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Randy Pitchford Explains Duke Nukem Forever Delay

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Hi Everyone,

Thanks for coming to the forums and beating us up a bit over this. We asked you guys to come here and do that and we really deserve it. I am ultimately responsible for Duke now, so I deserve it. Given that we've made this mistake and it's cost everyone another several weeks of waiting, I think it's helpful for myself and for all of us to feel a little pain from that.

I want you to know, though, that when we announced May, we believed it. Thousands and thousands of tasks and bugs have been completed since then. Each of those work items created a degree of uncertainty with our prediction. But we use our experience and the trends and data we have to guide our predictions and that gave us confidence that May was not only accurate, but had some cushion in it.

I don't think I'm going to surprise anyone with this information, but it turns out that from a project point of view, Duke is a different beast all together. Some of our experience, it turns out, didn't turn out to help us as much as we are used to in providing accuracy with our predictions. Many of the elements of uncertainty that were rolled up in all of the unfinished work turned out to be more challenging or difficult than we were able to see at that time and too many of those points of uncertainty ended up biting us.

So we had to make a very difficult, painful and expensive decision to shift the date by several weeks.

When we announced May, we believed it and we felt that our fans, who have been waiting so long for this game, deserved to know what we believed. After all - by the time we announced the launch date (in January), we had gone many months since we first announced the return of Duke at PAX Prime in August of 2010. During that time, the sentiment among the most loyal fans was that we OWED them information.

I didn't want to do the "when it's done" thing. I think that would've been worse - more as if we were toying with fans. Certainly we must have *some* idea! That's what the sentiment would've been if we said "when it's done" and it would've been true.

We had some idea. In fact, we felt very confident that May was the time.

But the problem with these projects is that there is a lot of uncertainty in the tasks and challenges where the solutions aren't already known and the time it takes to implement the solutions that are known is also not known.

But fans don't want uncertainty. We don't want to hear uncertainty at all, do we? We want answers. And we, as gamers and customers, deserve answers.

So we thought we were doing the right thing. We provided answers. We announced the date that, at the time, we knew and understood to be the true date.

As we got along a little more, say, the month of February, it looked like we could make it.

And, there was a lot at stake and waffling on something like the ship date for Duke Nukem Forever isn't a good idea. So we really convinced ourselves. I convinced myself.

But I was wrong.

I'm sorry I was wrong.

I'm for that I am so, so sorry.

We're doing the best we can. Our mission is to complete and deliver the game that all of us, Gearbox people included, have waited so long to get our hands on. This game - this legendary, unimaginably fascinating and historical game - is one that not too long ago should've been dead. It *was* dead, but not for the love of the fans and the commitment of the team that is working day and night to bring it to release.

But it turns out that doing "the best we can" did not give us sufficient accuracy in our predictions to avoid this situation.

So I am sorry.
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The only question I have is:

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Originally Posted by Randy Pitchford
I'm for that I am so, so sorry.
I wonder, what does Randy mean by this? Does it perhaps have some deeper meaning? Is it code for his sleeper cell of programming ninjas to awaken? This Randy.. He is a tough nut to crack.
    
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just forgot again this game was pushed back, this sucks.
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This is the best game ever created.
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ordered the balls of steel edition. im ready to throw some poo
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Push it back all they want.. but at least release the beta!!

Oh.. Lazloisdavrock.. Our O's started off pretty good. Now it's just starting to get ugly again.. as usual..
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Push it back all they want.. but at least release the beta!!

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just the pitching, they will have the ups and downs.
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So How Much Work Went Into Duke Nukem Forever?


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Duke Nukem Forever, the game that was in development for forever, was first revealed in 1997. This year it’s finally being released by another studio, Gearbox Software, which began working on the game in 2009.

“I have estimated that 3D Realms invested between 3500 and 4500 man-months of effort into the game, a lot of which has been lost to the ages,” Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford recently blogged. “Meanwhile, by the time Gearbox ships the game we’ll have put in another 2500 man-months of effort.”

Does that mean the game’s original developer was just lollygagging about? Not necessarily. Pitchford might be factoring the size of his team and amount of actual work, meaning then his figures could certainly add up. A larger team would mean that more man-months could be covered more quickly.

For comparison’s sake, Pitchford said that his studio’s sci-fi shooter Borderlands required between 3500 and 4000 man-months of effort. Man-months, everybody, man-months!
http://www.kotaku.com.au/2011/04/so-...nukem-forever/
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http://gamerant.com/duke-nukem-forev...g-johnj-81521/

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Duke Nukem Royal Wedding

It should come as no surprise that Duke Nukem, the self-proclaimed King of Shooters, would be into celebrating royal ceremonies. With the Royal Wedding fast approaching (not to mention the release of Duke Nukem Forever), a piece of art was commissioned to celebrate the Prince, The Bride, and the Duke himself. While we all know that Duke Nukem is a ridiculous man, you have to admit the painting really is just “something else.”
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