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Although this probably dates me a little bit, but I can remember the days when the “Duke Nukem” franchise was a PC-only title available via shareware on locally-owned bulletin board systems. The original game was a side-scrolling platformer, a highly-addictive little title that stole quite a few hours of my life. Not surprisingly, it was a huge success. However, after entering the third-person shooter arena with “Duke Nukem 3D”, the franchise went extremely and bitterly cold. Despite promises that the frequently-delayed “Duke Nukem Forever” — the “Chinese Democracy” of video games — would eventually see the proverbial light of day, financial woes, company shake-ups, and lofty ambitions ultimately prevented the project from ever reaching a release date. So imagine my giddy surprise this morning when I discovered that 2K Games and Gearbox software are planning to unleash “Duke Nukem Forever” onto the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC on May 3rd in North America. The rest of the world will get it on May 6th.
Here’s a little something from the official press release:
Put on your shades and prepare to step into the boots of Duke Nukem,whose legend has reached epic proportions in the years since his last adventure. The alien hordes are invading and only Duke can save the world. Pig cops, alien shrink rays and enormous alien bosses can’t stop our hero from accomplishing his one and only goal: to save the world, save the babes and to be a bad-ass while doing it. The King arrives with an arsenal of over-the-top weapons, non-stop action, and unprecedented levels of interactivity. This game puts the pedal to the metal and tongue firmly in cheek. Shoot hoops, lift weights, read adult magazines, draw crude messages on whiteboards or ogle the many hot women that occupy Duke’s life – that is if you can pull yourself away long enough from destroying alien invaders. Duke Nukem was and will forever be a gaming icon, and this is his legend.
“When I said goodbye to 3D Realms and the original Duke Nukem 3D team in 1997 and soon after founded Gearbox Software, I never in my wildest dreams imagined that a day like today would come,” said Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software. “Today I am proud, humbled and even astounded to announce that the day is coming at last for all gamers to be a part of video game history: Duke Nukem Forever will launch worldwide this May!”
Players looking to get access to the Duke Nukem Forever playable demo before it is publicly released can join the Duke Nukem Forever First Access Club. A membership certificate for the Duke Nukem Forever First Access Club is included within the “Borderlands: Game of the Year” edition, where customers will be able to experience the definitive, value-packed collection of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Role-Playing-Shooter that has captured the imagination and attention of single-player and cooperative gamers around the world.
For those of us who have been waiting forever to actually get their hands on a copy of “Duke Nukem Forever”, this is incredible news. Curious parties should definitely check out the embedded trailer. It’s pretty darn snazzy.