Duke Nukem Forever back on! Gearbox wrapping up the legendary production

When Duke Nukem Forever was cancelled early this year, we in the games journalism biz thought, “finally we can stop writing about this game we all knew would never be finished.” Sure, some recent rumors popped up about Gearbox, developers of Borderlands, was now working on the game after 3D Realms' closure, but we all knew it was bullshit, right? No way could this actually happen, right? DNF was dead, dead, dead, left in our sexually frustrated childhood, wasn’t it. Then some images came in from the Penny Arcade Expo:

Above: No f**king way! (from Shacknews) 

Then 2K Games started streaming Gearbox’s press conference at PAX, and Randy Pitchford took the stage, explaining that yes, this is really happening. After talking about his personal history with 3D Realms and Duke and how Gearbox was now just polishing the game. After mentioning that DNF is coming in 2011, he unveiled a trailer, for which no video was allowed, but hopefully we’ll have an official version soon.

Above: Here’s the live stream that was showing the demos

On the live stream they showed some lucky players getting their first hands-on with it, but many there, despite playing the game, seemed unbelieving that the game actually was coming out. The game looked good from what we saw through the live stream, featuring shotguns and murdering, as we saw Duke run around and shoot/punch things. Sadly it had no audio, so we couldn’t hear all great one liners Duke spouts off. We wonder what action films he’s stealing dialogue from this time.

In a couple interviews, Gearbox devs let loose some details, such as Gearbox’s relationship with 3D Realms and getting their blessing to finish the product. Also, that they are pushing the M-rated envelope as close to AO as possible. Stay tuned, we’ll have more info as it develops and hell freezes over.

Sep 3, 2010

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  • Sala106 - September 5, 2010 11:34 p.m.

    Hopefully, it will come out this time..
  • SirDinkleman - September 4, 2010 10:40 p.m.

    hell will freeze over before DNF (lol get it "DID NOT FINISH") comes out
  • MitsuharuSan - September 4, 2010 7:15 p.m.

    @QWERTYCommander: because it's Duke friggin' Nukem, thus it's awesome. There's no expectation but this being a Duke game. Always bet on Duke! Can't wait.
  • Apollomasque - September 4, 2010 2:19 p.m.

    Holy FUCK. You really CAN bet on Duke.
  • TheElephantManchurianCandidate - September 4, 2010 9:50 a.m.

    Good job I always bet on the Duke
  • quincytheodore - September 4, 2010 4:23 a.m.

    ohohoh It's gonna be like throwing salt in to newly circumsized.... ehmm if it's got delayed...
  • GangsterJew92 - September 4, 2010 2:04 a.m.

    The game should come out on December 22, 2012.
  • BlindMarksman - September 4, 2010 1:27 a.m.

    (I look outside the window) IS THAT A PIG FLYING?!?!?
  • ShaneCedt - September 3, 2010 10:37 p.m.

    Just...please...release the game...give it 8/10....whatever...just...end...torture
  • OriginalJonty - September 3, 2010 10:15 p.m.

    Did Hell freeze over? Is the sky green? Do elephants live in water? My whole world has been turned upside down!
  • SumthingStupid - September 3, 2010 10:10 p.m.

    so stupid they must have spent so much money on this when they could've gave the money to acctual good ideas for games instead of giving to this decade worth of crap
  • PaulieWaulie - September 3, 2010 10:04 p.m.

    Shake it baby!
  • metalgatesolid - September 3, 2010 9:44 p.m.

    Please dont break my heart again with Duke Nukem. I need a new Duke game.
  • Onepersonwithnoopinion - September 3, 2010 9:03 p.m.

    I'm already imagining a beefier Borderlands with more enemies and one-liners. This will be great.
  • ChildSaxGreatestHits - September 3, 2010 8:59 p.m.

  • nai1210 - September 3, 2010 8:50 p.m.

    Hope this keeps on getting delayed again,just for my amusement,Duke himself is now so dated I can't see the game being a success,I'm sure a lot of people will buy it and realise there not 13 anymore.
  • WickedSid - September 3, 2010 8:44 p.m.

    Duke Nukem Forever was doomed since they Named it... Initials DNF. Fuck That, this game better be finished by the time I finish this Sentence(Hence The Ellipsis). . .
  • RUSSO - September 3, 2010 8:25 p.m.

    Well, as i said, human being lives from hope. This game had to be finish, even after more than 13 or 14 years, but that's ok, even Starcraft and other games did the same. If it's great or not, it just be awesome to control Duke again, with all his catchphrases, the shotgun and everything. And yeah, 2011 will be. Duke is just waiting to meet again with his old-partner Max Payne.
  • ChrisCultista - September 3, 2010 8:14 p.m.

    WuuuuuuuuAATTTTT!!!!!?!?!?!?! IT IS NOT POSSIBLE!
  • db1331 - September 3, 2010 7:38 p.m.

    @QWERTYCommander Simple. They're not. They are just going to use the name to sell enough copies to make a profit. It won't be a good game, but it will still be a commercial success because it is called Duke Nukem Forever. Think Snakes on a Plane.

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