The model of Duke Nukem Perpetually showcased at E3 in 2001 is tied into probably the most notorious growth hell tales within the historical past of the business—which culminated, after 15 years of growth, in a 2011 recreation with a design and tone that felt woefully out of contact. However curiosity across the recreation’s extremely protracted growth endures, and evidently the die-hard Duke group will lastly get their fingers on that long-lost E3 construct of the sport.
By way of Duke4.net, a leaker going by the title ‘x0r’ uploaded photos and gameplay footage to 4Chan, claiming that they had been from the E3 2001 construct of Duke Nukem Perpetually. Because the leak George Broussard, Duke Nukem creator and lead venture supervisor for many of Perpetually’s growth, has confirmed on Twitter that the footage is certainly actual, although additionally says he isn’t notably eager to drudge up recollections of the sport’s messy growth:
Sure, the leak appears to be like actual. No, I’m not likely fascinated with speaking about it or retreading a painful previous. It’s best to closely mood expectations. There is no such thing as a actual recreation to play. Only a smattering of barely populated take a look at ranges. I’ve no data who leaked this.May 9, 2022
Wanting on the footage, the sport appears to be like stable, if sort of uninspired. Essentially the most complete clip exhibits Duke blasting his method by a strip membership, capturing what look like SWAT officers and gun turrets. My query from that is: the place are all of the pig cops and different enjoyable aliens? It appears to be like like some sort of squiggly tentacle issues burst from the lifeless SWATsters—suggesting that they are in all probability alien-possessed ultimately – nevertheless it would not look practically as vibrant or playful because the legendary Duke Nukem 3D.
One other notable characteristic is that Duke has an ‘Ego’ meter that refills upon killing enemies, which appears to perform a bit in a different way to the shield-replacement Ego meter within the 2011 model. A couple of extra gameplay clips have since appeared on YouTube, exhibiting Duke driving a motorcycle through a tunnel in addition to a showcase of the weapons within the recreation.
The leaker reaffirms Broussard’s assertion that the construct they bought their fingers on may be very a lot unfinished, however provides that “nearly each chapter is current in some type. An enormous chunk is playable, an enormous chunk is block-outs with no enemies.” X0r says that they plan to launch the supply code and editor for the construct in June.
So it appears to be like just like the Duke is making a comeback (of types), and as a fan of his early work, I am intrigued. The entire Duke character—along with his outmoded stylings and nostalgic attraction—appears higher suited to the mod scene reasonably than mainstream, and it will be fascinating if the discharge of this construct can provide him a little bit of an underground revival. This construct could find yourself being “only a smattering of barely populated take a look at ranges”, as Broussard places it, however additionally it is nothing lower than the Holy Grail for Nukem followers—who actually have been ready ceaselessly.