Take-Two Interactive Software Inc, which publishes the game, launched in Europe and Australia on Friday. The game makes its debut on Tuesday in the United States, Canada and Mexico for the PlayStation3, Xbox 360 and PC.
Despite the long wait, the game launched to tepid reception from critics. The website Metacritic.com, which aggregates reviews, gave the Xbox 360 version a score of 55 out of 100. The game did better on the PC with a "metascore" of 76 out of 100. There is no score currently available for the PS3 version.
After promising for years that the game would be released "when it's done," its developer 3D Realms closed up shop in 2009 citing lack of funding.
The game was resurrected by Randy Pitchford, the founder of Gearbox Software, the developer of Borderlands, which is also published by Take-Two.