Real: DNF Balls Of Steel Edition Surfaces

Is there any subtext in the game box art, do you think?
UPDATE: Confirmed as real, though it’ll be available in America only and just here from

The above image was posted on the French Duke Nukem Forever forums last night. I’m still running it through the RPS Bullshit-O-Tron, but figure even if it’s fake it’s an entertaining fake. And I keep thinking back to that IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover Collector’s Edition image that leaked and turned out to be real. HMM. I’ve run through what look to be the contents after the jump, or you can click on the picture for a slightly bigger one of it. Or both! Do both.

So, the Duke Nukem Forever Collector’s Edition may or may not contain:

  • The game! Always a nice thing to have in a Collector’s Edition, I find. It’d be embarrassing to go into a shop a say “Hello, I’d like to buy £80 of promotional tat and also the object they are advertising, please!”
  • A bust of Duke Nukem with “Carpe Nukem” on the base. In case you never wanted to have sex ever again.
  • “History, Legacy & Legend” DNF art book. I really hope you open this up and it’s just a single A2 fold-out picture of the Duke raising a middle finger at the reader.
  • A DNF comic book. Maybe it’s written by Kieron! It’s probably not written by Kieron as the cover is not misspelled.
  • A certificate of authenticity with the number “2,000” clearly visible. Will they only be selling 2,000 collectors editions? Is it possible for there to be only 2,000 copies of something which doesn’t exist? Do you think this is real, readers? Why am I asking so many questions?
  • Soem DICE
  • A deck o f CARDS
  • Two (2) poker chips. In case you wanted to conduct the world’s smallest and most miserly game of poker. “I’m… ALL in!” “Steven you only have one chi–” “SHUT UP CARLOS.”
  • A sticker, in case you felt something in your life did not have enough advertisements on it already. If you were wondering, yes, I am a communist.
  • Four postcards. One is from space! Silly Duke, you can’t send a postcard from space.
  • A big box! This is my favourite part.

So there you have it. And by “it” I mean something that potentially may not exist. Thanks to RPS reader “LW” for sending this in. LW, if this turns out to be fake I’m blaming you.


  1. Avenger says:

    I call photoshopped…

  2. Greg Wild says:

    I love promotional tat. It is exactly what makes games worth playing.

    Some people have too much money. Or no sense.

  3. phlebas says:

    A ‘Balls of Steel’ edition that doesn’t include a single steel ball? That doesn’t work!

  4. Tori says:

    Look real and good!

    Quintin, this article made me laugh at loud, my co-workers are looking funny at me. Thanks.

  5. Inigo says:

    “Seize Nukem?”

    • VelvetFistIronGlove says:

      Dear oh dear, you need to brush up on your Latin.

      nuces, nucei (sometimes nukes). [ˈnʊː keɪs] n. m. The male sperm-producing organ; testis or testicle. carpe nucem “sieze the balls”.

    • Sarlix says:

      Now, write it out a hundred times.

      And if it’s not done by sunrise, I’ll cut your balls off.

  6. RiptoR says:

    First you write “It’s probably not written by Kieron as the cover is not misspelled.”, only to follow it with at least 3 typo’s in your own text… :D

  7. RegisteredUser says:

    Guess those balls are so heavy he couldn’t carry any more than the two alloted guns this crippled Duke now has.

    I suspect the limit to only two poker chips accordingly makes 100% sense parallel to this.

    Also: Seize/use the Nukem? Isn’t that akin to saying hump the Duke from behind? Wouldn’t it in turn not be about not having any more sex, but more about having more GAY sex?

    It does not show that I disagree with the slot restriction or feel that it is ruining a perfectly good franchise, does it?

    • Urthman says:

      Guess those balls are so heavy he couldn’t carry any more than the two allotted guns this crippled Duke now has.

      Is that confirmed, or is it just assumed based on the overall gearsofwarification of Duke?

    • RegisteredUser says:

      This has been confirmed and protested with over 1000 posts in their forum with over 80% votes against it, and GBX just giving the community the finger and one of them publicly making fun over it and Bulletstorm having it as well.

  8. JiminyJickers says:

    I don’t know, the photo does’t seem entirely real. The lighting looks a bit funny to me.

    • JB says:

      I have to agree. Some of the angles don’t look quite right. And something about the playing cards.

      It may be an accurate representation of the pack, just a artist-rendered representation. Or it might just be a big old fake. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

    • Giant, fussy whingebag says:

      I’m with you guys on this. The base of the bust is what stood out to me; it just looks wrong with that certificate underneath…

    • adonf says:

      The perspective on the bust is odd.

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  10. mistwolf says:

    Only being a socialist, I like stickers. Someday I hope to graduate to proper communism and not want them.

  11. godkingemperor says:

    ill get this, paint the duke, and take him to warhammer tournaments.

    • Greg Wild says:

      And yet despite being part of a £80 set, it’ll still be cheaper than any other 3000 point army.

    • skurmedel says:

      You should totally paint him pink and see if you can still participate. Some armies are really sloppy, just dunked in a colour. What’s the point of having a requirement of armies having to be painted if you can just paint them in one colour?

