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Duke Nukem Forever Announced by 2KGames, Showing at PAX 2010

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2K Games has announced the unannounceable, revealing the publisher’s plans to release Duke Nukem Forever. The announcement confirms rumors that Gearbox Software, the acclaimed developer of the Brothers in Arms franchise and last year’s Borderlands, will be handling the development of the title, which is set for a 2011 release on PC and consoles.

To call this game “long-awaited” would be a gross understatement, as the game has been languishing in development hell for well more than a decade. It appeared that with the demise of its former developer, 3D Realms, earlier this summer, that the game was put onto that flaming boat to Valhalla, another title to get the cancellation axe. However, rumors began to mount that after purchasing the assets, that 2K was to continue development on the title and finally complete it, roughly thirteen years since it was first announced.

"All great things take time... a lot of time," laughs Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. "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."

Even more startling than the fact that this game exists, Gearbox has revealed that the game will be in playable form at this year’s Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle (must be at least 17 years old). I never thought I would write this, but Duke Nukem Forever will be available next year on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

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