Gearbox’s Duke Nukem Real, Due 2011

UPDATE: CONFIRMED! And due for release next year. Wowsers.

Initial picture proof (Thanks to these chaps.) And here’s more. And more. And more. Honestly: it’s real.

Video stream on the ongoing PAX announcement below, including attendees actually playing it with their actual hands. Pigs flew after all.

ORIGINAL:The hot word on the hot street is that 2K are unveiling something hot at that time, live from the showfloor of the Penny-Arcade Expo. Hotter still, it’s hotly-tipped to be Gearbox’s rumoured finishing-up of Duke Nukem Forever. Is it? Maybe/probably/everyone on the internet’s saying it is, so don’t blame us if it isn’t. Look, Randy’s even wearing a relevant t-shirt today, though maybe he’s just a massive prankster.

Find out for yourself by pointing those beautiful eyes of yours at the live-streaming videobox below at 6pm BST, 1pm EST, 10am PST and 7pm CET (It is DNF. Maybe. Probably. Everyone on the internet’s saying it is anyway, so don’t blame us if it isn’t).

The embed code gave me a choice of colours for the border. I chose pink, just for you.


  1. GamerOfFreedom says:

    I think it is true this time I really do, what do you guys think?

  2. Toby says:

    Hm.. really does sound like they are going to show off DNF.

  3. JSmith says:

    Always bet on Duke!

  4. Taverius says:

    I am hereby handing in my official notice of conditional pre-blame w.r.t. the announcement not being about DNF.

    So there!

  5. ZIGS says:

    They’re gonna announce it as a facebook game

    • psyk says:

      If only the vid and the third more (pic) wasn’t there

    • Zogtee says:

      If this is fake, it will immediately rise to the top on the “trolling teh internets” list (yes, there is a list), receive the title Epic Troll, and knock Broussard down to second place.

  6. Rich says:

    So 5pm BST?

  7. Morti says:

    That’s 6pm BST, not 6pm BST.

    So 6pm current UK time. If you come back at 6pm GMT that’s 7pm and you’ve missed it.

  8. Limes says:

    Duke Nukem Forever
    A new game from 2k Games
    Due 2016

  9. 4chanchannychanchan says:

    N***er best NOT be joking.

  10. Morti says:

    You mean 6pm BST, not 6pm GMT.

    So 6pm current UK time. If you come back at 6pm GMT that’s 7pm BST and you’ve missed it.

    So, UK people, come back at 6. Just so we’re all clear.

  11. Tei says:

    This is not tears in my eyes, is the wind, yes, dust in the wind.

    I want to be Duke Nukem again, and say mean and political incorrect things again. Probably uncover a politician fucking a $2 cheap whore in a motel called “Hot Coffe”.

  12. Bantros says:

    Gearbox dev posted this 40 mins ago too… (look at the picture in the tweet)

    link to

  13. Birdman Tribe Leader says:

    I don’t mean to be a jerk, but do people actually think DNF is going to be any good? Isn’t it probably just going to be an average shooter with gameplay somewhere between Serious Sam and Gears of War with some lame jokes thrown in? It seems to me people are only excited about the game because it’s been delayed so long. (Although I guess Gearbox has a good reputation?)

    • Schaulustiger says:

      I think I still have a weakness for silly over-the-top shooters and there haven’t been much of those recently. All is gritty, brown and realistic nowadays, so DNF might hit a sweet spot.
      Plus, there is of course a lot of nostalgia involved. I played Duke 3D with my friends for quite some time and it was an awesome multiplayer title back in the days.

    • Tei says:

      How you can say that?

      If you dad returned after a 4 years travel. Will you hug him even if he have a long beard, and his covered in dust?

      And now, Imagine if your bad is jesus, and he returned with heavy guns to fix thing here in earth.

    • Sam C. says:

      Tei, that is possibly the most amazing and sacreligious metaphor I’ve ever seen. Thank you.

    • Dude says:

      By this point it doesn’t matter. People will buy it just because it’s finally here. And if it is absolutely horrible, then it’ll be a fitting end to an era anyway. I mean, as long as he actually takes a shit down an alien bastard’s gaping neck cavity.

    • Flint says:

      I’m excited because 1) DN3d continues to be fun as hell to play and still has a brilliant level design and thus there’s a chance that it might be true in Forever as well, 2) it has a heavy chance to stand out from the current boring FPS crowd, 3) Gearbox are good devs and 4) the footage trailer thingy that was released earlier this year after the (supposed) closure looked interesting and fun to play.

      People moan all the time about not getting sequels to their beloved games from eons past. This one has a chance to happen now, no matter how much of a joke it became. I’m not going to start cynically brushing it off just because.

    • cliffski says:

      but everyone who worked on the original games died 100 years ago.

    • sfox says:

      I don’t know, from the video footage I saw of it, it looks like it will be at least a decent game. Definitely not enough to make it worth the long wait, but it still looks like it’ll be worth playing.

    • DarkFenix says:

      Two words: Remember Daikatana?

  14. Kast says:

    My money’s on Cooking Mama.


  15. Kefren says:

    Suck it down.

