Duke Nukem Forever Delayed To June

Posted by BradNicholson (1556 posts) -

Even the best-laid plans can slip by a month or two. Duke Nukem Forever has been pushed back to a later June 14 release in North America and a June 10 release (a whopping four days earlier) elsewhere. It was supposed to hit worldwide shelves in early May, but something, obviously, got in the way of that.

What’s forcing Gearbox Software and publisher 2K’s hand in this postponement is unknown, but the reason must have been significant. Upon picking up Duke Nukem Forever, Gearbox was firm about not discussing possible release dates or launch windows for the shooter. Delays, much like engine swaps, are a legacy issue for DNF. Gearbox just wanted to make absolutely sure that whatever date was set, was the date the game would hit without a shadow of a doubt. Whoops!

At least the Texas-based developer has the right kind of attitude about all of this. In the following video, Randy Pitchford pokes some fun at himself and DNF about this delay.  
 
  

  

Duke Nukem Forever was scheduled to hit in the mid-‘90s. A couple of engine swaps, a studio closure, and more than a decade later, Borderlands developer Gearbox stepped in to piece together the game and get it out of the door. It was revealed in a playable form to the public for the first time at PAX Prime.
#1 Posted by BradNicholson (1556 posts) -

Even the best-laid plans can slip by a month or two. Duke Nukem Forever has been pushed back to a later June 14 release in North America and a June 10 release (a whopping four days earlier) elsewhere. It was supposed to hit worldwide shelves in early May, but something, obviously, got in the way of that.

What’s forcing Gearbox Software and publisher 2K’s hand in this postponement is unknown, but the reason must have been significant. Upon picking up Duke Nukem Forever, Gearbox was firm about not discussing possible release dates or launch windows for the shooter. Delays, much like engine swaps, are a legacy issue for DNF. Gearbox just wanted to make absolutely sure that whatever date was set, was the date the game would hit without a shadow of a doubt. Whoops!

At least the Texas-based developer has the right kind of attitude about all of this. In the following video, Randy Pitchford pokes some fun at himself and DNF about this delay.  
 
  

  

Duke Nukem Forever was scheduled to hit in the mid-‘90s. A couple of engine swaps, a studio closure, and more than a decade later, Borderlands developer Gearbox stepped in to piece together the game and get it out of the door. It was revealed in a playable form to the public for the first time at PAX Prime.
#2 Edited by soupbones (313 posts) -

lol - who cares.

#3 Edited by Voxatron (376 posts) -

haha, oh duke at least your consistent.

#4 Posted by DavoTron (169 posts) -

And which stupid person pre-ordered it?  
 
That's right...

#5 Posted by MrT (199 posts) -

That's awesome

#6 Posted by Seedofpower (3996 posts) -

Nice. Try to get one last delay in for old times sake.

#7 Posted by Pop (2689 posts) -

lol, I knew it, I still think it won't come out

#8 Posted by elwillow (79 posts) -

At least the video is not too serious with itself.

#9 Edited by eqaddictedfool (130 posts) -
@DavoTron said:

"And which stupid person pre-ordered it?   That's right... "


Hey im happy i preordered duke and they pushed it back. well done gearbox.
#10 Posted by EpicReflex (219 posts) -

haha

#11 Edited by Toms115 (2325 posts) -

2020 - confirmed date.
 
also: there is absolutely no way this game is going to be worth all of these delays.

#12 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11968 posts) -

What!? I am so surprised! 

#13 Posted by FlappyHands (2946 posts) -

Fucking hell. It feels like an April fools joke at this point. Eff you, DNF!

#14 Posted by TheYear20XX (434 posts) -

I'm willing to bet part of their contract for working on this game stipulates at least one delay.

#15 Posted by Meyers09 (23 posts) -

So, business as usual?

#16 Posted by CookieMonster (2496 posts) -

And so it begins... 
 
again.

#17 Posted by Nemuel (53 posts) -

Perfect publicity stunt

#18 Posted by ScaryGaryofAk (56 posts) -

This just made my day, it just shows that no matter how much chaos is going around in the world.. somethings just stay the same 

#19 Posted by Jeffk38uk (725 posts) -

Insert "delaying game to change engines" joke here. Kidding aside, if it means some more final tweaks before it finally comes out, then yay for gearbox really.

#20 Edited by Moofey (71 posts) -

This is either one of two things: 
 
1. A delay for the sake of delaying it, because that's what we know this game for. 
 
2. An April Fool's joke, despite Gearbox denying it. I mean, who puts this much effort into announcing a delay? And the fact that they go over the top with announcing it. (Then again, this is DNF after all.)  
 
