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Duke Nukem Forever release next year?

Duke Nukem Forever release next year?

Could Duke Nukem Forever see a release in Q3 2008? Only time will tell...

Duke Nukem Forever has become something of a joke in geeky cliques. The game was to be a sequel to 1997s much loved Duke Nukem 3D, which was built on the Build Engine by 3D Realms. Development of the game started in April that year and has been on-going ever since.

Since 1997, the game has changed drastically. It has switched from the Quake II engine to the Unreal engine, to Unreal II engine to a new engine which has been essentially rewritten. The current version still has parts of the Unreal II engine in it, but has been modified to support HDR, pixel shading and a load of other swanky bits and bobs. The physics engine also changed, from a Karma Engine to one designed by Mequon.

It was rumoured that the game had moved to the Doom 3 engine, but that turned out to be false. Very few bits of confirmed in-game footage have been released for the current build.

The constant engine switches have meant the game has been completely re-designed several times and that old footage of the game is no longer reliable. The game has been labelled as vapourware by pretty much everyone, having been in development for more than ten years now officially, and even longer unofficially.

Still, sources inside 3D Realms have suggested that the game will finally see a release on the modified Unreal II engine in Q3 next year, putting it in the same quarter as game-revivals like Fallout 3.

The Inquirer has got some comments from Voodoo Extreme, which says that enormous progress has been made on the game and that a load of the early levels have been put back into the gameplay. Apparently, a console version is in the pipe, a sequel is planned and there'll be more information next year.

Industry insider and rumour-monger extraordinaire, Surf Girl has also got a bit of a scoop, narrowing the release date down to Fall 2008 and indicating that the new king of vapourware after Duke sees a release will be Max Payne 3, which has been pushed back to 2009.

Skeptical or excited? Let us know what you think in the forums.

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spazmochad 27th November 2007, 12:16 Quote
Lets Rock!
DougEdey 27th November 2007, 12:17 Quote
Is that vapourware becoming reality?

Ah, no, my bad, it was just fog.
Jamie 27th November 2007, 12:23 Quote
I don't believe it, this game will never make it to our screens.
Paradigm Shifter 27th November 2007, 12:30 Quote
They've confirmed a sequel? I think they should concentrate on getting this game out the door first...
Bursar 27th November 2007, 12:32 Quote
Wait, they're planning a squel to a game that's already 10 years late? I suspect if we're lucky, our grandchildren will get to play it.
dom_ 27th November 2007, 12:37 Quote
boobs?
mikeuk2004 27th November 2007, 12:38 Quote
The delay has killed the game. I recon alot of people are going to be disapointed when and if it finally comes out.
will. 27th November 2007, 12:46 Quote
If that's a screenshot you've up there it looks worse than GTA :p
Nikumba 27th November 2007, 12:55 Quote
Its still amazing about the people who care more about the graphics than the gameplay. I will still buy this, and if the gfx are a bit poor who cares, aslong as the gameplay is amazing.

So often people turn their noses up at games that dont put they uber clocked quad core, sli beast under some kind of strain. For me good gameplay comes first followed by eyecandy

Kimbie
Paradigm Shifter 27th November 2007, 13:10 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nikumba
Its still amazing about the people who care more about the graphics than the gameplay. I will still buy this, and if the gfx are a bit poor who cares, aslong as the gameplay is amazing.

So often people turn their noses up at games that dont put they uber clocked quad core, sli beast under some kind of strain. For me good gameplay comes first followed by eyecandy

Kimbie

Ain't it the truth. Graphics are all very well, but if they're not backed up by a solid game... then when the next graphical marvel arrives, they're forgotten about.

I want to play this... but I'm not gonna hold my breath for the release date being accurate. ;)
CardJoe 27th November 2007, 13:18 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by will.
If that's a screenshot you've up there it looks worse than GTA :p

An old 2001 screenshot.
DXR_13KE 27th November 2007, 13:44 Quote
hmm.... next on the news, phantom successfully releases its console.

i wont hold my breath.... but.... when it comes out i will be sure to buy it.
will. 27th November 2007, 14:59 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nikumba
Its still amazing about the people who care more about the graphics than the gameplay. I will still buy this, and if the gfx are a bit poor who cares, aslong as the gameplay is amazing.

So often people turn their noses up at games that dont put they uber clocked quad core, sli beast under some kind of strain. For me good gameplay comes first followed by eyecandy

Kimbie

I was going to write something lengthy and clever, but I decided not too:

If you were having relations with a stunningly ugly girl/guy but their performance was excellent, would you still not be put off by the troglodyte looking dreamingly into your terrified eyes? Wouldn't you just prefer the best of both worlds? Or are you happy with the bag-over-face technique?