    • coldwave says:

      Randy Pitchford is about to make you his bitch.

    • Starky says:

      Wrong way round, Randy Pitchford is everyone’s bitch. And he loves it.

    • Sarlix Wester says:

      This guy may as well just change his name to pitchfork and be done with it.


    I believe it is time for this thread to fill up with all the one-liners from
    link to

    Also, why isn’t there a tinychat chatroom or something running for this?

    • Jharakn says:

      well that looks pretty official, to be honest they should have just shipped him to dignitas and let it be but nevermind.

    • Toby says:

      He lives!

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      I like how he has absolutely no expression on the shark painting. Like he does this every day.

  17. DieNuke says:

    i’m just posting to see the time :)

  18. DieNuke says:

    just posting….ain’t trolling….just drooling!

  19. MycoRunner says:


  20. Alex Bakke says:

    *Sits and patiently waits for the final 2 minutes.”

  21. Pesforozo says:

    Well that was fun. Nothing to see here, move along.

  22. soylentrobot says:

    jeeeesus chriiiist just let this stupid, gigantic waste of time and money die, pleeeease

  23. Rich says:

    …and it grinds to a halt.

    Not entirely unexpected.

  24. manveruppd says:

    Mr. Meer must be psychic, as soon as the stream started I was treated with an ad for the Vanish detergent, with the tagline “Trust Pink”.

    Really should’ve been “Always bet on pink” though :)

    • manveruppd says:

      … except it went off air again straight after, so I guess I no longer trust pink! :p

    • manveruppd says:

      Jesus Christ it’s actually playable – THE END IS NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGH!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Heliosicle says:

    stream dead?

  26. Chizu says:

    I got that wonderful ad for Vanish.

    And that was it.

    So the new game is based on Vanish Laundry detergent?

  27. AndrewC says:

    It’s, like, 4 minutes past 6, and still nothing!. The only explanation is that the world has exploded, making PAX a lot further away from RPS than it was, thus the delay in getting the streaming signal.

  28. somnolentsurfer says:

    What’s the betting this is now going turn out to be console only?


  29. Deston says:

    18:05 and all I’ve seen is some stupid Vanish advert.

    … *sigh* we’ve been brutally trolled haven’t we?

  30. Roger says:

    Confirmation at link to

  31. Tei says:

    Live broadcast started 5 minutes ago

    Is Duke Nuke showing late? is not buffering here.

  32. bit_crusherrr says:

    link to


  33. Rich says:

    Thanks chaps. Thaps.

  34. VelvetFistIronGlove says:

    That’s not Duke Nukem — I know, because he’s not holding a cup of tea. This is the real Duke Nukem.*

    (*by the ever-amazing TooMuchSpareTime)

  35. Captain Yarrrr says:

    Hah! All I got was a detergent ad as well. Maybe its a metaphor for getting rid of the blight that is Duke Nukem Forever fandom? Doubtless I’ll be proved wrong in ten minutes or so when it turns out they do announce it, but man! What if they actually announced something new, y’know, something exciting! Aaaah, who am I kidding?

  36. Theory says:

    The stream is up, but it’s just stupid “interviews” with people waiting to see the demo. I hate TV news.

    • Phil H says:

      Worth it for the “Where are you gonna pre-order it from?” “BitTor- oh”

  37. cjlr says:

    3D Realms was here to chew gum and develop a video game, but they must have had a lifetime supply of gum to work through.

    Never change, Duke. Never change.

  38. standardman says:

    I can’t wait until Gearbox finish Half Life 2 Episode 3

  39. AndrewC says:

    Dear god the live comments can’t seem to get past that the first guy talking was black.

  40. l1ddl3monkey says:

    HOLY SHIT – IT’S REAL and I have burst spontaneously into song…
    Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Duke:
    He is trampling on the aliens and making monsters puke
    He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift Nuke
    The Duke is marching on

  41. Schaulustiger says:

    Stream is up and running and I have to admit that I am a wee bit excited. Will be disappointed, though, if it doesn’t have multiplayer. With the shrink gun. Man, those memories…

  42. Novotny says:

    All I’m getting from this is yo-yos.

  43. mcnostril says:

    What the hell am I watching.

  44. Lars Westergren says:

    Hey, what if it turns out they will only release it for consoles? What an epic trolling that would be.

    • Schaulustiger says:

      @Lars Westergren:
      I was holding my breath when Randy Pitchford said “Xbox, PS3…” but he added “…and PC” quickly afterwards.

  45. Shadrach says:

    Oh my this is exciting!

  46. Novotny says:

    Tell him to SPEAK UP

  47. Hunam says:

    Pritchford just said 2011.

  48. Kefren says:

    Effing adverts. Haven’t 2K got enough money? They trid to shuff DRM down my throat and now they’re shoving washing powder up my arse. I had to switch off. Duke would’ve agreed with me.

    • pepper says:

      firefox + noscript + addblock plus addon. Much faster browsing also. And you can allow sites like RPS to have ads.

    • Kefren says:

      The advert was part of the video at the start though, so I wouldn’t have thought that was skippable?