When Gearbox president Randy Pitchford announced that his company was working on Duke Nukem Forever, it was great news. After all, fans have been patient for more than a decade since the game was first announced. We know that it's due out for a 2011 release, but a few retailers are perhaps inadvertently indicating that we may not have to wait much longer.

Visitors to the game's official site can click links to preorder the game from Amazon and GameStop (Game Informer's parent company). Both companies list a ship date for the game of February 1,2011. It could be a placeholder and/or a coincidence, but it's interesting nonetheless. Why direct people to order the game if such details hadn't at least been discussed between publisher, developer, and retailer? 

Additionally, perhaps Microsoft pushed Gears 3 back from a spring release window to the holidays for fear of getting trounced by Duke. (Or not. That was sarcasm. Settle down.)

We've contacted Gearbox about the date and will report back what we hear.