2K Games has made it official. Duke Nukem Forever is alive and well in the hands of developer Gearbox Software, confirming our earlier reports that the Borderlands studio was helping to complete the game’s absurdly long development cycle.
The publisher announced this morning in advance of PAX 2010 that Gearbox Software was on the job, picking up where developer 3D Realms left off. Gearbox plans to ship the game within the next year, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal—the WSJ says both “next year” and “currently expected to ship in 2010.”
Gearbox and 2K will be showcasing the game to press and the public at this weekend's PAX convention.
After more than a decade in development, Duke Nukem Forever all but ended its production after the collapse of studio 3D Realms. Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford tells the Wall Street Journal that his studio picked up development in late 2009 and that the game is currently in the "polishing" stages.