There can’t be many games that started development in the last century but Duke Nukem Forever is one of them. Now the game, which was first announced in 1997, and has since turned into the most famous piece of vapourware ever has out of blue received an actual release date.
It seems that Gearbox software, which first rose to fame creating expansion packs for Half-Life, announced last week at the Penny Arcade expo that it had picked up the rights and claims that the finished title will finally appear ‘some time in 2011’. The Publisher will be 2K Games.
Two levels of the game were allegedly shown to show attendees though no video was released to the online world.
Duke Nukem was the hero of a series of first-person shooter games from the 1990s famed for its graphic imagery, violence and crude language, which were all pretty controversial at the time. Duke’s cocky swagger and gung-ho attitude were strictly from the Schwarzenegger and Stallone school of subtlety, but with the film The Expendables proving to be a surprisingly well received return for the 80s/90s knuckleheads of cinema, Duke’s return to the gaming arena could be suitably timely.
"All great things take time... a lot of time," Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K, said in the press release. "After a hiatus from the video game world, Duke Nukem is back and better than ever. The return of the King from the glory days of shooters will satisfy our patient, die-hard fans, as well as a new generation of bubble gum-chewing, flat top and shades-wearing bad-asses. Make no mistake about it - Duke Nukem Forever is a testament to the era of when shooters were bodacious and fun."
Of course, the last time we at TrustedReviews hailed Duke Nukem Forever’s imminent arrival was almost five years ago – so if you are a hopeful fan, breath holding is not advised.