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Pitchford: Here's Why Duke is Delayed Again

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Randy Pitchford said Duke's delay stems from inaccurate predictions about the amount of time it takes to finish certain tasks within the game.

Thursday brought the sad (yet expected) news that Duke Nukem Forever would be delayed once again. However, instead of an additional thirty month wait (or a thirty year wait, depending on how you view time), gamers would only have to suffer just over an additional month. There was no real explanation, only that Duke would arrive not on May 3, but on June 14, 2011, instead.

At first, many considered the news as a hoax, a possible April Fool's joke played by Gearbox Software-- based on the game's historical development cycle-- which would be exposed on April 1, 2011. But according to numerous Twitter posts by Gearbox bossman Randy Pitchford, the delay is indeed not a joke on players.

"[The] delay was NOT planned," he admitted after floods of disappointment came rushing in through the forums and Twitter. "[The delay is] very difficult and expensive for us, but the right thing for fans. I know. It sucks and I'm sorry. There were some things that we just didn't want to cut corners on. We've already done everything we can. Nothing is getting cut because of the delay. Some things are getting better, though."

Pitchford said the alternative would've been worse for everyone. "We're doing the right thing," he said. "Lots of natural uncertainty turned out to make our earlier prediction [about task completion and difficulty] not accurate. Best to face it ASAP rather than too late. We've got about 50 – 60 certification and "A" bugs left in the database, which is about right for where we are."

Pitchford even went so far as to admitting that the delay was not due to censoring Capture the Babe. "It'll ship," he said after taking full responsibility for the game's brief delay. "We'll announce the demo date for the First Access Club Members as soon as we can. Shouldn't be long now."

Later he said that gamers should expect to hear more news about the demo before May. He also admitted there will be no mod tools shipping with the game. "We love the idea of that and have done that in the past," he said. "We’ll see."

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    ssalim , March 25, 2011 3:24 PM,news-10584.html
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    hoofhearted , March 25, 2011 3:26 PM
    Capture the Babe! Woohoo :D 
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    C 64 , March 25, 2011 3:27 PM
    Just one more month of delay..... At my age I heard this so many times I lost count of it.

    Maybe the title of the article should read: Duke Nukem delayed forever again.
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    mayne92 , March 25, 2011 3:33 PM
    ssalim [...] 10584.html

    Wow, that was fn funny! I am so pissed from another delay but that clip made my day...!!!
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    rollerdisco , March 25, 2011 3:40 PM
    You know, i was excited about this game, and was going to buy it. But screw it, no way! Just out of principle, would i buy it.
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    Spanky Deluxe , March 25, 2011 3:42 PM
    I can hardly believe it's been 15 years since I first said "man, I can't wait until the release Duke Nukem 3D 2 or whatever they call it". I still can't wait to play this game. I'm hoping the fiancée will go stay with her sister or something on release day so that I can order pizza and revert back to my 12 year old virgin self and throw money at the strippers in the game like there's no tomorrow.
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    rollerdisco , March 25, 2011 3:42 PM
    You know, i was excited about this game, and was going to buy it. But screw it, no way! Just out of principle, i wouldn't buy it.
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    mp562 , March 25, 2011 3:42 PM
    Wow, what a shocker...not !
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    PudgyChicken , March 25, 2011 3:50 PM
    Wow. Old news.
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    SirGCal , March 25, 2011 3:58 PM
    DN Forever, takes Forever... At least it's properly named...
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    amstech , March 25, 2011 4:05 PM
    Its the right decision.
    I'd rather wait for a good game with actual effort to make a good finished product then play rushed title to quench the thirst of 14 year old xbox kiddies.
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    Anonymous , March 25, 2011 4:20 PM
    "Babe-Slapping Mode"? Tell Walmart to refuse to sell sexist "Duke Nukem Forever" video game:
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    JohnnyLucky , March 25, 2011 4:22 PM
    maybe Tom's Hardware should have a contest. People would have to guess how many more delays before Duke Nukem is released. The only problem there would be no contest ending date.
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    sceen311 , March 25, 2011 4:24 PM
    Seriously, toms Duke Nukem being delayed is more of a joke then any kind of actual news. This is worst then reading a slew of news about apples products. Just Let me know when it's released or there is a playable demo!
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    RipperjackAU , March 25, 2011 4:49 PM
    Announcing a delay to Duke Nuken Forever (DNF i.e. Did Not Finish) is like picking on the retarded kid. After a while its no longer funny, its just plain sad.
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    kd0frg , March 25, 2011 5:06 PM
    Maybe instead of having duke slap the babe, he could maybe shake her a little instead with a kind of "snap out of it" attitude. If not though, perhaps they could even the playing field a little and have her go "how dare you!" and slap him back making your camera view rattle back and forth haha. Just some alternative ideas :) 
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    utengineer , March 25, 2011 5:10 PM
    GamerFeminist"Babe-Slapping Mode"? Tell Walmart to refuse to sell sexist "Duke Nukem Forever" video game: [...] f&opt_fb=t

    Sorry, if the kids cannot buy it at Walmart, then they will just go pirate the game. You are picking your battle, but causing another.
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    BulkZerker , March 25, 2011 5:15 PM
    Kids that buy their games at walmart don't even know how to torrent, letalone burn anything other than music.
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    borisof007 , March 25, 2011 5:18 PM
    Hey, at least if you're used to Blizzard and Valve's games, this isn't that bad at all.
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    blader15sk8 , March 25, 2011 5:21 PM
    borisof007Hey, at least if you're used to Blizzard and Valve's games, this isn't that bad at all.

    Blizzard and Valve have nothing on Duke Nukem in terms of delays, lol.

    Does anyone even care about Duke Nukem anymore? It probably won't even feel like the same game considering it is a completely different team working on it. It will end up flopping like Perfect Dark Zero.
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