It’s actually happened: Duke Nukem Forever goes gold

After spending 14 years in development hell, Duke Nukem Forever is somehow releasing next month. And it really is this time. Publisher 2K just confirmed the much-mocked/much-loved shooter had gone gold. In short, DUKE NUKEM FOREVER IS READY TO SHIP. Holy. Crap.

Apparently stores have already pre-sold huge numbers, making it likely we’ll see more of the Duke in the future – though who’d want to bet when?

While I can’t say I’m desperate to try this, I know plenty who are eagerly awaiting that June 14th launch date. Below there’s a quote from 2K’s Christoph Hartmann, going a bit over-the-top with the ‘precipice of history’ talk. Then, for lulz, I’ve added a shot of how the game looked back at the start of development in the late-nineties:

Duke Nukem Forever is the game that was once thought to be unshippable, and yet here we are, on the precipice of history. Today marks an amazing day in the annals of gaming lore, the day where the legend of Duke Nukem Forever is finally complete and it takes that final step towards becoming a reality.”


[Via press release]