“Duke Nukem Forever Build From 2001′ – Leaked Online”
The version of Duke Nukem Forever released in 2011 on consoles and PC differs significantly from the one promoted by original creator 3D Realms. Fans sought a sequel to Duke Nukem 3D for years after the game’s great popularity, but behind-the-scenes conflict resulted in an endless development cycle and the implosion of the business that created the character. At E3 2001, one of the rare occasions the public saw the oft-delayed sequel in action, and the build from that demo may soon be available thanks to a leak.
According to Duke4.net, a leaker known as x0r on the infamous 4chan forum claims to have the game,
According to Duke4.net, a leaker known as x0r on the infamous 4chan forum claims to have the game, as well as the editor and source code, and he backs it up with multiple gameplay videos and screenshots. With all of this information plus a playable version of what was in production at the time, the Duke Nukem mod community could gather to make something playable out of this unique version of the game. Given the status of the game at the time, it may not have been much of a game at all. George Broussard, a co-founder of 3D Realms, stated that he believes the leak is authentic, however he questioned how viable this version of the game is.
“You should keep your expectations in check,” Broussard said. “You can’t play a real game.” “Only a few sparsely populated test levels.”
Scott Miller, the company’s creator, also commented on the company’s website, emphasising that the game was in terrible shape at the time and offering his take on the company’s misfortunes.
The Embracer Group owns Duke Nukem and the 3D Realms name, with Duke being under the supervision of Borderlands developer Gearbox Software. Outside of a cameo in a rerelease of Bulletstorm and the 2011 release of DNF, Gearbox has failed to properly resuscitate Duke in the current day, presumably due to how out of place his intentionally over-the-top character would feel in today’s cultural context. It’s currently unknown whether or not the cigar-chomping alien killer will ever be seen again.