A long time ago, people said that 3D Realms’ FPS game “Prey” would never be released. It had taken too long… too many changes of direction… but amazingly, it did eventuate.
The same thing happened with Team Fortress 2. And of course when it was released it was (and still is) a phenomenal success.
A week ago, if you asked most gamers about Duke Nukem Forever, they’d say “It’ll never happen.” Well, it is going to happen, in 2011. Just like the aforementioned Prey and TF2, it HAS emerged from development hell.
Earlier today (my time) DNF was announced, and demonstrated at the Penny Arcade Expo.
No, not by one person on a stage (hello E3) – they had dozens of Xboxes setup, with a playable demo on each. Below is a clip from the ‘live stream’ of the event. Of course, we get a clueless reporter and a cameraman who doesn’t know how to point at ONE monitor and stay still. But then – that’s what always happens at these events.
Here in Australia, this is likely to be a problem. Our game classification laws were written with the idea that ‘only kids play videogames’ and thus any game rated R18+ cannot be sold ‘downunder’.
We’ll find out what happens… sometime in 2011, when Gearbox Software finish DNF at last, and it goes on sale. Hail to the King, baby!