Duke is still on his way, but he’s decided that spring isn’t really his thing.
Duke Nukem Forever has been in development for more than a decade, so a few extra weeks tacked on to the end of its development cycle can’t hurt, right? That seems to be what’s running through Gearbox’s mind, as it has pushed back the release of the game from early May to mid-June.
In a video message, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford humorously announced the delay, hyping up the fact that the “unreleasable” game was finally coming out, and then acting surprised when someone changed the date on the promotional stand behind him. He even quipped that people should stop joking around, as it wasn’t April Fool’s Day yet. Gearbox didn’t give a reason for the delay in the video, but it’s presumably so that the studio can get in some last minute tweaks and bug fixes. The new release date for the game is June 14th in North America, and June 10th for the rest of the world.
There’s so much anticipation around Duke Nukem Forever – an unavoidable side effect of being a high profile game with a 14 year development cycle – that this new delay is sure to be a source of frustration for a lot of people. Of course, until Gearbox started working on the game in 2010, it didn’t look like it was coming out at all, so it’s hard to get too annoyed by it. We’ve shot Gearbox an email asking about the cause of the delay, and will update if we hear anything back.
Source: PC Gamer