Could it finally happen? After being announced 13 years ago, could Duke Nukem Forever finally be coming out?  Well, it sure seems like it's closer to being a reality than it ever has before, but until I can walk into a store and see it on the shelf, I'm still going to take news of a release with a heaping pile of salt.

At the current Penny Arcade Expo (PAX), publisher 2K Games and developer Gearbox are showing off 15 minutes worth of playable Duke Nukem Forever, and promising a release in 2011, which will make it 14 years since the game was announced.  It will reportedly be available for Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PCs.

Duke Nukem ForeverLast month we mentioned that Gearbox had taken over development, and it seems like the project may be further along than a lot of people thought for a long time.  The general consensus seems to be that the graphics still need some polishing, and the game does seem very rooted in its 1990's origins, but for people that have been waiting since 1997 for this game, that's probably not a bad thing.  The big question will be if it will be able to grab younger players?

The sensibilities around first person shooters (FPS) has definitely changed since those early, heady days of playing games such as Duke Nukem 3D and Unreal Tournament on your computers.  With the rise of consoles, FPS games have been taken over by the likes of the Halo and Call of Duty franchises, which rely more on the ideas of armies as opposed to one foul mouthed human fighting off wave after wave of alien invaders.  The 1990's was filled with increasingly odd weapons until you would work up to the BFG (Big F***** Gun) that every game inevitably seemed to have.

There will be a definite nostalgia factor for those of us who played the original, but if you were born after say 1991, you're probably going to wonder why all of those older folks are suddenly storming the gaming aisle.

What say you?  Are you excited for Duke Nukem Forever?