We all knew it was too good to be true.
Just when it looked like it was smooth sailing for the much-anticipated Duke Nukem Forever, 2K Games announced that the game has once again been delayed. Instead of coming out on May 3, Duke Nukem Forever, which has been in development for 15 years, has been pushed to a June 14 release in the United States (June 10 internationally) on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.
“In case you haven’t heard, Duke never comes early,” Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K, said in a press release. “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.”
Indeed, Duke Nukem Forever has been through quite the saga, after being declared all but dead by original developer 3D Realms before being rescued in 2009 by 2K and Gearbox. But at least 2K can take the challenges in stride; the announcement of the delay was initially sent out to the press via a video—which can be found on YouTube here behind an age gate—in which a seemingly uninformed Randy Pitchford (the president of Gearbox) enthusiastically touts the impending release of Duke Nukem Forever, only to be unceremoniously alerted that the date had been pushed back.
We got to spend some time with Duke Nukem Forever at PAX East earlier this month, and while it looks to be worth the wait, let’s hope it doesn’t take too much longer.