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Next-gen machines are set to get a Duke Nukem game that includes all the things players loved about the original Duke Nukem 3D: post-apocalyptic smarm, pig-cops with faces just waiting to be shot out, and enough poor-man's-Bruce-Campbell dialogue to fill a DVD. Not to mention all the level maps, weapons and events of the original Duke Nukem 3D. How to deliver such an authentic Duke 3D experience, given the less-than-stellar reception for the upgraded Duke Nukem Forever? The answer’s clear. Just remake the original Duke Nukem 3D.
Danish studio Interceptor Entertainment's Duke Nukem 3D: Reloaded has been given the go-ahead on a non-commercial basis by Gearbox Software. Duke Nukem voice actor Jon St. John has been busy recording all-new dialogue for the title. Knocked together with Unreal Engine 3, the remake first took the shape of what lead designer Barry Cogan calls “a near pixel perfect copy” of the first level, Hollywood Holocaust, before the team realized this simply wouldn't fly in next-gen 3D: “It felt cramped, small and even more dated.”
Above: You can find out more about Duke Nukem 3D: Reloaded at Interceptor Entertainment’s official site
The remake now aims to recreate the original, with concessions to advances in technology and game design where applicable, such as vehicle sequences and scripted events involving NPCs. The game, which will also feature an extensive multiplayer component, is slated for release later in 2011. Interested?
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