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Duke Nukem Forever's fifteen years of development are finally over. 2K Games and Gearbox Software announced today that the long-delayed shooter has gone gold and will arrive in June as planned.
3D Realms first started work on the shooter - sequel to Duke Nukem 3D - back in 1998. Most of the DNF team was laid off when 3D Realms down-sized in 2009. It seemed the game was dead but a group of former 3D Realms employees - now known as Triptych Studios - kept the project going. They then enlisted Gearbox to help finish and polish the project. Piranha Games was also brought on board to assist with the game's multiplayer component.
“Duke Nukem Forever and its journey to store shelves is legendary,” said George Broussard, 3D Realms creative director. “It's an epic tale of four game development studios that banded together and did the unthinkable and shipped the unshippable. When you play this game you will be reminded of that epic journey at every turn and in every small detail of the game. The character, attitude, interactivity, gameplay and political incorrectness combine to make a Duke Nukem game a unique gaming experience. In the timeless words of Duke Nukem it's finally time to 'Come Get Some'. Come be a part of gaming history.”
Members of the Duke Nukem First Access Club will get exclusive access to a pre-release demo on June 3rd. You can join the First Access Club by pre-ordering the game through select retailers. Alternately, you can purchase the Borderlands Game of the Year Edition.
DNF will be released on June 10th internationally. The North American launch will occur on the 14th.