In perhaps the ultimate stroke of ironic genius, Duke Nukem Forever was supposed to have finished development by April 1, 2010, according to former 2K Games producer Jason Bergman.
Bergman revealed the bit of trivia over Twitter. He's currently a senior producer at Bethesda Softworks, but claims 3D Realms and Take-Two Interactive (the parent company of 2K Games) were planning to announce Duke Nukem Forever had gone gold (read: was finished) on April 1.
"MOMENT OF SILENCE PLEASE: by the 3DR/TTWO [3D Realms / Take-Two Interactive] development schedule, April 1st, 2010 was supposed to be the day Duke Nukem Forever went gold," said Bergman. "Totally intentional. It was going to be hilarious."
Duke Nukem Forever has been an industry joke for years. No one thought it'd be released.
"I wholeheartedly believe that had things gone differently, they would have made that date," he said.
3D Realms and Take-Two are now embroiled in a heated legal battle over the fate of Duke Nukem Forever and future Duke Nukem releases. Will Duke ever return? Was he eaten by a Sasquatch? It remains to be seen.
Source: Jason Bergman