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Published on May 24th, 2011 | by Ana Garcia, Editor

Duke Nukem–Finally!

It’s official: Duke Nukem Forever has “gone gold.” No more delays, no more fake-outs…the game is finally going to be hitting the shelves.

Gamers will still have to wait until June 14 to actually hold the game in their hands, but it’s a huge relief to know that the given release date won’t be pushed back any longer. Duke’s return has been anticipated since 1997, and with in-game footage being shown heavily on gaming sites and shows this year (I think back to Claptrap helping Duke make a commercial), it would have been a large disappointment to the masses had Gearbox and 2K Games required more time.

To hear that a game has “gone gold” is like hearing that a package has reached your post office, but not your front door. And it’s been quite a journey for Duke’s package. Four development studios, 15 years, and a lot of determination was what it took to finish piecing the game together.

Duke Nukem Forever and its journey to store shelves is legendary,” said George Broussard, creative director at 3D Realms. “When you play this game you will be reminded of that epic journey at every turn and in every small detail of the game.”

In case you need to see it to believe it, Duke Nukem fans can play an exclusive demo on June 3. The demo will require the First Access Club membership, which can be snagged by buying the Borderlands Game of the Year Edition for Xbox 360, PS3 or PC. You can also gain membership by securing your copy of Duke Nukem Forever, pre-ordering it from select merchants.

Yes, 15 years is a long wait for a game to be released, but knowing that it’s now good to go, the remaining wait is more tolerable. Good things come to those who wait, right?

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