By now, you’ve doubtless already caught wind of the fact that Duke Nukem Forever is finally going to see the light of day. Just as rumour stated a short while back, Borderlands developer Gearbox Software has taken over development of the title and are allegedly polishing it up for release within a year from now.

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Lulz.

“The Gearbox Software team and I are ecstatic that we have grown to a position to be able to pick up and carry the torch and help Duke rise back to glory in his time of need,” stated Gearbox head honcho Randy Pitchford. “Fans of the legendary hero and all the incredible talent that have ever helped him all deserve the very best support that we can bring. Please join me in supporting Duke in his triumphant return so that we may all enjoy the unique, one-in-a-million entertainment experience that only Duke Nukem can bring.”

Gearbox now pretty much owns the entire Duke franchise after purchasing the rights from 3D Realms. Duke’s former handlers, Scott Miller and George Broussard from 3D Realms, had this to say about the whole situation:

“Gearbox was handpicked as the new home for Duke Nukem because of their continued passion, commitment and long-time heritage with the brand and 3D Realms,” said Miller. “Gearbox and Duke Nukem make for a devastating match made in video game heaven. The gaming community’s love and demand for the Duke Nukem brand never wavered and Gearbox will not disappoint them. As you have seen from titles such as Borderlands, Gearbox will bring the right level of addictively compelling gameplay, humor and high powered explosive action to the franchise. Duke Nukem is back and will be bigger than ever.”

“Gearbox was the only home appropriate for the Duke Nukem brand,” stated Broussard. “They are very talented and possess the perfect perspective and understanding of the brand. Their vision for its future direction is exciting and unbelievable. I personally cannot wait for fans to see their unique take on the franchise. This will be a win-win situation for everyone involved, especially the fans.”

There you have it. Duke is back to save our chicks! Check below for some photos of Duke stuff taken by PAX 10 (where the game was officially revealed to still be in development) attendees.

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This looks familiar...

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Moar photoz. Sorry, too lazy to write decent captions.