Duke Nukem Forever demo arrives for 'First Access Club' on June 3

Duke Nukem Forever demo launches on June 3 for "First Access Club" members. It's really happening, Duke Nukem Forever is actually coming out.

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[Update] - Gearbox has confirmed the "First Access" demo will be available across all three platforms. A demo date for non-FAC members was not clarified.

[Original Story] - 2K Games and Gearbox Software have just announced that "First Access Club" members will be able to download a Duke Nukem Forever demo on June 3. "First Access" is granted by either pre-ordering Duke Nukem Forever or currently owning (and registering) the Game of the Year Edition of Borderlands.

Platforms for the demo were not specified in a new video featuring Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford. The Friday release does go against Sony's typical release schedule for PSN content; however, earlier today Sony stated it would release multiple weekly updates to its store when it comes back online to catch up to missed content.

Pitchford's announcement also neglects to mention when non-First Access members will get a chance to step into Duke's shoes. Shacknews has contacted Gearbox for clarification, but has yet to hear back by the time of publishing.

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    May 16, 2011 5:00 PM

    Xav de Matos posted a new article, Duke Nukem Forever demo arrives for 'First Access Club' on June 3.

    Duke Nukem Forever demo launches on June 3 for "First Access Club" members. It's really happening, Duke Nukem Forever is actually coming out.

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      May 16, 2011 5:13 PM

      What are ya waiting for? June 3rd?

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      May 16, 2011 5:15 PM

      wow..2+ more weeks.

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        May 16, 2011 5:16 PM

        when do the non special people get access? week after launch?

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      May 16, 2011 5:19 PM

      I preordered Duke from Best Buy (because I had a gift card). How do I use this to get in the first access club?

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        May 16, 2011 6:13 PM

        Not sure. I pre-ordered the Balls of Steel edition from Amazon and I got the key in an email a week later.

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        May 16, 2011 6:59 PM

        Not at all retailers provide first access club...um...access from pre-orders.

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      May 16, 2011 5:28 PM

      Remember the good old days when demos were for people who hadn't bought the game yet? I know, weird!

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        May 16, 2011 5:29 PM

        People who bought Borderlands are getting the demo... so... they sort of still are?

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          May 16, 2011 5:34 PM

          Not everyone who bought it are. I bought the 360 version on release day but get no Duke demo.

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            May 16, 2011 5:35 PM

            Duke Nukem? on a console? that's heresy anyway!

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              May 16, 2011 5:36 PM

              Only two guns at a time makes it a console game to me. I will probably pick up the PS3 version whenever the price is dropped down to below $40.

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                May 16, 2011 6:18 PM

                It's a PC game on Unreal Engine: the first mod will likely be an all weapons mod--Crysis was similar.

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        May 16, 2011 5:30 PM

        Yeah, pretty weak. Demos aren't used to sell games to people on the fence, they're used as incentive for retailers who pay out to publishers.

        I'm buying it anyway, but I'm picking it up on Steam which doesn't get the demo. Oh well.

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          May 16, 2011 7:05 PM

          So if I preorder the game on Steam, I still wouldn't have access to the demo?

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            May 16, 2011 7:20 PM

            iirc you had to buy Borderlands GOTY or have bought Borderlands really close to release

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            May 16, 2011 8:41 PM

            Only preorders from Gamestop or Amazon will work, that or if you owned Borderlands before

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              May 16, 2011 9:24 PM

              that's pretty lame although the possibility of an early demo never influenced my decision to preorder anyway

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        May 16, 2011 7:42 PM

        What part of 'early access' is not easy to understand?

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      May 16, 2011 5:28 PM

      Multiplayer looking hilariously god awful fun.

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        May 16, 2011 5:44 PM

        I'm smirking anticipating the new Duke-isms alone.

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        May 17, 2011 6:01 AM

        - bunnyhopping - check
        - fast movement - check
        - duke nukem - check
        - pipebombs - check
        - shrinker - check
        - stupid gamereview sites hate it - check

        IT WILL OWN!

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      May 16, 2011 5:29 PM

      How can I see my First Access number without having to install Borderlands? I see it in my DLC list but clicking on it does nothing.

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      May 16, 2011 5:49 PM

      Ok so if I buy Borderlands now can I get in on this "Club" ?

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        May 16, 2011 6:09 PM

        If I recall correctly, no.

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          May 16, 2011 6:18 PM

          what if i set my FOV in Borderlands to 90?

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          May 16, 2011 6:49 PM

          Well fuck everyone

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          May 16, 2011 6:55 PM

          I bought the Borderlands GOTY on Steam a few weeks back when it was $7.50 and got the code as "DLC" or whatever. Not sure if you can get it with just Vanilla.

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            May 16, 2011 10:32 PM

            Same here. I then used that CD-key on the Duke Nukem first access club website. You input your email info and what not, and you confirm it with them. Then BOOM they will email you whenever it is available.

