Gearbox, 2K Games will release Duke Nukem Forever

Those recent rumors about Gearbox taking over Duke Nukem Forever development were true. According to Shacknews, 2K Games has officially revealed that the long-awaited shooter is "currently in development" at Gearbox Software. A story by the Wall Street Journal explains that Gearbox has taken over development where 3D Realms left off, and the game is "expected to ship" later this year. Update: the official release time frame is 2011.

Evidence started cropping up earlier this week when Duke co-creator George Broussard tweeted a picture of cartoon pigs flying. This morning, a photo snapped at the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle showed two cardboard posters emblazoned with the Duke Nukem Forever, Gearbox Software, and 2K Games logos… as well as Duke himself standing beside scantily clad young women with cut-outs for faces.

As I write this, 2K Games has a live stream up showing people playing the long-awaited shooter on the PAX show floor:

We’re also now getting early reports that hell has, in fact, frozen over.

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    • YeuEmMaiMai
    • 9 years ago

    Hopefully the game will be released before all of us oldtimers who played the original duke nukem 3d croak lol……

    • ZGradt
    • 9 years ago

    The way I see it, eventually a game will be released with the title ” Duke Nukem Forever” What would be more interesting if they announced that they were changing the name.

    • lethal
    • 9 years ago
    • dashbarron
    • 9 years ago

    This game gets way to much press. If**** this game ever comes out, it’s going to be one of the largest piles of crap ever made.

      • espetado
      • 9 years ago

      That might actually be true. But it will SELLLLL….

    • Legend
    • 9 years ago

    Hey I heard there will be a special boss fight cameo featuring Chuck Norris.

    • kvndoom
    • 9 years ago

    Damn, the Mayans were only off by one year. Impressive.

    • blastdoor
    • 9 years ago

    There weren’t parental ratings for games when the first Duke came out, right? I wonder if that’s going to affect some of their design decisions (bye bye topless dancers…)

      • albundy
      • 9 years ago

      oh hell no, i need the prostitutes to be there! what’s duke to do without them?

        • VILLAIN_xx
        • 9 years ago

        +1. Im hoping they spent that decade at least improving the dynamics of boob bouncing and booty popping.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 9 years ago

      do you mean the first side-scrolling shooters or Duke 3D? Sega had their own ratings in place by 1992, and ESRB was rating games in like 1994. Whether or not they rated PC games by ESRB is another story – I have no idea.

      Regardless, when the first Duke Nukem side-scrolling shooter came out, no, there were no ratings.

      • Darkmage
      • 9 years ago

      Hell, when Duke Nukem first came out, they only had 256 colors. 🙂

    • Kent_dieGo
    • 9 years ago

    I would love to play the demo they had available at PAX today.

    • Farting Bob
    • 9 years ago

    l[

    • bdwilcox
    • 9 years ago

    Hopefully this game doesn’t turn out like the Hope diamond where it curses all who own it…

    • clone
    • 9 years ago

    it’s not april…… I thought it funny that they start with “later this year” then cross it out and claim 2011..

    will see it when we see it.

    • Disco
    • 9 years ago

    I watched a bit of the live feed earlier this morning and saw Randy Pitchford giving a bit of a talk. I had no idea that he had been involved with 3dRealms back in the day, and I played a lot of Duke3d in the early 90’s against my brother inlaw. That infamous t-shirt he’s been wearing was given to him by Broussard back in ’96.

    With that historical investment in the franchise, I’m actually thinking that Duke might turn out OK. As long as it’s on PC!

    **edit: spelling

      • tviceman
      • 9 years ago

      Regenerating health. 🙁

    • BiffStroganoffsky
    • 9 years ago

    *runs to the top of the building/spaceship* – Duke Nuke ‘Em in the twenty-fourth and a half century! – *scurries back down to ward*

    • ludi
    • 9 years ago

    “Dude, you’ve been hanging around here, like…forever.”
    -Serious Sam

    • gohan
    • 9 years ago

    “We’re also now getting early reports that hell has, in fact, frozen over.”

    made my day 🙂 :)…..

    • mac_h8r1
    • 9 years ago

    I think this is rather unprecedented in DNF history… The Ustream is showing people ACTUALLY PLAYING game levels. Better than a teaser and a screenshot…

    • Bensam123
    • 9 years ago

    I thought Duke was taller… the new guy looks like the typical highschool jock… seriously?

    • herothezero
    • 9 years ago

    This game can never live up to expectations now, though perhaps those expectations have gone down, just like 3DRealms did.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 9 years ago

    I don’t think I want them to actually come out with the game. DNF has now become a cult classic. I think actually releasing anything would destroy that.

