It’s Official: Duke Nukem Forever Coming From Gearbox Software

It’s Official: Duke Nukem Forever Coming From Gearbox Software

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.

Controversial, Long Awaited ‘Duke Nukem Forever' Will Finally Be Released [WSJ]


  • Now that Gearbox is on it I have no doubt it’s going to be released. Without solid scores of 10 across the board… it’s going to be the biggest joke in the industry.

  • lol, I suppose we finally have a reason to thank the stupid consoles for stalling technical advancement!

    we all know DNF was so delayed because they kept trying to update it to make it cutting edge, changing engines all the time…

    I guess when there is no technical advancement of note in 5 years you can finally catch up!

    I agree with yatzee though, they shouldn’t release this game just for the sake of it… gears of war with duke… IT BETTER BE GOOD!

  • Good lord. The worst thing about this game, is that if it actually DOES get released… it’ll be mediocre at best. I’d almost rather not get the game than get something half-assed

    • My god, I hate to sound like I’m picking on you, but the point has gone over your head entirely. I’m viewing this as 100% fan service, not some uber perfect serious FPS that maybe George Broussard wanted it to be in 1998… there’s no way it will live up to those expectations. The way it is right now, it wouldn’t matter if it did tick all the boxes, people would find something wrong with it… just like with Halo or Call of Duty… there is literally no game they could release that wouldn’t be met with a lot of unfounded scrutiny and criticism.

      You need to play and enjoy the game for what it is, dude… if you weren’t a fan of the original, don’t play DNF… save yourself the hassle.

  • This is bad. If they never released it, it’ll just go down in history as an aberration, a hole in the system and everyone will look back and laugh at how little accountability there was, back ‘in the day’.

    Now if they finally release it, it’ll never ever come anywhere near the hype. And instead of a funny story old-timers share over a beer, we’ll just have a shitty game.

    It’ll be like an old 80s action movie starring Sylvester Stallone being in development hell for over a decade while society’s tastes evolve into more gritty and believable Bourne-heroes. Then they finally release it and it’s a complete piece of shit. Oh wait, that’s the Expendables.

  • Was really irked that the booth babe outside of duke nukem @ PAX looked like she could be my little sister. Honestly, with the explicit nature of the game and demo trailer, this made me sick. However, gameplay was fun for the ten minutes I played.

  • I like kicking ass and chewing bubblegum… and I’m all out of gum. I AM GETTING THIS GAME ON RELEASE I AM SO EXCITED!!! I STILL HAVE THE ATOMIC ADDITION ON PC!!!

  • I’m kind of sad that the running joke of Duke Nukem Forever could almost be finished. I’ve gotten so used to it being vaporware it just felt right. For the game to actually be released feels… wrong.

    It’s kind of like the Bush years (or Sarah Palin’s run for vice president); it wasn’t a good thing but making fun of it was more satisfying than getting rid of it. Without it there is a void in the world.

    Here’s hoping something goes horribly wrong and it gets bumped up again the hilarity of the most absurd development cycle in gaming history. This game is more valuable to the world as vaporware.

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