We all thought he was gone forever, but Duke Nukem is back! Twelve years in the making, it was thought we would never see him – Gearbox made sure that that was not the case. Can Duke still hold his own after twelve years out in the development wilderness? Or has he now become something of a joke, out of place in this modern time of gaming? Let’s dive in.
I don’t even know how many times Duke Nukem Forever has been delayed, canceled, and revived at this point. And while the title is getting delayed again, thankfully fans won’t have to wait too long… Unless, of course we see another delay.
Duke fans will now have to wait until June 10th to pick up the title internationally. North Americans have to wait until the 14th. The title was originally slated to hit stores shelves in May.
2k games president, Christoph Hartmann commented on the delay. “In case you haven’t heard, Duke never comes early. We’re committed to deliver a laugh-out-loud, politically incorrect experience that people will talk about for years to come. We thank Duke’s fans for their continued patience – I promise this won’t take another 15 years.”
If the title launches in June, you might want to splurge a little in celebration of the game’s release. Duke Nukem Forever will feature a Balls of Steel edition that includes an art book, comic book, Duke Nukem dice, and more. It even features a bust of Duke Nukem! I’d pay $99 just for the bust and the game!
Duke Nukem Forever. You know, it has been in development since 1997. That’s before Ocarina of Time even hit! If finally getting your hands on the title in May won’t be enough to make your purchase memorable, you’ll want to get the Balls of Steel edition.
While you’ll have to dish out an extra $40 for this set, there is a lot of swag for Duke Nukem fans. First, and mostly important, you get a copy of Duke Nukem Forever. Second, a 100-page hardcover book called History, Legacy & Legend: Duke Nukem Forever Art from the Vault. Third, five post cards! Fourth, a sticker of the Duke Nukem Forever logo. Fifth, a fold out paper craft. Sixth, poker chips. Seventh, a mini-card deck. Eigth, dice with the Duke Nukem logo on them. Nineth, a collectible comic book. Tenth, a certificate of authenticity. And finally, the icing that crushes the cake, a bust of Duke Nukem. Yeah, a bust.
That’s eleven items for your $99. Twelve if you include the box! Probably one of the better collector’s edition I’ve seen in awhile. And after fourteen years, Duke Nukem Forever deserves some special treatment.
You can check out the bundle after the jump!
Want to get your hands on Gearbox Software’s newest title, Duke Nukem Forever, before it hit stores next year? Well, now you can!
Provided you’re willing to shell out some extra cash for the Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition. The re-release of the game will give players membership to the Duke Nukem Forever First Access Club, not to mention the 4 Borderlands episodes you receive from buying the game.
Membership to the club will allow you to play a demo of Duke Nukem Forever, as well as get a bunch of “goodies” when the game releases on the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC in 2011.
And haven’t you always wanted to be in a Duke Nukem Club anyway?
Duke Nukem Forever refuses to die, but at the very least we get a little bit of new media for the game. The footage, which was apparently leaked, looks pretty much inline with the other leaked footage and screen shots which appeared last year. Although the footage is a little dark, but the later half of the video brightens up a bit.
Who ever leaked the footage got a little creative and added music that isn’t the standard Duke Nukem theme that we see with all the other footage. It is a very interesting and odd combination.
You can check out the footage after the jump.
While the Duke Nukem franchise has been rather quiet since Duke Nukem Forever was announced, gamers are about to have a explosion of Duke Nukem titles to help make up for the years Duke has been laying low.
In an interview with Gamesauce 3D realms CEO Scott Miller said that the company has big plans for Duke. “The next few years should see a strong resurgence in Duke. There are numerous other Duke games in various stages of development, several due out this year. We are definitely looking to bring Duke into casual gaming spaces, plus there are other major Duke games in production.” Miller said that almost all of these products are currently unannounced. These unannounced titles may include the possible D-Day Duke Nukem teaser that appeared late last year (horrah 2010) or possibly the rumored port of Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project to X-box Live Arcade.
Miller also confirm that the development on Duke Begins, that was being handled by Gear Box thedeveloper Border Lands and Brothers in Arms series, has been haulted as of July 2009.
While many believed Duke Nukem Forever would be forever buried, Millar reassures us that the Duke Nukem Forever may never die. Miller said “We’ve never said that Duke Nukem Forever has ceased development. Yes, we released the internal team, but that doesn’t correlate to the demise of the project.” Clearly you should always bet on Duke, because he never dies.