  12. bill says:

    I think it’d be funny if they stopped including the game in these kind of totally ott collector’s editions. It seems incidental.

    What do people DO with all the tat that they pay a fortune for? All the master chief helmets and busts. Other than put them in their room and never have sex again. Or hide them in a box somewhere.

  13. vodka and cookies says:

    Duke giving the finger in the art book is a fantastic idea, they really should have done that or even better as a hologram [closest thing to an animated GIF I guess].

  14. skurmedel says:

    It’s rather fake. The art book is minuscule. There are other scaling issues. Several items are not in perspective; compare the bust (with the strange shadow) with the certificate, the deck of cards, so forth.

  15. mondomau says:

    It is teh fakezorz: even if certain elements are genuine, the layout / perspective is all wrong and the shadows are very dodgy.

  16. GallonOfAlan says:

    Those poker chips definitely look ‘shopped.

  17. ZIGS says:

    Of course it’s fake, where are the 36 DVDs that are supposed to be the making of?

  18. Optimaximal says:

    Was I the only one disappointed that the ‘IL-2: Cliffs of Dover’ Collectors Edition didn’t include a 1:50 scale model of the Cliffs of Dover?

  19. Xiyng says:

    Fake or not, it’s actually pretty impressive for a collector’s edition. There’s actually some value instead of some cheap in-game costume or a retarded locked-from-others ‘exclusive’ level that’s not worth the money but would still be nice to play.

    I certainly can’t afford that but if I could, I would probably get a CE like that.

  20. NemsMole says:

    The image itself looks fake but that’d be a whole lot of work for something that’ll be confirmed or denied relatively quickly.

    The image seems to be originally from here
    link to

    Now obviously this doesn’t name any sources beyond “2K has just announced” but it wouldn’t be the first time something like this has leaked. We’ll see for sure soon enough.

  21. CMaster says:

    The image is pretty obviously photoshopped.
    However, I just got a “Duke Nukem First Access Club” email promoting it, so I guess it is real.

    • The Lord of Leisure says:

      Indeed the email just came through on mine as well, with the same image with this text:

      Are you ready for this? As a member of the First Access Club, you’re among the first to learn of the Duke Nukem Forever Balls of Steel Edition that will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC alongside the standard edition of Duke Nukem Forever on May 3 (North America) and May 6 (International). Quantities will be limited, so make sure to pre-order your copy from a participating retailer today!

    • thegooseking says:

      Of course it’s real. It has a certificate of authenticity! Would a not-real thing have one of those? I think not.

  22. McDan says:

    Whilst I was watching the trailer for the new lego star wars game I got an advert on the video promoting chrome balls, coincidence? I think not!

  23. mistwolf says:

    Shockingly, this is legit. I just got the email from the first access club about it.

  24. Tatourmi says:

    I only want two things of this pack: The cards and the dice. Screw the rest!

  25. Xiyng says:

    Pretty funny how many of you thought it was a fake when in fact it was not :P

  26. Navagon says:

    Fake or not it’s definitely influenced by the Witcher 2 Collector’s Edition.

  27. Keep says:

    The contents may be real, but the image is definitely shopped.

    Look at the book and dvd case. Look at the the cards and dice. The book & dvd case would have to be tilted forward more in order to be on the same surface as the cards & dice.

    Look at the shadows on the bust. Look at the shadow it casts on the postcards. It seems to be levitating ever so slightly.

    Look at the tilt of the base of the bust. Look at the tilt of the postcards. These items are not on the same surface.

    Look at the reflection of all the objects on the surface. Just look at them :-|.


    (You don’t need to know photoshop in order to spot fakery. Much better to know some basic draftsmanship, perspective, etc.)

  28. Moonracer says:

    history/art book should be a collection of all the “coming soon” images with the date image was originally released. a bonus dvd with the teaser trailers over the years would be interesting too.

    the truck balls Idea is the best I’ve heard missing so far. Gamers with truck balls on their cars would be brilliant. And somewhat appropriate for the type of gamer that will actually buy and play this game.

  29. Shagittarius says:

    Too bad the release date ins’t April 1.

  30. Jacques says:

    Well, Amazon now thinks it’s real.
    link to

  31. MikoSquiz says:

    Ugh. If anyone I know buys this, I’m just going to quietly delete them from my phone and e-mail address book.

  32. Gabbo says:

    All i wanted was a dvd/bluray making of and if possible playable demos of the previous builds – I really don’t want any of the other things. Sadly, I’ve been waiting long enough, I’ll still likely get this, if it’s real.

  33. elmuerte says:

    So the rest of the world gets the shaft again. :/

  34. Mister_Inveigler says:

    Yet again, no love for the rest of the world?
    Don’t mind me, I’ll just be sitting in the corner, hugging my knees and rocking slightly, muttering about the absence of bubblegum

  35. RegisteredUser says:

    All y’all “this is soooo faek and imma so kewl coz ima sayin it” be lookin’ pretty stupid rite nao.