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