No joke: Duke Nukem Forever goes gold

Duke Nukem Forever, the game that’s been in development for 15 years and one that many believed would never, ever be released, is done, finished, sent off to the presses.

To honor the occasion, publisher 2K’s president Christoph Hartmann has a few words: “Duke Nukem Forever is the game that was once thought to be unshippable, and yet here we are, on the precipice of history. Today marks an amazing day in the annals of gaming lore, the day where the legend of Duke Nukem Forever is finally complete and it takes that final step towards becoming a reality.”

Gearbox man Randy Pitchford adds: “Always bet on Duke, I did.

“I bet on all of the developers who have ever been a part of this legendary project and I bet that none of us want to live in a world without the Duke. I’ve played the final game and it is an incredible experience – a once-in-a-lifetime opus of interactive entertainment that reminds me once again why Duke Nukem is our King.

“The developers of Duke Nukem Forever at 3D Realms, Triptych, Piranha and finally at Gearbox deserve our thanks and respect for never giving up and have truly shown us that they have balls of steel.”

This is truly it then; the game will be available on June 10th internationally, June 14th in North America. The first access demo will be available next Friday.