Duke Nukem Forever to Finally Ship Year Before World Ends

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Everyone knows the world ends in 2012, so why not send if off in style, kicking butt and chewing bubble gum? You do still chew bubble gum, don't you?

That's right, Duke Nukem Forever will finally be with us, for better or worse, on May 3, 2011 (May 6, 2011 worldwide). Publisher 2K Games and pinch-developer Gearbox Software (Borderlands, Brothers in Arms) announced the date this morning. The presumably irreverent first-person shooter will ship simultaneously for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PCs.

Is it really "the moment fans all over the world have been for"? I think we're all a little sour on Duke these days, given 3D Realms' monumental failure to bring a sequel to market in anything like a timely fashion.

The only thing weirder than 3D Realms' inability to capitalize on killer IP has been everyone else's inability to. How many first-person shooters the last decade or so have the kind of zany combat antics (like shrink rays, foot-stomps-of-death, and freeze rays) that Duke Nukem 3D did?

Anyway. Check out the new trailer, which I'd call kind-of-safe-for-work (depending).

What else. The press release confirms all the stuff you'd expect from a proper Duke Nukem game. Like: Invading alien hordes, pig cops, alien shrink rays, mammoth alien bosses, women in distress, naked pole-dancers, adult magazines, whiteboards you can doodle on, outlandish weapons, and other forms of bad-assery. Yep, welcome back to gaming-as-juvenile-pasttime.

2K Games says to expect a demo at some point. If you want it early, you'll have to join the Duke Nukem Forever First Access Club, which means spending extra cash up front: The access codes are only available in Gearbox's Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition.

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