Duke Nukem Forever goes gold

After a turbulent development process plagued by countless delays dating back to 1997, 2K’s revealed that Duke Nukem Forever has finally gone gold and is on track for its release early next month.

Having been pushed back from its initial launch window of May 2011, everyone’s favourite bubble-gum chewing, alien arse-kicker is set to invade stores internationally on June 10, followed by a U.S. launch on June 14.

“Always bet on Duke, I did,” commented Randy Pitchford, CEO of Gearbox Software.

“I bet on all of the developers who have ever been a part of this legendary project and I bet that none of us want to live in a world without the Duke. I’ve played the final game and it is an incredible experience – a once-in-a-lifetime opus of interactive entertainment that reminds me once again why Duke Nukem is our King.”

“The developers of Duke Nukem Forever at 3D Realms, Triptych, Piranha and finally at Gearbox deserve our thanks and respect for never giving up and have truly shown us that they have balls of steel!”

2K president Christophe Hartmann added:  “Duke Nukem Forever is the game that was once thought to be unshippable, and yet here we are, on the precipice of history.”

“When you play this game you will be reminded of that epic journey at every turn and in every small detail of the game,” offered George Broussard, creative director at 3DRealms.

“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.”

Excited for the Duke’s big comeback yet? Pop on over to our hands-on preview to find out what to expect.