It can’t be, can it?

But yes, after multiple false starts and over 13 years in development it seems as though Duke Nukem Forever will finally see the light of day.

2K Games and Gearbox have saved the game from extinction and are fully aware of how ridiculous the development time has been, judging by their press release that alludes towards pigs flying. According to them you can expect Duke Nukem Forever to hit Xbox 360, PS3 and PC in the year 2011.

Duke Nukem, the interactive entertainment industry’s most irreverent and quoted character of all time, will bring his signature brand of babe-lovin’, cigar-smoking, beer-chugging and ass-kicking action as he once again saves the Earth and our babes from hordes of invading aliens.

“All great things take time… a lot of time,” laughs Christoph Hartmann,
president of 2K. “After a hiatus from the video game world, Duke Nukem
is back and better than ever. The return of the King from the glory days
of shooters will satisfy our patient, die-hard fans, as well as a new
generation of bubble gum-chewing, flat top and shades-wearing bad-asses.
Make no mistake about it – Duke Nukem Forever is a testament to the era
of when shooters were bodacious and fun.”

To prove that they have a real game on their hands they’re brining a playable version to PAX this weekend. Nothing like getting your hands on the real thing to instill faith!

In other shocking news, Duke Nukem Forever will be playable right now
for all attendees 17 and older of this year’s Penny Arcade Expo at the
2K Booth (booth #3417), giving the first hands-on experience with the
game that was originally announced during the tail end of the Clinton

Glad that they’re not ignoring what a joke it’s become. They have more info up on the official website that doesn’t exactly exude confidence, since they’re asking for focus testers.

Duke Nukem 3D is still one of my favorite first person shooters and Gearbox is definitely a top-notch developer, though, so we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. More as we hear it!