This almost makes me wanna hear Brad Nicholson lose it at Anthony Burch... almost.

#21 Posted by ZeForgotten (10368 posts) -

Saw this news article coming? I did! 
Saw it coming a day ago when I read this stuff on another site. What I didn't see coming is the people who actually care. Then again I don't really know those types of people because it's the same people who giggle like little girls when the word "Cock" is mentioned. 

#22 Posted by buhssuht (457 posts) -

at this point, its a tradition to delay this game. it aint DNF without delaying it once

#23 Posted by Nick (781 posts) -

HAHA
#24 Posted by Hot_Karl (3321 posts) -

I laughed at this announcement. Even if this was just in an ironic, joking way, I agree with the delay. 
 
Either way, still buying this first day of release.

#25 Posted by Sauson (565 posts) -

Surely I'm not the only one who thinks they always had this planned out. A Duke Nukem Forever delay joke - they never get old!

#26 Posted by TadThuggish (968 posts) -

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA 
 
Fuck that dumb game.

#27 Posted by Kidavenger (3879 posts) -

I'll bet this was supposed to be an April fools joke that somebody screwed up on and posted early. 
 
The video was fairly silly and the revised release dates don't make much sense.

#28 Edited by Pkshields (826 posts) -

"No no! We can make this game awesome, We just need another month!"

#29 Posted by Pibo47 (3236 posts) -

I do not believe that DNF is a game, not until i can play through the entire game. Only then will i believe.

#30 Posted by Spiritof (2229 posts) -

DNF is coming out on April 1st.
 
I'm calling it.

#31 Posted by jozzy (2053 posts) -

"The duke never comes early" - I approve

#32 Posted by Krakn3Dfx (2704 posts) -

Wonder if L.A. Noire and Brink coming out around the same time have any bearing on this.  June seems to be a quieter month, maybe they feel like they'll get better exposure then.

#33 Posted by avantegardener (1248 posts) -

I suspect this to be PR bullshit, tip of the hat to you marketing, you win again.

#34 Posted by Impossibilium (680 posts) -

Excellent announcement.
 
Makes me want to buy it more just for the laugh.

#35 Posted by craigbo180 (1763 posts) -
@VinceNotVance said:
" I laughed at this announcement. Even if this was just in an ironic, joking way, I agree with the delay.  Either way, still buying this first day of release. "
It has to get released first.
#36 Posted by buckybit (1517 posts) -

...so what?

#37 Posted by choffy21 (1521 posts) -

Gut feeling, this is simply a publicity stunt. But maybe it's gonna be this song-and-dance again...

#38 Posted by FlipperDesert (2135 posts) -

I was hoping they would delay it for one day, that would be much funnier.

#39 Posted by 234r2we232 (3175 posts) -

Woo. 4 days earlier :)

#40 Posted by Zeemod (295 posts) -

I find this ironically amusing.

#41 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13807 posts) -

So when does the free version come for the people who got the Borderlands GOTY? 

#42 Posted by Zamir (511 posts) -

it begins, i hope that Duke Nukem Forever becomes a game that brings down developers who think they can finish and ship the game but they can't the game's code is cursed, and george broussard is always warning other's about the cursed code and george can't die until the game is finished, that would be really funny, but maybe the game is coming out on april 1st instead and this just smoke and mirrors for that

#43 Posted by benu302000 (217 posts) -

You guys don't get it. This is all part of the Duke Nukem Forever ARG we've been playing for the last decade. This is the same thing as a WoW content drop.

#44 Posted by ryanwho (12012 posts) -

I can't be the only one who thinks it was always intended to come out in June and this was just part of the plan? No? Then yall are stupid. This was part of the plan.

#45 Posted by KamikazeCaterpillar (1160 posts) -
@soupbones said:
" lol - who cares. "
Pretty much.
#46 Posted by Jimi (1148 posts) -

I'm calling troll.

#47 Posted by SSully (4656 posts) -

Shit we have been waiting for YEARS now, a month wont make a difference, right? RIGHT?!?

#48 Posted by FreakAche (3025 posts) -

Was this supposed to be a parody of that Final Fantasy XIII release date announcement?

#49 Posted by MormonWarrior (2816 posts) -

Well, it was nice knowing you Gearbox. Sorry you'll also have to go under because of DNF.

#50 Posted by JackSukeru (6102 posts) -

Funny. 
 
I do hope that, that is an actual extra month worth of polishing going into the game, fixing framerates, loadtimes and whatnot.

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