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Duke Nukem Forever delayed to June 14

Duke Nukem Forever is still coming, after 14 years of development. But it's apparently not coming on May 3 anymore. In a new trailer (which you can see after the jump) Gearbox Software's Randy Pitchford is pretty much blindsided with the reveal that the long awaited first person shooter is now due for release on June 14 in the US (with a June 10 release date in other parts of the world).

While no reason was given for the delay we actually think this is a good thing since Duke Nukem Forever was originally being released in a very crowded month of May for new game releases, especially for first person shooters (both Brink and F.E.A.R. 3 are also due out that month). The new June date will be relatively free of new game releases.

GoG.com adds Space Rangers 2; Apogee weekend sale begins Friday

The DRM-free web site GoG.com has added another game to its library of PC titles. This time it's the 2006 released Space Rangers 2 from Russian developer Elemental Games and publisher 1C Company. The space-based game which combined elemental of 4X space strategy games with RTS and space shooter elements, is now on sale for $9.99 at GoG.com

In addition, GoG.com sends over word that it will be holding a sale beginning Friday of all the games from Apogee Software, including Duke Nukem 3D. The games will be on sale for 20 percent each or all in one bundle for 50 percent off until Monday.

Duke Nukem Forever gets official reveal trailer and PC box art

Are you ready to see actual gameplay footage from Duke Nukem Forever that doesn't come from a ShakyCam demo presentation? Then look no further than here, baby. Developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K Games have finally released the first official trailer for the long awaited first person shooter since the game's original developer 3D Realms released a trailer for the game way back in 2001 - yep, that's 10 years ago.

Even though there are some "parts" of this trailer that are pixelated for your pleasure, we would still label this video as NSFW. But it's still pretty awesome. You can also check out the official PC box art to the game, featuring Duke enjoying the fact that he's Duke Nukem and you're not, after the jump. May 3, 2011 can't come soon enough for us.

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Duke Nukem Forever to be released on May 3 ... really!

In just a few months, the game with perhaps the longest development time in history will finally be released. Game Informer has posted up word that Duke Nukem Forever will be released by developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K Games on May 3 in North America. Europeans and the rest of the world will be able to get the game on May 6.

The first person shooter started development at 3D Realms way back in 1997 and was in continuous development at that developer until 2009 when a legal dispute between the developer and 2K Games caused 3D Realms to dismiss its internal development staff. The dispute was settled in 2010 and Gearbox Software got the rights to continue the game's development as well as the IP for the Duke Nukem franchise. But will the 14 year wait for this game be worth it?

Interview: We chat with Gearbox's Randy Pitchford about Duke Nukem Forever

Many people thought that Gearbox Software's follow-up to its acclaimed FPS-RPG hybrid game Borderlands would be a sequel. Some people thought that we would hear more about the long dormant Aliens Colonial Marines game. But no one expected that Gearbox would step up this past summer and announce plans to take over from 3D Realms to finish off the near-legendary game project Duke Nukem Forever.

Yet that's exactly what happened. Following internet rumors earlier this past summer, Gearbox revealed that it was the new developer behind the 13 + year old first person shooter at PAX last September. Gearbox also revealed that it owns the Duke Nukem franchise outright. While the team is still keeping a lot of things about its version of the game under wraps, Big Download got Gearbox's founder and head man Randy Pitchford to talk a little bit more about the game and other topics.

Duke Nukem 3D Unreal Engine remake project gets web site and title

You may remember that a group of mod makers wanted to create a Unreal Engine 3-based remake of the original Duke Nukem 3D first person shooter That group, Interceptor Studios, in fact got permission back in October to go ahead with the project from Duke Nukem's new IP owners Gearbox Software. Now the team has moved on, launching a very professional looking web site.

The site has a number of concept art pieces for the UDK-based remake along with a podcast with several team members, openings for several more openings and a call for donations to support the game's development. Most importantly the remake has a proper name, Duke Nukem 3D Reloaded. Hopefully this project won't take as long as the original game's sequel Duke Nukem Forever.

[Via VG247.com]

Duke Nukem 3D Unreal Engine 3 fan remake gets official blessing

With Gearbox Software taking over the development of Duke Nukem Forever, some enterprising free game makers have been thinking about doing an UDK remake of the last game in the shooter series, Duke Nukem 3D, Now it looks like Gearbox, the new owners of the franchise, have given the team its official blessing.

The official Gearbox message boards is apparently the official location for this project which is being called Duke Nukem Next Gen. The team got a "personal non-commercial license" from Gearbox in order to work on the project. Of course now the team has to do the hard part; actually making it. You can check out a very early gameplay trailer after the jump:

Duke Nukem Forever demo coming for gamers outside of new Borderlands collection

This week Borderlands Game of the Year Edition ships to stores and as we reported last week people who buy this collection of Gearbox Software's first person shooter and all four DLC mini-expansions will also get first access to the long awaited free Duke Nukem Forever demo.

But if you want to play the demo but don't want to purchase the new Borderlands collection to get it (most likely because you already own the game and the four DLC packs), don't fret. According to what Gearbox's Steve Gibson told Digital Spy the Duke Nukem Forever demo "... is going to go out to everybody, yeah." He adds, "We want to - I don't want to spoil the surprise - but I think it's going to be fun and people are going to be surprised at what we put in there and what happens with it." The demo to the long, long, long awaited game should be released before the full game comes out sometime in 2011.

[Via Eurogamer]

Duke Nukem 3D mod project in Unreal Engine 3 revealed

Duke Nukem Forever is taking, well, almost forever to complete but the game's new owners Gearbox Software have promised that the long awaited first person shooter is coming out sometime in 2011. But now word comes that a mod maker wants to remake the previous game in the series, Duke Nukem 3D, in Unreal Engine 3 which is the same engine that Duke Nukem Forever is using as its basis.

A post on Gearbox's Duke Nukem Forever message boards shows off some impressive looking level remake screenshots from the mod project (no gameplay yet). What's not clear is if Gearbox, the new owners of the Duke Nukem franchise, will allow this mod remake of Duke Nukem 3D to go forward.

[Via Destructoid]

Duke Nukem franchise now owned by Gearbox Software

While the official Duke Nukem Forever web site pretty much gave away this fact on Friday with its trademark fine print at the bottom, today Gearbox Software made it official. The developer formed by a number of ex-3D Realms employees announced in a press release and at its PAX Prime 2010 panel on Sunday night that it has now acquired the Duke Nukem franchise and IP from 3D Realms. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Naturally these rights include the revived Duke Nukem Forever first person shooter game which Gearbox is now in charge of completing after over 13 years in development. 3D Realms' co-founders Scott Miller and George Broussard have given their blessings for this deal with Broussard stating, "Gearbox was the only home appropriate for the Duke Nukem brand." The big question: with its most lucrative brand now sold off to Gearbox, what is the future going to be like for 3D Realms as a company?


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