Duke Nukem Forver, the game first announced back in 1997 and thought to have been cancelled for good, is now in the hands of Borderlands developer Gearbox Software.
3D Realms shut down in 2009, leaving the future of the game in doubt, but it has now been confirmed that Gearbox, headed by Randy Pitchford who worked on Duke Nukem 3D, is now polishing the title for release in 2011.
“Clearly the game hadn’t been finished at 3D Realms but a lot of content had been created,” explained Pitchford who took control of the game late in 2009. “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’s currently expected to ship in 2011, though Pitchford isn’t ready to make any promises at this time. “We’re in the polishing phase now. This is a game where we can not make a promise we can not fulfil,” he said. “We need to get past the shock and awe and then we can go to all the retailers and first parties and work out a launch plan.”
The game is playable at PAX an we will hopefully have a new trailer up soon.