    • Krogoth
    • 9 years ago

    I am going to bet that Duke3D fans are going to wish that DNF died with 3DRealms.

    It looks like DNF will be another copy-paste console FPS.

    • Deanjo
    • 9 years ago

    Hmmm could make for an interesting scrap next year Rage vs DNF.

      • HisDivineShadow
      • 9 years ago

      Rage’ll win. DNF is Gearbox stitching together pieces of a game started long ago when the name, Quake, actually meant something beyond browser-fare.

      My hope is they hurry up and get this game out, price it discount-like so people who’d buy it out of morbid curiousity (like those who bought Daikatana, Sin, or a Derek Smart game) will all do so immediately. Then they get to work on a fresh, from the ground up new Duke Nukem title.

      Perhaps Duke Nukem Begins, this time.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 9 years ago

    Right around the time they made this announcement, New Zealand had a 7.0 earthquake. Coincidence? I think not.

    • Krogoth
    • 9 years ago

    Here comes the second coming of Daikatana.

    DNF is following dangerous close to its footsteps.

    • paulWTAMU
    • 9 years ago

    that explains why it’s so unseasonably cool here…

    • odizzido
    • 9 years ago

    watching this just makes me puke with how ass controllers are for FPS games.

      • Disco
      • 9 years ago

      I agree. I have a 360, but only play LEGO games with the kids. FPS stay on the computer.

    • burntham77
    • 9 years ago

    Brothers in Arms was a lot of fun, and Borderlands has the kind of style and humor that would work well in a Duke game. I am looking forward to it.

    • 5150
    • 9 years ago

    Yawn. Wake me when it ships.

      • dpaus
      • 9 years ago

      You know, we never get a chance to wake you, because you won’t shut up and go to sleep in the first place.

        • Jigar
        • 9 years ago

        LOL, that made my day. 😀

        • Drive
        • 9 years ago

        Well, he can’t sleep because he is not human.
        §[< http://www.techreport.com/ja.zz?id=504333<]§

          • 5150
          • 9 years ago

          I do sleep. I’m on a timer to sleep after 60 minutes of inactivity of TR posts.

            • ludi
            • 9 years ago

            Sorry, but that exceeds the labeling threshold for Energy Star branding requirements. Please set you inactivity sleep timer to 30 minutes and proceed to hibernation after 60 minutes.

            • Meadows
            • 9 years ago

            Nobody said he had to be ES approved.

      • GrimDanfango
      • 9 years ago

      Yawn. Wake me when Duke 3 has been in development for 24 years.

      • TaBoVilla
      • 9 years ago

      best sleep disorder troll on the net

    • StuG
    • 9 years ago

    My jaw just literally dropped…NOO WAYYYY

    • bthylafh
    • 9 years ago

    That will make the final count… 14 years?

    • dpaus
    • 9 years ago

    Wow…. 2011: Lord Stanley’s cup won by Leafs…

      • Sargent Duck
      • 9 years ago

      Thanks. I now have to clean up my monitor as the water I was drinking is now all over it.

      Funniest thing I’ve heard this week. How about the Laffs just making the playoffs?

      At least water is easier to clean than coffee/pop.

      • Deanjo
      • 9 years ago

      Now that is just plain irrational. The leafs never winning another Stanley Cup has long been a hidden clause in the NHLPA’s collective bargaining agreement.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 9 years ago

    Gearbox has made a handful of decent games. Borderlands being the mst recent, but lots of folks seemed to enjoy Brothers in Arms games, too.

      • Skrying
      • 9 years ago

      Their games have seemed to improve nicely over time. I think they can make a solid game. I just fear for them because DNF can never live up to expectations.

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    Does this actually matter? who actually wants this game? I’m all for games, never mind sweet ones, but duke seems like a van damme movie. out of date. i think we’ll want a character with a little more depth than duke is capable of giving. Those pecks are great, but since mine are more like breasts I’ll need something else to connect me to the game and character.

    • Jigar
    • 9 years ago

    r[

      • derFunkenstein
      • 9 years ago

      no, in the announcement they said “within the next year” and it was first he Wall Street Journal that said it was expected this year.

        • Jigar
        • 9 years ago

        Oh, OK, my bad. 😉

      • Zenith
      • 9 years ago

      Oh Jigar, I wonder if Cyril made the same face that we made when he wrote that. To quote Kosh from Babylon Five, “And so it begins…”

    • khands
    • 9 years ago

    Not going to get excited till I read the words “Gone Gold”

    • JustAnEngineer
    • 9 years ago

    I’m all out of bubblegum.

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