Duke Nukem Forever has “Gone Gold”, but What Does “Going Gold” Actually Mean?


2K Games and Gearbox Software just announced that Duke Nukem Forever, “one of the most anticipated entertainment properties of all time”, has “gone gold” and will be available at retailers on June 10, 2011 internationally and on June 14, 2011 in North America.

“Duke Nukem Forever and its journey to store shelves is legendary,” said George Broussard, creative director at 3D Realms. “It’s an epic tale of four game development studios that banded together and did the unthinkable and shipped the unshipppable. When you play this game you will be reminded of that epic journey at every turn and in every small detail of the game. The character, attitude, interactivity, gameplay and political incorrectness combine to make a Duke Nukem game a unique gaming experience. In the timeless words of Duke Nukem it’s finally time to ‘Come Get Some’. Come be a part of gaming history.”

For those who don’t really know what “Gone Gold” means, let me explain. Most people, as I once did, seem to think that “Gone Gold” means that it has sold a certain number of copies, such as when a music album goes gold. For software, this is not the case.

A game has “Gone Gold” when the game code has been finalized, or when a final master copy has been produced by the developer and is ready to be duplicated and packaged. “Gone Gold” comes from the days when recordable CDs were manufactured with gold film, thus being called a “Gold Master.”

…and now you know.

Source: Press Release


Written by: Oly - Senior PR Manager


  1. #1 by Pedro on May 24th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    The most interesting part about this post is the actually “going gold” bit. I didn’t know that, I always thought it meant a sales figure, like in the music business.

    Regarding Duke Nukem, I honestly think this game will be an epic disappointment. I do hope I’m wrong though.

  2. #2 by Jason on May 24th, 2011 [ 27516 Points ]

    Ill get this when its in the bargain bin :)

  3. #3 by EdEN on May 24th, 2011 [ 136065 Points ]

    @Jason: What, no Balls of Steel pre-order for you?

  4. #4 by Jason on May 24th, 2011 [ 27516 Points ]

    EdEN: @Jason: What, no Balls of Steel pre-order for you?  

    lol no way Its summer time in few weeks, got to take the boy out etc Wont be able to get any games from now until december

  5. #5 by Yourgor on May 24th, 2011 [ 940 Points ]

    Yeah if this becomes a epic disappointment it would kill the name Duke Nukem and 2K Games and Gearbox Software, they would have such a bad name for them selfs, nobody would ever buy from them again or they would have a big problem of people trusting them again cause Duke is such a big known name and 2K and Gearbox their big names too, if anything it would really really make them look bad, so I hope it will be great and worth all the hype or at least a very good looking and fun game.

  6. #6 by Markus on May 25th, 2011 [ 4322 Points ]

    Good to know what going Gold means

  7. #7 by EdEN on May 25th, 2011 [ 136065 Points ]

    @Jason: That’s why it’s great that my daughter is only 2 months old. Colorful cardboard packaging does wonders for entertaining her hahaha.

  8. #8 by ZFM12 on May 26th, 2011 [ 1485 Points ]

    I don’t care if this game is good or not. It’s Duke Nukem!!!! Long Live the Duke


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