In what could potentially be considered the greatest in-joke the video game industry has ever played on itself, 2K Games and Gearbox have gone and delayed Duke Nukem Forever… by a month. The game was initially scheduled to release in May of this year. It's now set to release on June 10th internationally and June 14th in North America.

How do we know it's a joke? Given the history of one of the most delayed video games ever, it's almost a no-brainer that a single month's worth of delay was done for the sillies. That, and the headline of the press release sent to us through email this morning read: "Duke Never Comes Early – 2K Games Announces Shortest Delay in the History of Duke Nukem Forever."

In that press release was a quipping from Christoph Hartmann, President of 2K:

In case you haven't heard, Duke never comes early…We're committed to deliver a laugh-out-loud, politically incorrect experience that people will talk about for years to come. We thank Duke's fans for their continued patience – I promise this won't take another 15 years.

Randy Pitchford, President of Gearbox Software, is the man you see in the video above, and he also had something to offer in the release from Take-Two.

I'm very sorry for the added delay. We've all been working extremely hard and are very eager to deliver the game to you…I've been thinking of these lyrics from the great country song, 'He's The Duke' – 'He told us if we waited we could Come Get Some, but I never knew Forever was going to be so long.' If you're like me, June cannot come quickly enough.

I, personally, love the direction Gearbox and 2K have been taking with Duke Nukem Forever. They get that the product has truly defined the term "vaporware," and now they're running with that concept at a full sprint.

Will you be picking up Duke Nukem Forever in June? Or, better yet, has this delay enraged you to the point of no return?