Duke Nukem Forever is back. Again.

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When I first heard the rumour that Gearbox Software were planning on finishing off the financially abandoned Duke Nukem Forever, I figured it was nothing more than a joke. As cool as it would be to play a game that’s been in development for almost half my life I didn’t expect anyone to pick up the franchise after the closure of 3D Realms. But Gearbox have only gone and done just that and Duke Nukem Forever is officially back on again with 2K as the publisher. Announced at PAX a few hours ago, gamers got to try it out for themselves just to prove it is indeed happening and at the same time, Gearbox founder Randy Pitchford’s chat with the Wall Street Journal (via 1up) went live.

Despite the ongoing lack of a firm release date, Pitchford told WSJ that Duke Nukem Forever is only being “polished” and that Gearbox had pieced together what 3D Realms had left behind adding “It’s the game it was meant to be.” Word is that it’s coming this year but I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard that. The captured live stream above looks interesting but Duke Nukem Forever has a hell of a lot to live up to and may fall victim to its own hype. We may find out later this year. Or next year. Or the year after, who knows.

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