‘Duke Nukem Forever’ – a game most famous for being in development longer than it took ‘The Beatles’ to form, write and record 13 albums and then break up – is finally coming out. Well, hopefully it’s coming out. Though the game is now being created by the people at Gearbox, it’s been delayed yet again.
There’s been a great deal of speculation as to what the folks at 3D Realms were actually doing when they were supposed to be making a sequel to a hit videogame. The one thing they definitely weren’t doing was creating a game. Since its announcement in 1997, the title has been pushed back again and again.
Once the folks at Gearbox got their hands on it, all of this delay silliness was supposed to end. It looks like even Gearbox isn’t immune to the delays, though. The game has now been pushed back from a May 3rd release to June 14th.
The announcement came in the form of a video starring Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford. In the video, Pitchford talks up the game and then is surprised by a ship date change. It’s a cute way to reveal the move and poke fun at the game’s legacy at the same time.
This isn’t going to be like those 3D Realms delays of old. The game is coming. I’ve seen it with my own eyes, and there’s no question that it’s ready. In fact, the game looked so close to completion at PAX that a little part of me is wondering if the final delay is a sort of joke on the fans.
It wouldn’t make sense from a marketing perspective, but if Gearbox took over ‘Duke Nukem Forever’ and released it without a single delay, it wouldn’t really feel like ‘Duke Nukem Forever’.