Seemingly there is only one game that has been in development limbo for longer than Gran Turismo 5, and that would be Duke Nukem Forever. Honestly, the development cycle for Forever makes GT5 look like DeathSpank. First announced in April of 1997 (possibly before you were born), Nukem Forever was actually on its way to finished product, until developer 3D Realms went belly up, leaving the future of the game up in the air. Up in the air, that is, until today.
This morning, at PAX Prime, 2K Games opened up its booth, which has a playable demo of Duke Nukem Forever, showing off that, yes Virginia, the game does exist. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the game has been in development since 2009 at Gearbox Studios, and may even be released before the year is out. Apparently, enough work had been done by 3D Realms that 2K decided to finish the game out with a different developer.
Randy Pitchford, CEO of Gearbox Software, said to the journals, "Clearly the game hadn’t been finished at 3D Realms but a lot of content had been created. The approach and investment and process at 3d Realms didn’t quite make it and it cracked at the end. With Gearbox Software we brought all those pieces together. It’s the game it was meant to be."
The game will be a sequel to Duke Nukem 3D, with support for a single player campaign as well as multiplayer. As far as the storyline goes, aliens come to Earth bringing a message of peace. Duke, ever the cautious type, doesn't trust the visitors and once again finds himself tasked with saving the world.
If you're lucky enough to be in Seattle this weekend for PAX, make sure you get in the unbelievably long line stop by the 2K booth to test the game out. Gearbox is promising more details during their PAX panel on Sunday, so when we know more, so will you.