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Duke Nukem Forever Demo Drops June 3 (If You Pre-Order)

We still won't believe it's happening until the game shows up. Even then...

Ah, the good old days, Duke.

Duke Nukem Forever is still a thing and it's a thing that is apparently actually happening.

Apparently.

Gearbox Software, the studio that picked up the pieces after 3D Realms imploded, has been promising a Duke Nukem Forever demo for a while now, and finally announced the details.

The playable demo finally arrives on June 3 but only if you've pre-ordered the game, which grants you access to what the studio is calling "The First Access Club." Here in the US, Amazon and GameStop are the retailers handing out the codes needed to be first in line for Duke Nukem Forever's demo.

In all likelyhood the demo will become available for everyone else soon after. I've pinged the game's publisher, 2K Games, to find our when, if and how that will happen.

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Posted by patrickklepek
Ah, the good old days, Duke.

Duke Nukem Forever is still a thing and it's a thing that is apparently actually happening.

Apparently.

Gearbox Software, the studio that picked up the pieces after 3D Realms imploded, has been promising a Duke Nukem Forever demo for a while now, and finally announced the details.

The playable demo finally arrives on June 3 but only if you've pre-ordered the game, which grants you access to what the studio is calling "The First Access Club." Here in the US, Amazon and GameStop are the retailers handing out the codes needed to be first in line for Duke Nukem Forever's demo.

In all likelyhood the demo will become available for everyone else soon after. I've pinged the game's publisher, 2K Games, to find our when, if and how that will happen.

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Posted by Ramboknife

Right on.

Posted by Aronman789

Always bet on Duke.

Posted by AuthenticM

Also, if you have the Game of the Year edition of Borderlands, you have a code.

Posted by sagesebas

They should honestly open this up to everyone, what good does that bullshit do?

Posted by MeatSim

I will wait until the demo is available to everyone.

Posted by JoshyLee

How effective will this demo be if you can only play it AFTER buying the game?

Posted by crit1cal

This demo is going to make some people very happy.

Posted by jNerd

How fucking stupid. We should've had this demo MONTHS AGO. I reserved the "Balls of Steel Ed" & I'm happy I did. But Gearbox dropped the ball on the "First Bullshit Club".

Posted by amorbis

I think they've lost sight of what a demo is.

Posted by MjHealy

I feel like I have to buy Duke Nukem just for historical sake.

Posted by Jumbs

So there's a demo if you own the game? What's the point. The game looks bad, but I'm willing to give it a shot - but now I'll have to wait till after the game comes out to see if I want it, and they lose their "DAY ONE SALESSSSS"

Edited by wolf_blitzer85
@AuthenticM said:

Also, if you have the Game of the Year edition of Borderlands, you have a code.

Also for those that bought the original Borderlands on PC off Steam (not sure if it was preorder only) should also have access to the demo when it drops as well. To see if you have it, just right click on the game in Steam and check the CD keys. It should be listed there.

Oh and preordering for a demo is fucking dumb.
Posted by ds8k

Anybody that had Borderlands on Steam also received a First Access code.

Posted by Droop

What. Why would you want a demo if you pre-order?

Posted by thegoldencat7

 

See if you want to buy the game by comitting to buy the game. Marvellous.

Posted by leebmx
@Droop said:
What. Why would you want a demo if you pre-order?
This.
Edited by smitty86

This logic still makes no sense. How has someone not figured this out yet? I mean this is a clear "Yo dawg..." game in a game type of logic.

Posted by bybeach


I do not see the sense of this,either. And I do not mindlessly bet on anybody, at least when it really isn't funny any more to do so. I already have a fair idea how this game is going to be.

 

Still I, unless they really crap it up, will get this game.

Posted by spiceninja

It's not just for pre-orders. If you bought the GOTY edition of Borderlands and used the First Access code included with it you also get the demo the same day.

Posted by buhssuht

that just defeats the whole purpose of the demo, i mean shouldn't demo be out there so it kinda can convince people who're on the fence to like it and buy it?

Posted by PhatSeeJay

And here I thought it was for the Borderlands GOTY users ONLY but hey! Guess it was to be expected they would say eff that to that idea in the end.

Posted by JoyfullOFrockets

Sweet little Borderlands GOTY, I love you so much.

Edited by MordeaniisChaos

Please add that you can get access to the demo if you own the Borderlands GOTY edition. It's not just pre-order, because that would be stupid. They want people to actually try this game.

Also, I think it's timed exclusive, and on the launch of the game the demo will be released. They said that when they first announced it would be available through the Borderlands GOTY.

