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My Breath, I'm Not Holding It: Duke Nukem Forever Actually Being Released Next Year?

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Duke Nukem Forever, the game that was never meant to be, is allegedly back in development and on track for a 2011 release for PC, XBox and PS3. Wait a minute -- is it April 1st already?

Take Two Interactive Software pulled off one of the video game world's biggest surprises Friday, announcing not only that the over-a-decade-in-development first person shooter was nearly finished, but backing that claim up by giving the 150,000 people attending the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle the chance to play the game.


And while 3D Realms is no more, Gearbox Software, the studio behind "Borderlands" and "Brothers in Arms" (and staffed with a number of former 3DR employees), has taken over development on the game.

"Gearbox has enabled die-hard key Duke Nukem franchise builders and skilled veteran game makers to stand together and deliver," said Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software. "All gamers deserve a happy ending and after all of us gamers feeling the full range of emotions about Duke Nukem Forever, I am thrilled to be in a position with the trust, power and means to make it happen."

Amazing. I'm really curious to see how everything pans out. Because at this point I don't believe it. Like I believe t I could plant mushrooms in my ass and gnomes would take up residence before Duke Nukem comes out. Seriously, this game's development has became a case study in watching a bunch of grown-ass men trying to jam a square peg into a round hole. "Just keep shaving the corners, boys -- we've got this shit!"

Surprise! Duke Nukem Forever uncanceled, playable at PAX [pluggedin]

Thanks to David, Bluness, Gregatron Surtrax, soundwave and Mark, who really have their hopes up which is awesome because I love watching dreams get crushed.

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