The Original Duke Nukem Forever Has Leaked Online

A 4Chan poster seems to have somehow gotten a hold of a mostly complete, playable build of the original Duke Nukem Forever game that was announced all the way back in 2001.
The Game Boasted A 14-Year Development Period
For those of you not in the know, Duke Nukem Forever has one of the most storied development histories in all of gaming. It was originally announced all the way back in 1997 right after the massive success of 3D Realms' smash-hit Duke Nukem 3D in 1996. In fact, 3D Realms decided to fund the development of Forever with the profits from Duke Nukem 3D instead of taking money from a publisher.

At the time, 3D Realms was developing the game on the Quake II gaming engine. However, in 1998 the team decided to switch the development over to the brand new Unreal Engine because the game's co-creator, George Broussard, had become obsessed with the game being cutting edge. So much so that just a year later they restarted the development of the game again, switching it over to the newer version of Unreal Engine.

By 2001, the game was still not nearly done, but the team showed off a demo at that year's E3. The public was excited but skeptical. The game continued on with development until 2006 - 9 years after it began development - when the team yet again decided to restart development and hire a new creative director. By 2009, the studio had run out of money and most of the team had left. Unable to secure more funding, Broussard laid off the entire development team and sold the rights to the Duke Nukem franchise to Gearbox Studios.

The game was completed by a new team that did not involve Broussard, and in 2011 - after 14 years of development - Duke Nukem Forever was released. And...people did not like it. The game was critically and commercially panned, and people moved on.

Now, the original game that was being worked on all those years ago has leaked. The build appears to be just a series of test levels and tech demos - far from a completed game - and yet the 4Chan user claims they are working on an editor that will make the entire game playable and then they'll release it to the public for free.

So is this build real? Well, according to the series co-creator George Broussard it seems to be. He commented on the leak in a recent tweet:

"Yes, the leak looks real. No, I’m not really interested in talking about it or retreading a painful past. You should heavily temper expectations. There is no real game to play. Just a smattering of barely populated test levels. I have no knowledge who leaked this."

So do you want to try out the uncovered 2001 build and see what could have been?
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