Something that no one actually thought was going to happen has finally happened, Duke Nukem Forever has been given a release date. Take 2 today announced that the game will be available in the US on the 3rd of May and Internationally on the 6th.

Duke Nukem Forever has been plagued with delay after delay in what has seen a game that was first announced in 1997 mocked with its very title and with the demise of 3D Realms as a developer in 2009 many expected the game to disappear as well.

"The moment fans all over the world have been waiting for is almost here," declared Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. "May 3, 2011 marks Duke's return as he unleashes his brash and brutally honest wit on the world. His return is going to be epic and one that will make video gaming history!"

"When I said goodbye to 3D Realms and the original Duke Nukem 3D team in 1997 and soon after founded Gearbox Software, I never in my wildest dreams imagined that a day like today would come," said Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software. "Today I am proud, humbled and even astounded to announce that the day is coming at last for all gamers to be a part of video game history: Duke Nukem Forever will launch worldwide this May!"