Duke Nukem forever is now a legendary title, mostly because it has been worked on since 1997 but never released. Hopes of the game ever surfacing were crushed when 3D Realms, the developer of Duke Nukem 3D, was disbanded last year. However, all hope may not be lost.

According to Kotaku, the title is now in the hands of Borderlands developer Gearbox. This is great news for anyone holding out for the Duke’s return: an amazing studio that’s made several bestselling games, and a rumored demo to be released late this year? Almost sounds too good to be true. However, there’s a lot of evidence pointing to this happening.

First, Take-Two Interactive still retains publishing rights for the title, however a company spokesperson declined to comment about the status of the project and whether it is in the works at Gearbox.  Mikey Neumann, the Creative Director at Gearbox, even tweeted this morning: “Preemptive: no comment”. As a matter of fact, it seems that no one wants to say anything about it. The most information came from Gearbox Software President Randy Pitchford, who indicated that he might be able to clarify the situation at this year’s Penny Arcade Expo. The complete lack of comments all around seems in itself to be evidence, doesn’t it?

On top of that, a tweet from Jon St. John, the voice of Duke Nukem, implied he’s been working on a project called DotA with Valve Software:

Had a great time in Seattle last week recording for DotA. The guys at Valve Softwareare awesome! Going to PAX? Might see you there – Sept3-5

That tweet is referring to Defense of the Ancients, but could the Duke be hinting at something else for PAX? Take Two and Valve have a history together, so we might even be seeing a Steam release. At any rate, the Duke is hinting at a big reveal at PAX, Gearbox President is talking about an announcement at PAX, and anonymous sources are claiming that Duke Nukem Forever is alive and well. Of course, all of this is just speculation really, but you can bet we’ll be watching PAX extra closely this year.