Of course the gameplay still matters, but after this long wouldn't you expect them to have at least tried to make it look pretty? I wouldn't own a wii if I didn't appreciate gameplay.
Bauul 27th November 2007, 15:23 Quote
I dunno, some vapourware has turned out to actually quite good. Prey was, what, 10 years in the making, and that ended up being quite good fun. Team Fortress 2 is great, and Max Payne was another. It was at least 4 years behind when it finally came out, and that was a genre definining masterpiece (disagree and I'll shoot you, very slowly, whilst spinning through the air).

Granted many extremely delayed games end up being shite (e.g. Daikatana), but in the grand scheme of things, just because a game is delayed doesn't mean it'll be automatically crap if, or when, it is finally released. If Duke 4 does eventually come out, I'll be more excited than sceptical, but granted, that's a very big if. That said, in the past few months the trickle of information has been actually quite positive. Yes it may all be lies, but what would they gain from pretending it's going well? 3D Realms fund themselves now, and free from the influence of any publisher, it might actually turn out to be something special.
CardJoe 27th November 2007, 15:55 Quote
Agree, but I'd be more skeptical. There's plenty of games which exist on the fringe of vaporware - DNF just boasted enough to get this rep.
speedfreek 27th November 2007, 17:05 Quote
I love the list of things that have happened since this game was announced.

At least Valve isn't this bad.
p3n 27th November 2007, 17:59 Quote
I hope they dont release it years after it should have been and it being horribly aged like stalker
heir flick 27th November 2007, 18:02 Quote
i will believe it when i see it
Bauul 27th November 2007, 18:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by p3n
I hope they dont release it years after it should have been and it being horribly aged like stalker

Stalker wasn't exactly that aged, it still needed quite an umphy computer to run it properly. I'd have liked to have seen people try to cope with running the game were it released a few years prior. I kind of wish with Stalker they'd taken another 6 months and just polished the rough edges off, it would have come out around August and still have been a perfectly acceptable game, graphics wise.
capnPedro 27th November 2007, 18:46 Quote
Quote:
Could Duke Nukem Forever see a release in Q3 2008?
Nah.
End of.


If it does, I'll rip off my head and **** down my neck...
But don't hold me to that.
Breach 27th November 2007, 19:24 Quote
Cool I guess, but 10 years later? Anyone even remember what Duke Nukem even is nowadays? I wont hold my breath as long as there are good games coming out that actually will come out before I die :)
automagsrock 27th November 2007, 19:43 Quote
I've got balls of steel...



I am praying this makes it out next year!! :crosses fingers:
Major 27th November 2007, 19:46 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by will.

If you were having relations with a stunningly ugly girl/guy but their performance was excellent, would you still not be put off by the troglodyte looking dreamingly into your terrified eyes? Wouldn't you just prefer the best of both worlds? Or are you happy with the bag-over-face technique?

Of course the gameplay still matters, but after this long wouldn't you expect them to have at least tried to make it look pretty? I wouldn't own a wii if I didn't appreciate gameplay.

ROFL!!!

You cannot compare graphics/gameplay to sexiness/attitude of a girl.

If you can though, you need help. :)

One game which graphics doesn't matter at all is Live for Speed, graphics is med, but gameplay is 100% amazing.
13eightyfour 27th November 2007, 20:26 Quote
ill believe it when i see it, if it does finally make it to the shelves i rekon it should sell well, i mean everyones going to want a copy just to see what 10years of developement plays like?
KoenVdd 27th November 2007, 22:37 Quote
BTW that screenshot came from a April fools joke on some site, claiming to have a leaked build, and that DNF was a ajax browser game. Don't know what site that was again, but this screenshot is definitely not from DNF.

found it, it was ars technica http://arstechnica.com/reviews/games/forever.ars
chrisb2e9 28th November 2007, 05:56 Quote
I think they called it duke nukem forever for a reason.
CanadianViking 28th November 2007, 06:42 Quote
Some hope guys! Remember the good ol' days? Of kicking ass and chewing bubblegum? We need to get those back!

WE NEED TO BELIEVE!
Kurayamino 29th November 2007, 23:15 Quote
I gave up caring about it along time ago! Duke Nukem: Never wil be the sequel I'm sure
EternalIllusion 30th November 2007, 19:51 Quote
Hah. I wonder how much money has been put into the development all together. No one ever seems to bring it up, but I don't know how they are still pushing on with it.
tornadolphin 4th December 2007, 02:10 Quote
If this game actually has been in development for as long as they say it has, can you imagine how much the development costs would have been? Btw, here's a theory about where the Duke has been all along. It all makes perfect sense...

http://godmodeonline.com/d/20070924.html
knuck 4th December 2007, 03:26 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Major
ROFL!!!

You cannot compare graphics/gameplay to sexiness/attitude of a girl.

If you can though, you need help. :)

One game which graphics doesn't matter at all is Live for Speed, graphics is med, but gameplay is 100% amazing.


agreed ...... I mean , these days I play Gran Turismo 2 on my pc (emulation, of course) and it looks so bad that sometimes I can't even tell what model the car behind me is..... but it's fun ! it's actually 10 times better than the previous two NFS (before pro street, which i didnt try)
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