It has been a 15-year wait but soon, the wait will be over. Duke Nukem Forever will be launching in Singapore on 10 June 2011 on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC. This afternoon, VR-Zone was one of the media who was invited for a special preview of this highly-anticipated game.
Randy Pitchford, president and CEO of Gearbox Software, said that before he founded the company, the first job as a professional game maker in the industry was with 3D Realms and working on Duke Nukem 3D.
"First announced in 1997, we saw screenshots and trailers in 1998, then we were told that the game was going to be delayed, changing engine and we started to question whether we would ever going to see the game again. Then there was a trailer in 2001, and it was incredible and we believed again. And later, more time went on and we were like 'what's wrong with you people? You can't even finish this thing'. And it seems to take forever. It's like we want the game, but it's not going to come out."
"In fact, Duke Nukem Forever is now in the history of all video games, the longest in development. There is no story like it. It is a crazy story, not just the game itself but the development of it. We thought there is going to be a sad ending. It was May 2009, you probably heard the news, that 3D Realms have run out of funding and they have to close their studio and lay off all the development team. And that the game was over and that Duke Nukem was dead. That was the story. It was a terrible story. It needs a better ending. Duke Nukem was one of the greatest games ever made. And when Duke needed us, I called up my old friends, George Broussard and Scott Miller, the guys that own 3D Realms, and offer our help. They agreed to sell Duke Nukem to me. Gearbox was able to acquire Duke Nukem and we took over the development of Duke Nukem Forever."
Pitchford later goes on and talk abt the hero, the king, Duke Nukem and also the plot of the upcoming game.
"This game, the story takes place twelve years after Duke Nukem saved the world. And he is living the life of a hero. Not only is he famous in his universe, but he is very successful. He takes the Duke Nukem name and make a brand out of it, merchandizes himself. Duke has restaurants called 'Duke Burger', whole line of apparels. The guy has also lived a wild life doing things none of us ever have the chance to do – walk on the moon, won world series of Poker with huge stacks of money, climbed Mount Everest etc. With all his fame and success, he's enjoying himself. He's built a casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The largest and most luxurious casino and Duke lives on the top floor, the penthouse suite. It is in this apartment we rejoin Duke twelve years after he saved the world. And Duke, in his apartment, is finally playing his own video game. It took twelve years to get his own video game! And when Duke is enjoying his life, playing his own video game that the aliens come back. Duke has to single-handedly, once again, save the world."
There was hands-on session for the media on the game (beta) though unfortunately, we weren't able to take photos on this. We can only say that the game play and visuals are great. Duke Nukem Forever will go on retail in Singapore on 10 June on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles, and Windows PC.
The standard edition is priced at S$84.90 for the PlayStation 3, S$71.90 for the Xbox 360, and S$61.90 for the PC. The Balls of Steel Limited Edition is priced at S$128 for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and S$108 for the PC. You can check out the official Duke Nukem Forever website at – www.dukenukemforever.com