Even after Gearbox took the reins on Duke Nukem Forever's development and let us – with our own verifiably existent hands – take it for a test drive, it was still pretty darn surreal. And come on: the hulking hero's comeback was given a vague “2011” release window. At that point, DNF may as well have bought itself a big ol' multi-story condo two inches outside of Delay City. Looks like it's time for us to eat crow while Duke chews gum and kicks ass, however, because Gearbox has finally nailed down a release date: May 3, 2011.
“When I said goodbye to 3D Realms and the original Duke Nukem 3D team in 1997 and soon after founded Gearbox Software, I never in my wildest dreams imagined that a day like today would come,” Gearbox president Randy Pitchford told Game Informer. “Today I am proud, humbled and even astounded to announce that the day is coming at last for all gamers to be a part of video game history: Duke Nukem Forever will launch worldwide this May.”
So there you have it. Or rather, you will have it – in only a few short months. And don't forget that a pre-release demo's set to lead the charge, although Gearbox still hasn't given it a concrete date just yet. Regardless, after countless ups and downs, one of gaming's longest rides is nearly at an end. Aw man, now things are feeling all surreal again. At this rate, we'll probably need to beat the game three or four times while pinching and punching ourselves before it sinks in that, yeah, DNF finally, really, irrevocably exists.