Duke Nukem has finally gone gold, baby
The game many said would never see the light of day is finished. Today 2K Games and Gearbox Software announced that Duke Nukem Forever “has gone gold”, meaning a gold master is complete and ready for mass production. This all but assures Duke will see its North American deadline of June 14th, 2011.
Normally a video game meeting its publishing deadline wouldn’t be a big deal but for Duke Nukem Forever it is a major accomplishment. After its initial announcement in 1997 as a sequel to the classic Duke Nukem 3D, the game had become an industry joke after missing countless deadlines and undergoing several major overhauls with new game engines. All the while the promise of a new game was kept alive with showings of exciting in-game footage and trailers at some E3s. By 2009, however, it looked like the game was all but dead when its original developer, 3D Realms, laid off the Duke staff for budget reasons. After a nasty bit of lawsuit business between publisher and said developer for failure to finish the project; a small development team known as Triptych Studios began to resurrect the dream.
By now, Duke should have a back catalog the size of Lara Croft’s or Solid Snake’s, but it didn’t work out that way. What we do have is his first polished full-featured triple-A title since 1998’s A Time to Kill. The new game will be rated M with plenty of crude humour and testosterone-filled one-liners you can mimic until your girlfriend punches you “right in the jewels”.