5/9/2022 at 2:21 p.m
A 4Chan forum user leaked a nearly completed version of flopped 2001 shooter Duke Nukem Forever. The game is said to have been almost finished at the time, but the developers were probably struggling with technical problems with the engine.
Duke Nukem Forever is arguably one of the biggest disappointments in video game history. When the title, whose release after 14 years of development hardly anyone had believed, finally appeared in 2011, fans expected a half-baked shooter that could not even begin to build on the legendary Duke Nukem 3D. What many fans didn’t know at the time: Actually, Duke Nukem Forever was almost completely developed in 2001.
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Duke Nukem Forever was supposed to be a dark shooter with RPG elements
Frederik Schreiber, a manager at 3D Realms, recently revealed on the developer studio’s Discord server that the shooter was already 90 percent complete at the time. The game should have a much darker tone and come with RPG elements and a quest hub. 25 levels and 12 maps for a multiplayer mode already existed when the developers encountered serious technical problems in 2002: the rendering for the light and shadow effects of the new engine was not compatible with the static textures and the developers could almost finish it throw the game in the bin.
While official footage of this game version is no longer available on Youtube, a 4Chan user has now leaked various information and footage of the 2001 version. According to the leaker, a big part of Duke is Nukem Forever (buy now )(2001) was actually playable, complete with working weapons and an editor. According to him, the version was based on Unreal Engine 1, like the final game. Leaked screenshots show various game environments, including a subway tunnel, a strip club, a casino and an outdoor area. We also see a few gameplay scenes including a shootout in said strip club in a video.
Fans on 4Chan have had mixed feelings about the material shown, but some are hoping that this version of Duke Nukem Forever will still see the light of day. In any case, the leaker claims to want to publish the complete build including the editor in June 2022. We are excited.