, chuck norris will come to your house and PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE!!!!!

DjEezzy
DjEezzy
9 years ago

i have other shooters that i'm way more interested in. Maybe a rental.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

I have never played a Duke Nukem game and am wondering whether I should be interested in this at all, as I don't generally care for shooters.

GuyverLT
GuyverLT
9 years ago

I know what you mean I myself have never played any FPS or 3rdPS cause I suck at those games. I tend to stick to only playing Action/Adventure/ Platformer, Fighting & some racing games here or there (Preferably Burnout, Motorstrom). But I just saw a trailer for it & it kinda cool there was this one part where he punching a giant monster's nuts into oblivion, it was funny.


Last edited by GuyverLT on 1/21/2011 5:44:02 PM

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

I have to say..they waited too long for this game. I'd totally delay that bad boy until 2012. There are far too many FPS' about to come out this year that are pretty much guaranteed to be good and sell..KZ3 drops next month, Resistance 3 in September, Bulletstorm same day as KZ, not the next installment of CoD..

Got a bad feeling this isn't going to sell..

GuyverLT
GuyverLT
9 years ago

KillZone3 comes 2 whole months b4 this game does it's coming out in may so how does any of those other games hurt Duke's release when Resistance3, Bulletstorm all come out late summer, & fall.


Last edited by GuyverLT on 1/21/2011 5:49:59 PM

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago
coverton341
coverton341
9 years ago

Oh Yahtzee. That scamp. I saw this a while ago and nearly wet myself laughing

jaynet333
jaynet333
9 years ago

Based on the info from PAX, and the trailer that just came out, I think this looks like it's going to be a blast! The high level of interactivity along with the trademark Duke attitude and quips – I can't wait! Despite all of the other FPS releases this year, I think this one will set itself apart from the rest.

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

Oh it will definitely set itself apart. But I'm not so sure if it will be in a good way. I'm mean Duke Nukem's brand of ridiculously misogynistic hyper-masculine stupidity may have found a place for itself in the early to mid 90s. But I'm not so sure if it would be welcome in this day and age.

And besides I think it's a strong possibility that Duke's stupid monotone voice is really going to annoy a lot of people.


Last edited by Looking Glass on 1/21/2011 2:48:57 PM

jaynet333
jaynet333
9 years ago

LOL – I'm pretty sure the overly macho caricature that is Duke Nukem is all in fun. I'm just as much a fan of a deep story and an emotional connection with the characters as anyone. But I also appreciate the entertainment value of something on the lighter side that's just meant to be fun. Obviously, there are other factors that go into a game, and we have yet to know just how good the game will be. But I'm glad to see it was finally released, and am really looking forward to it.
I guess I am also not all bent out of shape over how long it took to get released and all the other BS. It is just a video game after all. 😉

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

Well, I hope for all our sakes that no one at Fox News get wind of it.

GuyverLT
GuyverLT
9 years ago

Forget fox news there all a bunch of hypocrites.

Lotusflow3r
Lotusflow3r
9 years ago

I got tears.

DemonNeno
DemonNeno
9 years ago

Haha, I'm not sure how great this game will be, but I'm definitely buying it for the sake of having some form of Nukem to blast the baddies with! I doubt it'll break any laws of physics or laws of.. Anything really. I don't doubt that it'll be entertaining, though!

hadouken
hadouken
9 years ago

Every time I hear something about the release date for Duke Nukem it makes me chuckle. I hope Duke sees the light of day because the game appears to have potential.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

Now that's one sweet trailer.
Although I'm not convinced, but at least this trailer got me interested.
Looks bloody fun.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Should be good for a laugh and a few "Take that muthafuchas!" moments. I'll get it but I'm not thrilled out of my seat.

Remember, this isn't a game that has actually been developed for 13 years, it's a game that has been made recently with a title slapped onto it to cash in.

Still, nostalgia alone makes it a buy.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

I thought 3D Realms is co-developing this with Gearbox.
How can this be made recently.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

They made it recently. That's how.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

3D Realms had darned near nothing to show for 13 years of effort. They brought the concept and basic art assets, I'm not sure what else they had to bring.

___________
___________
9 years ago

just got my email from the first access club so cant wait till this releases!

crunchy_nut_kid
crunchy_nut_kid
9 years ago

DNF??? kind of ironic that DNF also stands for 'did not finish'

amillie
amillie
9 years ago

Jokes aside, i'm glad this game is coming out. I cannot wait to play it. It should be a Halo-killer.