Goonies aren’t the only ones that never say die.Duke Nukem Forever has finally seen the light of day after what will be 14 years coming upon its newly anticipated 2011 release date and 923859023 jokes later about how the game has taken “forever”. And in local news, pigs are flying over yetis parading on unicorns at the Loch Ness Monster's birthday party, while Satan pulls off a triple Lutz in hell.
The long-awaited title made its debut earlier today in front of attendees at this year’s Penny Arcade Expo (PAX), taking place from September 3-5 at the Washington State Convention Center. Videos were quick to surface online, depicting everyone’s favorite bubble gum-chewing, cigar smoking, quick-witted protagonist ridding the world of alien scum with some really big guns and a monster truck fit for the king himself.
“Hail to the king, baby! It's unbelievable, it kicks ass and it's totally going to happen!” said Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software, "Gearbox has enabled die-hard key Duke Nukem franchise builders and skilled veteran game makers to stand together and deliver. All gamers deserve a happy ending and after all of us gamers feeling the full range of emotions about Duke Nukem Forever, I am thrilled to be in a position with the trust, power and means to make it happen. Am I crazy? Balls of steel, baby, balls of steel!”
Developer Gearbox is best known for their work on Borderlands, Brothers in Arms, and on many of the titles in the Half-Life series. They are the latest company to catch the gaming industry’s bastard child in their arms, which has been tossed back and forth between 3D Realms, listlessness, and legal battles since 1997.
One has to wonder what sort of build of the game Gearbox has inherited to work with. Considering it's development constantly skipping beats, will it be possible for them to pull off a platinum disc with this broken record? It’s tough to determine from off-screen videos considering they look like the Zapruder film, but just the fact alone they stand a testament to the game's existence is enough for me.
It has also been over a decade since anything Duke Nukem was socially relevant. That's not to say that this brash badass with an affinity for strippers and shooting aliens couldn't win over the miscreant hearts younger generation, but one has to wonder what unique pull this game will bring to the table to hold its own amongst the Halos and Call of Dutys of the current generation.
A tentative release date has been set for 2011 for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. The previous definition of tentative was “fourteen years later”, so don’t keep your fingers crossed or you may never be able to use them again. As has become a mantra with this game, I’ll believe it when I see it…in my console.