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Duke Nukem Forever to be released May 31st. Preorder available on Amazon.

Submitted by: Dumpy Dooby @ 09:37 AM | Friday, January 7, 2011 | (url: http://www.amazon...)

Our Long National Nightmare Is Over? Duke Nukem Has A Release Date?

The video game Duke Nukem Forever has been a perpetual joke in video game circles. A decade ago it was already being mocked as Vaporware. At some point, Wired had to "retire" it from its annual vaporware list, giving it a "lifetime achievement award." But that was back in 2003, and after strong demand, it was added back to the list later. Finally, in 2009, we thought it had gone into permanent vaporware mode, after the developer, 3D Realms, shut down. There was a fascinating post mortem of the effort, which talked about the rather perfectionist views of 3D Realms boss, George Broussard, who kept having the team effectively start over to avoid being "behind" the state of the art.

However, Take Two got into a bit of a legal fight with what was left of 3D Realms, and finally cleared the way for Take Two to release a game called Duke Nukem Forever, though I imagine many won't feel it's the "real" Duke Nukem Forever (because that game is a myth). Either way, Peter Suderman noticed that Duke Nukem Forever actually appears to have a release date on Amazon of May 31st of this year. I'm not sure I really believe it, but considering it's not the old team involved any more, perhaps it can actually happen. Either way, in my head, Duke Nukem Forever will always be vaporware.

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Leaked Duke Nukem Forever Gameplay Video

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 09:17 AM | Monday, February 1, 2010 | (url: http://www.videog...)

The site is in german but that is where the video is embedded.


How Success Killed Duke Nukem

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 11:00 AM | Tuesday, December 22, 2009 | (url: http://www.wired....)

On the last day, they gathered for a group photo. They were videogame programmers, artists, level builders, artificial-intelligence experts. Their team was finally giving up, declaring defeat, and disbanding. So they headed down to the lobby of their building in Garland, Texas, to smile for the camera. They arranged themselves on top of their logo: a 10-foot-wide nuclear-radiation sign, inlaid in the marble floor.

To videogame fans, that logo is instantly recognizable. Its the insignia of Duke Nukem 3D, a computer game that revolutionized shoot-em-up virtual violence in 1996. Featuring a swaggering, steroidal, wisecracking hero, Duke Nukem 3D became one of the top-selling videogames ever, making its creators very wealthy and leaving fans absolutely delirious for a sequel. The team quickly began work on that sequel, Duke Nukem Forever, and it became one of the most hotly anticipated games of all time.

It was never completed. Screenshots and video snippets would leak out every few years, each time whipping fans into a lather and each time, the game would recede from view. Normally, videogames take two to four years to build; five years is considered worryingly long. But the Duke Nukem Forever team worked for 12 years straight. As one patient fan pointed out, when development on Duke Nukem Forever started, most computers were still using Windows 95, Pixar had made only one movie Toy Story and Xbox did not yet exist.

On May 6, 2009, everything ended. Drained of funds after so many years of work, the games developer, 3D Realms, told its employees to collect their stuff and put it in boxes. The next week, the company was sued for millions by its publisher for failing to finish the sequel.


3D Realms to Shut Down

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 07:19 PM | Wednesday, May 6, 2009 | (url: http://www.shackn...)

A very reliable source close to Duke Nukem Forever developer 3D Realms today confirmed to Shacknews that the company has been shut down.

The closure came about as a result of funding issues, our source explained, with the shut down said to affect both 3D Realms and the recently resurrected Apogee name. Employees of both entities have already been let go.

Phone calls and e-mails to various 3D Realms veterans have thus far gone unanswered, with publishing partner Take-Two likewise unavailable for comment.


New Duke Nukem Forever Footage

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 05:50 PM | Thursday, June 5, 2008 | (url: http://www.shackn...)

As promised, the first episode of the Jace Hall Show contains the first smidgen of gameplay footage from 3D Realms' long, long anticipated shooter Duke Nukem Forever.

The footage represents the first media to be released from the current iteration of the game since the teaser trailer was debuted last December.


Duke Nukem Forever Teaser Trailer - Quicktime HD

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 11:34 AM | Wednesday, December 19, 2007 | (url: http://www.filesh...)

As promised, first new Duke Nukem Forever video in over six years has been released. "The release is still 'when it's done,' but you can expect more frequent media releases and we're not changing engines again and we have considerable work behind us," Broussard told Shacknews. Original voice actor Jon St. John and composer Jeremy Soule involved.


Duke Nukem Forver teaser trailer coming on the 19th

Submitted by: FalseMyrmidon @ 06:43 PM | Tuesday, December 18, 2007 | (url: http://forums.3dr...)

Last Saturday we had our annual company Christmas party. It was a lot of fun as usual but it featured one special surprise. It turns out that several people had been secretly working late nights and into the wee hours of the morning preparing a special video for those at the party. They created a short teaser for Duke Nukem Forever.

After seeing the teaser we thought it was something we should share with all of you and while it's just a teaser, rest assured more is coming.

Tomorrow, Wednesday the 19th, around noon CST, we will release the first teaser trailer from Duke Nukem Forever. To tide you over until then, here is a screen shot taken from the teaser.

Thank you for being fans of the game and for your continued patience.

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