After last May's heartbreaking (or hilarious, depending on your point of view) news that Duke Nukem Forever was either canceled or indefinitely put on hold after most of the staff at 3D Realms was fired, it was confirmed just hours ago at the PAX gaming conference that everyone's favorite womanizing badass alien killer will indeed be seeing the light of day in after all. According to several websites, including vgreleases.com, Duke Nukem Forever will be coming to the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC sometime next year!
According to Wired.com, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford exclaimed to a group of gamers waiting to play the two-level DNF demo, "You cannot kill Duke. You cannot kill Duke!" Pitchford is a former employee of 3D Realms and, said Wired.com, he was wearing the Duke Nukem shirt the company gave him in 1996.
|How sweet it is!|
What's really exciting about this announcement is that DNF is still alive. And to the Duke faithful, that's all that matters.
|The Xbox 360 demo's title screen|
I am now and will always be a huge fan of the original Duke Nukem 3D; I consider it the finest first person shooter title ever conceived. (Thanks for showing it to me all those years ago Tom; I'm FOREVER in your debt!) I nuked my way through all the official add-ons, like Duke Caribbean: Life's a Beach, Duke It Out in D.C. and Duke! Zone 2. I also finished the 1,000 level add-on Nuke It!, though it took me a good three years. I'm one of those guys who always had faith in Duke Nukem Forever, though I knew it wasn't coming out when they said it was... ever. Even if DNF turns out to be the worst game I've ever played, I'm ecstatic that it still has a chance to take its rightful place on my gaming shelf.
There's just one thing left to tell the naysayers: Come get some! (Maybe, possibly, one day. I hope!)