Duke Nukem Forever Goes Gold
Title officially goes gold after 15 years of development.
Duke Nukem Forever has gone gold according to publisher 2K Games. "Going gold" means development on a title has officially ended and the game is being sent to plants for production.
"Duke Nukem Forever is the game that was once thought to be unshipppable, and yet here we are, on the precipice of history," said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. "Today marks an amazing day in the annals of gaming lore, the day where the legend of Duke Nukem Forever is finally complete and it takes that final step towards becoming a reality."
The title has been in development for nearly 15 years going through various development cycles in the process.
"Duke Nukem Forever and its journey to store shelves is legendary," said George Broussard, creative director at 3D Realms. "It's an epic tale of four game development studios that banded together and did the unthinkable and shipped the unshipppable. 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."
The project was considered dead by many in 2009 after financial difficulties at 3D Realms forced the studio to layoff the development team working on the game. A lawsuit from publisher 2K Games followed and was put to rest after developer Gearbox Software acquired the IP and development resumed with the aid of Triptych Games (formed by ex 3D Realms employees following the layoffs) and Piranha Games, 3D Realms also provided support.
"Always bet on Duke, I did," said Randy Pitchford, president 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!"
Duke Nukem Forever will release on June 10, 2011 will most territories excluding North America where it will release on June 14, 2011. The game will ship for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.