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        May 16, 2011 7:14 PM

        argh, a few of us had extra codes but I've already given mine away, maybe start a thread asking

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      May 16, 2011 6:32 PM

      wooooooooooo! always BET ON DUKE!

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      May 16, 2011 6:53 PM

      Yesssssssssss!!!! I didn't think my Borderlands copy had a key because it's not the GoTY edition, but I just checked in Steam and the motherfucker is right there! woo!! I'm excited again.

    • DM7
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      May 16, 2011 6:59 PM

      Why couldn't that cardboard stand-up behind him be the boxart instead of "Girlyhands Duke" we have now?

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      May 16, 2011 7:06 PM

      I could have sworn there was another thing where they were giving early access to the demo back when they first re-announced it.

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      May 16, 2011 7:13 PM

      do we need to do anything if we're getting the "FAC" emails? i didn't click last week for platform.

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        May 16, 2011 7:57 PM

        If your platform was PC I think you will be ok. When I clicked it PC was already selected on mine.

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      May 16, 2011 7:40 PM

      why don't ya have duke fuck me in the ass while yer at it

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      May 16, 2011 8:01 PM

      Game is real?

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        May 17, 2011 2:45 AM

        I don't believe so. That video of you post-play was clearly photoshopped!

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        May 17, 2011 7:03 AM

        how many copies have you been gifted already?

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      May 16, 2011 8:31 PM

      Woot, it'd better be on OnLive too!

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        May 17, 2011 11:50 AM

        you must work for them. who the fuck would use that shitty, low res, no options service with limited multiplayer population?
        the entire reason for cloud GPU computing would be to offload the workload elsewhere allowing for things like high res and maxed out settings.... if onlive only offers low res AND pixelated codec video coupled with the lowest settings possible (go ahead and check assassins creed etc) what the fuck is the difference between what they offer and what some five year old system offers? nothing. infact the older system gets a larger multiplayer base to play with, the rest of the world.

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      May 16, 2011 8:55 PM

      I think it is safe to safe thanks to people like Randy Pitchford and Cliff Bleszinski we are starting to see frontmen for the games industry emerge. It is nice to see the industry has started to produce these types of strong personalities that can help carry the gamng to the mainstream. With people finally starting to take notice of games in mainstream media guys like this can help to usher gaming into a mainstream acceptance it has had before. These are the guys that can geek out when they are with fans and can speak articulately when speaking about the industry to people who may know less about games. I for one am excited by people like this.

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        May 16, 2011 9:11 PM

        I miss the Post Of The Moment front page chatty bubble.

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          May 16, 2011 9:48 PM

          That was my favorite part of the shack, and i don't understand why its gone!?! ;(

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          May 17, 2011 8:12 AM

          Yeah, that sucks.

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        May 16, 2011 9:26 PM

        People like that have existed for a while though. Pitchford and Cliffy B get the most attention because they're parts of current big franchises.

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          May 16, 2011 9:28 PM

          Although they're cool people and it's cool seeing how genuinely excited they are about their games and aren't just shills for big publishers.

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          May 17, 2011 8:22 AM

          That's exactly why they are needed. The industry needs smart articulate people in front of big games and franchises to help the industry grow. I met Pitchford breifly at PAX and he has a great presence, I think they are the people who can help push games in the right direction on the eyes of the public.

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        May 17, 2011 8:11 AM

        But...but...John Romero!

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        May 17, 2011 8:15 AM

        Randy Pitchford is actually a really really cool guy.

        I've seen some videos and interviews with him on the Jace Hall Show, and he is probly the most cool and down to earth video game company president (after John Carmack, of course)!

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          May 17, 2011 8:24 AM

          I agree. I've read interviews and heard discussions with him and he comes of pretty cool. Having said that i hate his exaggerated schtick that he performs in promotional videos.

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        May 17, 2011 8:22 AM

        Not that i disagree, but i find it interesting that for years and years gamers have been desperate for acceptance, for some recognition from the mainstream. As soon as it happens they begin to bemoan how the mainstream is robbing their hobby of all its eccentricities and 'core' elements.

        What did you guys think would happen? That the mainstream would want to play Baldurs Gate 2? Oh dear.

    • Ebu
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      May 16, 2011 9:01 PM

      Such a clusterfuck.

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      May 16, 2011 9:21 PM

      You mean beta right? A "demo" is for people to decide whether they want the full game. How can I decide if I have to pay first?

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      May 16, 2011 10:08 PM

      I pre-orderd, so i think i'll just wait until i get my hands on the full version.

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      May 17, 2011 4:58 AM

      I won't believe it till its on my hard drive, even then I still won't believe it

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      May 17, 2011 8:01 AM

      Well, I bet this video promo is indicative of the quality of the game.

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      May 17, 2011 12:12 PM

      I would love to see how they try and contain the PC version of the demo to "first access" club members only.