Posted by JMitch

It's so dumb why you give the demo to people who have already preordered the game..... They are already buying it... You should be going after those who may only purchase after trying the game

Posted by granderojo

I'm glad Gearbox worked out the kerfuffle with steam, and you can preorder it there. I wasn't going to pre-order until it came to steam.

Posted by skadave

I am no marketing genius but I would think that you would want to get out the demo to the most amount of people possible. I could see restricting a beta for pre-orders but a demo is just foolish.

Posted by NekuCTR

Gearbox Studios: -10 respect points

Posted by Kombat

Does this apply if you've pre-ordered through Amazon, or do I have to walk into the perpetual garbage heap that is GameStop and hand them my cash? Because that second one isn't going to happen.

Edited by Winsord

You also get access if you bought Borderlands on the PC. The CD Key provided in Steam is actually the Duke Nukem First Access code. Just right click on Borderlands in your Steam library, choose "View game CD key" and then head over the the Duke site. This is not the Game of the Year edition only; it is for all copies of Borderlands purchased through Steam, and possibly other services.

Posted by Little_Socrates
@AuthenticM said:
Also, if you have the Game of the Year edition of Borderlands, you have a code.
Was gonna say...
Posted by Absolute_Zero
@PlasmaBeam44
It's not just for pre-orders. If you bought the GOTY edition of Borderlands and used the First Access code included with it you also get the demo the same day.
This. Hopefully Patrick adds that to the article, so people can parrot with ALL the information. I mean, there was an article (on this site) that said the same thing*. But I guess people try to forget it since it was written by Nicholson.

*Link: http://www.giantbomb.com/news/buy-borderlands-goty-get-duke-nukem-forever-demo/2609/
Posted by JamesKond

Good thing I bought Borderlands on steam (which gets you the key GOTY Edition or no) :)

Posted by Death_Unicorn

Man, this is a game that I'm on the brink about. I would love to play a demo in order to see if I want to lay down sixty dollars, not the other way around...

Posted by VoshiNova

Trying my best to get hyped for this. No can do though

Posted by karatetron

Hey you guys, how often should I bet on Duke?

Posted by darkvare

ok gearbox it was a good running joke but its time to drop it and start rolling the borderlands 2 info hahaha we all had a laugh now borderlands 2 please

Edited by Dezinus

Man that DNF logo from 2001 was badass. The new one is so goddamn boring.

Also the whole preorder demo thing is years-old at this point. People who are hyped enough to preorder get to play it sooner, and people who want to try it can get it a few weeks later. Perfectly rational.

Posted by bartok

That is retarded.  Like many others have already stated.  The point of a demo is to determine whether or not you want the fucking game.

Posted by Kruddman

Yeah! on my birthday!

Posted by Xymox

These words do NOT compute. I'm sorry, but there's something about those words that just don't go together. Duke + Nukem + Forever + Demo

Edited by Delusibeta

How to get a First Access code: Do one of the following:

  1. Own Borderlands on Steam before the First Access scheme was announced.
  2. Buy Borderlands GotY Edition for any format.
  3. Pre-order Duke Nukem Forever.
I don't really see the problem. We already knew that the demo was going to be limited, at least initially.
Posted by EeTMeeL

If it were a multiplayer demo, that would be worth it.  I want to see this multiplayer that has everyone up on their soapboxes.

Posted by blueaniman93

So I need to buy the game to try out the game.... great, thanks 2K.

Posted by modeps

The demo at PAX East was terrible. Awful game.

Posted by Jolt92

What a load of shit. Give me the demo so I can decide if I want it or not. I'm not gonna pre-order something.

Posted by chefmcduck

Boobs and bullets. Yes.
Demo after already committing to purchase game. No.

Posted by wrecks

Preorder Demo... That's like Jumbo Shrimp.

Posted by stonepawfox

it's really sad how people are so excited for such an overtly sexist game. duke nukem 3d was sexist but the degree of difference between the two titles is staggering. at least duke 3d was toned down aside from the occasional stripper, it was more about shooting aliens. this game seems entirely devoted to enforcing hateful ideas about women in lieu of actual creativity or good gameplay/plot ideas. i can't believe that in this day and age gearbox finds it acceptable to create a game that is so patently offensive towards women and seems so proud of themselves about it. i've completely lost any respect for them and won't be purchasing any of their products. neither should any of you.

Posted by VicRattlehead

dont understand giving a demo to people who are already going to buy the game... completely defeats the purpose of it

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