Duke Nukem Forever, 11 years after 2001 material comes up

Duke Nukem Forever, 11 years after 2001 material comes up

Duke Nukem Forever

When Duke Nukem Forever finally hit the market in 2011, historic Duke fans were hoping for a return with great fanfare from one of the video game icons. Unfortunately, the last chapter of the saga failed to hit the mark, showing its side on many of the aspects due to the long and troubled gestation of the title. Now, eleven years later, a series of materials relating to the original version of the Forever project born in 2001 have appeared on the net.

It all started on the pages of 4chan, where it appeared a long post containing a series of details, information, videos and images of what should have been the original Duke Nukem Forever. The game, in fact, was born in the early 2000s, but due to a whole series of problems and postponements it managed to arrive on the market only ten years later, and not even in a completely cared for state.

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To all this is also added a gameplay video that takes us into the maze of Duke Nukem never released except in a version far from the original ideas of 3D Realms. You can find all the details and pictures of the original game at this address.

Duke Nukem Forever original 2001 build surfaces

A build of Duke Nukem Forever from 2001, back when 3D Realms was making the game, has surfaced online.

The footage and screenshots that have surfaced are from a version of the game shown to attendees at E3 2001. This version, which appeared on 4Chan, is apparently much more complete.

You can see the footage of the build running on Duke4.net, a Duke Nukem fan site. According to that site, there are a number of intriguing details in this build. “Almost every chapter is present in some form,” it reads. “All weapons are functional with the exception of the chainsaw and the freezer.”

For the Duke-devoted, this will be a treasure trove of what-ifs. Gearbox was the developer that eventually delivered the game, buying the IP in 2010.

Duke Nukem Forever was a very troubled game, indeed. It was first announced in 1997, but it released—after a protracted development purgatory—in 2011, on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. It was, by most accounts, a pretty crummy affair.

Reviewing the game for VideoGamer, Martin Gaston said:

“The nicest thing Gearbox and 2K Games could have done to Duke Nukem Forever would have been to spend their marketing budget on a cannon powerful enough to fire the source code into the sun.”

Duke Nukem Forever

on PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

The long awaited follow up to Duke Nukem 3D.

Release Date:

10 June 2011