Wha? “Duke Nukem Forever” gets launch date

I’m new to this blog and writing about video games in general, but given that today’s date is not April 1, I’m going to go ahead and act under the assumption that 2K Games is not joking today in its announcement of a May 3 launch date for “Duke Nukem Forever.”

That’s May 3 in North America. The rest of the world has to wait three additional days before getting a chance to pay actual money for what may indeed be an actual game. The game is set to be released for XBox 360, PS3 and PC.

Allegedly.

From the press release:

Put on your shades and prepare to step into the boots of Duke Nukem, whose
legend has reached epic proportions in the years since his last
adventure. The alien hordes are invading and only Duke can save the
world. Pig cops, alien shrink rays and enormous alien bosses can’t stop
our hero from accomplishing his one and only goal: to save the world,
save the babes and to be a bad-ass while doing it. The King arrives with
an arsenal of over-the-top weapons, non-stop action, and unprecedented
levels of interactivity. This game puts the pedal to the metal and
tongue firmly in cheek. Shoot hoops, lift weights, read adult magazines,
draw crude messages on whiteboards or ogle the many hot women that
occupy Duke’s life – that is if you can pull yourself away long enough
from destroying alien invaders. Duke Nukem was and will forever be a gaming icon, and this is his legend.

The long story of Duke Nukem Forever’s banishment to development hell – or perhaps more accurately, development purgatory, is in itself the stuff of near legend. Check the link if you want to read details, but it’s probably enough to note here that gamers are just now getting a launch date for a title that was first announced back in 1997.

The year 1997, for those who remember or care, was back when Bill Clinton was president, when Notorious B.I.G. was murdered and continued to rule MTV, when “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” made its television debut, when “The Simpsons” was still funny and when this writer was still in high school. It was, in the parlance of those times, “back in the day.”

In video game time, 1997 was a year before the XBox console existed, a year when Sega still made consoles and the year when the Fallout, Gran Turismo, Grand Theft Auto and Age of Empires franchises made their debuts.

After more than a decade, 2K Games and Gearbox Software say Duke Nukem Forever will be out in May. There’s even a NSFW trailer with profanity, violence and blurred T & A.

Readers are supposed to be 18 to watch it. That means a baby born in 1997 would still have to wait four years to play the game, assuming strict observance of ESRB ratings.