Duke Nukem Forever goes gold

"Always bet on Duke," says Pitchford.

Duke Nukem Forever has gone gold, 2K Games has announced.

In the good old days, when men were men, games went "gold" when the developer produced a "gold master" disc ready for mass duplication.

In other words, Duke Nukem Forever is finished and ready for release - a momentous occasion in the 15-year development of Duke Nukem takes Forever.

"Duke Nukem Forever and its journey to store shelves is legendary," said George Broussard, creative director of Duke Nukem birther 3D Realms. "It's an epic tale of four game development studios that banded together and did the unthinkable and shipped the unshippable. In the timeless words of Duke Nukem it's finally time to 'Come Get Some'. Come be a part of gaming history."

Randy Pitchford, boss of Duke Nukem IP saviour Gearbox Software, added: "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."

A Duke Nukem Forever demo will be offered to First Access Club members on 3rd June. Join their ranks by pre-ordering DNF or by purchasing Borderlands Game of the Year Edition.

Duke Nukem Forever arrives in full on 10th June in Europe and 14th June in the US. Will the game be more than a self parody? We wait with bated breath to find out.

Duke Nukem Forever.

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