They said it would never happen. They said it was too late. They said it was impossible. They were wrong.
Making gaming history, 2K Games has today announced at the PAX entertainment show in the United States that the one and only gaming behemoth Duke Nukem Forever was returning, spearheaded by development studio Gearbox Software.
Duke Nukem Forever is well known for its abnormally long development schedule. At 3D Realms the title stayed in development for over a decade, passing through numerous redesigns and rendering engines. The 3D Realms mantra of "When it's done", referring to when the product would be finish, became somewhat of a joke, with many suspecting that the title would never see the light of day. 3D Realm's significant legal issues in 2009, coupled with the loss of key staff, had most people believing the game was well and truly dead and buried.
Gearbox Software, well known for Borderlands and the Brothers in Arms series, are now behind the reigns. Playable at PAX, Gearbox has stated that the game is in its final stages of polish, and that they are aiming for a 2011 release across PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.