Perhaps one of the most interesting and controversial episodes in the history of video games is the writing of a new episode in its history. Several new videos and comments on the forums confirm that there is a playable version of Duke Nukem Forever, as it was conceived in its second major public presentation; the version that so many fans have been waiting for years and whose screenshots and trailer have managed to keep the game’s anticipation going for an entire decade.
Those who have been around for a few years will remember Duke Nukem Forever as one of the most anticipated games for PC enthusiasts at the turn of the millennium. Not only because Duke Nukem 3D was one of the great titles of the last few years, but also because 3D Realms had raised the bar through the roof. First with the game’s official announcement, a powerful display of polygonal action and violence with motorized chases and gunfights aboard the Quake 2 engine; then, three years later, with a spectacular trailer that was one of the most memorable moments of E3 2001.
A trailer that has cracked FPS fans
At that time, the game had changed engine to adopt the first iteration of the Unreal Engine and the graphic leap was obvious: more advanced physics and lighting effects, scenarios with a high degree of realism like the one shown in Las Vegas, much more detailed faces. and expressive than in other games. It was technical fireworks, with a cinematic presentation and a sure promise of spectacle and fun. It seemed like a safe bet, but unfortunately the development was complicated, with George Broussard determined to seek a technical revolution that he never achieved. After going down with the ship in 2009, Gearbox bought the development scraps and the license to release their own version of the infamous Duke Nukem Forever.
Now, a real possibility seems to have presented itself to live this experiment promised in 2001, at least in part. A working version of the development in 2001 fell into the hands of the community and what we know about it is promising: all the chapters of the game present, with a non-negligible part playable and another playable but without enemies; almost all weapons available and working, including shrink ray, except chainsaw and freeze ray; and, especially important, the present and working level editor. It’s far from over, it has no end, but there’s enough content to use as a base.
In June we will know more
It was 2001 and many of us were surprised by this: Duke Nukem Forever, one of our most anticipated games. The future was there and kicked ass for lack of chewing gum, but we ran out of it, or maybe not? pic.twitter.com/qkLXWxWoa7
— Francisco Alberto (@faserranoacosta) May 9, 2022
Not only will we be able to see and play historical development, but the game editor and source code will be available, so in theory and assuming 2K and Gearbox’s lawyers allow it, the community itself could try to complete this version or make content linked to it. It is assumed that it will be June when all playable content will be released to the public, but in the meantime you can enjoy the new videos and screenshots, a gift for video game history buffs and Duke fans.