Fan-made Duke Nukem: Next Gen gets OK - Uses Bioshock platform
Can't wait forever for Duke Nukem Forever? How about a Duke 3D update, free? Picture: IGN
A FREE fan-made remake of the seminal Duke Nukem: 3D has been given the go-ahead by its original developers and current copyright holders, with a multiplayer demo is timetabled for "sooner than you think".
Making the announcement on the official Duke Nukem Forever forum, the project's lead designer Frederik Schreiber unveiled his project, provisionally titled Duke Nukem: Next-Gen, remaking the 1996 classic using the modern tech behind games such as Gears of War, Mass Effect, and BioShock.
Schreiber's team mocked up a test level and sent pictures to the two co-founders of 3D Realms, who made Duke Nukem: 3D.
That convinced Gearbox Software, now developing Duke Nukem Forever, to get on board and ask their publisher to give Mr Schreiber the okay for a remake.
The team is looking for help not just in testing the PC game, but also in making it, with a call for talented artists, coders and animators sent out.
The original Duke Nukem: 3D, patched for Windows XP, Vista and 7, is still available from Good Old Games.