UPDATE: During a presentation at PAX, Pitchford stated that the game was planned for 2011. Take that, Wall Street Journal!
Original Story: Over the last few weeks, we've heard rumors that 2K Games was reviving the oft-delayed "Duke Nukem Forever" and placing the final development responsibilities on Gearbox Software. Seems those rumors were spot-on, as the publisher re-revealed the game at a PAX press conference.
In an exclusive interview conducted by the Wall Street Journal, Randy Pitchford, the CEO of Gearbox, said that his company started working on "Duke Nukem Forever" in late 2009. Said Pitchford, "Clearly the game hadn't been finished at 3D Realms but a lot of content had been created...The approach and investment and process at 3d Realms didn't quite make it and it cracked at the end. With Gearbox Software we brought all those pieces together. It's the game it was meant to be."
Pitchford went on to give the plot of the game: "Aliens come and say they’re going to be our friends and Duke knows this isn’t going to work out... Duke once again is in the pivotal spot and its up to him to save the world." Exactly the sort of depth we'd expect from the series.
According to the article, the game is expected to ship in 2010. We'll take that with a grain of salt.
The news of "Duke Nukem Forever" actually (maybe) coming out this year leaves me feeling torn. After ten years of development, there's simply no way this game could live up to the ridiculous hype that's been set around it. At this point I'm guessing that 2K is really just trying to make a little money back off their ridiculously over-budget investment. But, on the flip side, Gearbox is not really known for just crapping out games. Who knows, there might be something special coming our way later this year.
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