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Pitchford: Here's Why Duke is Delayed Again

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."

  • ssalim
    http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Duke-Nukem-Forever-Release-Delayed-Launch-Date,news-10584.html
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  • hoofhearted
    Capture the Babe! Woohoo :D
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  • C 64
    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
    ssalimhttp://www.tomsguide.com/us/Duke-N 10584.htmlWow, that was fn funny! I am so pissed from another delay but that clip made my day...!!!
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  • rollerdisco
    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
    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
    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
    Wow, what a shocker...not !
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  • PudgyChicken
    Wow. Old news.
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  • SirGCal
    DN Forever, takes Forever... At least it's properly named...
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