Alright, so we've seen "showings" of Duke Nukem Forever before--new screenshots and videos that seemingly promised that the game's launch date was just around the corner. That's how the game was saved from becoming 100-percent vaporware--by offering fans a taste of actual gameplay.
But all that came crashing down when 3D Realms disbanded last year. The game went under lock and key, entering development limbo after residing in the hands of its creators for over ten years. It was uncertain if the infamous "project" would ever see the light of day again.
However last month brought rumors that Gearbox had taken over the Duke Nukem Forever project, adding to the studio's other Duke-related project, Duke Begins. Gearbox bossman Randy Pitchford apparently also hinted that something big was coming to the PAX 2010 event.
Thursday night publisher 2K Games echoed Pitchford's hint, teasing that "something big is going to happen at the 2K Games Booth this PAX." The comment can also be found on 2K Game's USTREAM page, ready for Friday's PAX 2010 video stream. The event takes place at 10AM PST / 1PM EST.
With that said, Duke Nukem Forever is rumored to be the big PAX 2010 showstopper. The game will supposedly get a "grand demo," and will reveal that Gearbox is building upon what 3D Realms already created rather than starting from scratch.
But will the publisher really show Duke Nukem Forever? It's possible. 2K Games has dumped a lot of time and money into the project, and probably wants to see a bit of closure (not to mention revenue based on the 10+ years of hype alone).