Gearbox gives the go-ahead to fan-made Duke Nukem 3D remake

Some companies get all tiffy when one of their beloved franchises is honored by well-meaning fans. We're not convinced that fan-made games do anything to confuse consumers, so it seems to us that it's just needless litigiousness that gets them the 'ol cease and desist. But Take-Two Interactive and Gearbox Software don't roll like that. At least, not in this case.

Gearbox, the new developer of Duke Nukem: Forever, has given the "it's cool, bro" to a fan project which aims to remake Duke Nukem 3D with Unreal Engine 3 tech. The project, tentatively called Duke Nukem: Next Gen, was initiated by Frederik "Fresch" Schreiber, who first made a test level to see if it could be done.

Schreiber then contacted Duke Nukem creators George Brussard and Scott Miller. Miller was impressed, but the project couldn't move forward without permission from Take-Two. Schreiber then got in touch with PJ Putnam, Vice President and General Counsel of Gearbox Software. Gearbox cracked its knuckles, got out its scribin' pen, and gave Schreiber a personal non-commercial license to Duke Nukem. What a bunch of 'ol softies!

The project has only just congealed, so there's not much to see yet, but we wish Schreiber and his team the best of luck. Duke Nukem: Next Gen will be available "when it's done."

Before you go, check out this video of the remake's early progress:

Oct 15, 2010


  • Slaanash - October 17, 2010 4:10 a.m.

    ventanger: After all, it's not like Starcraft or Warcraft 3 have large, free modding communities.
  • SwampRock - October 16, 2010 9:02 p.m.

    I've been asking my friends to help me form a mod team for a while now, but sadly none of them are very confident. So I'm just workin on my happy little SC2 mod for now.
  • space_cakes - October 16, 2010 3:13 p.m.

    Oh shiz! This reminds me: I need to do my bi-annual check on Black Mesa Source.
  • CreeplyTuna - October 16, 2010 1:43 p.m.

    would very much like to play this
  • shadowreaper72 - October 16, 2010 2:45 a.m.

    This gives me hope that there will be a fan made sonic game like in some previous articles gr did
  • Larinah - October 16, 2010 1:19 a.m.

    Maybe this will be done before Forever comes out so the hardcore Duke fans will have something to tide them over until then!
  • Blasto - October 15, 2010 11:06 p.m.

    "dude's gonna need help" The guy has already assembled a team.
  • ventanger - October 15, 2010 10:29 p.m.

    @Pepperette It's not a mod, it's a stand-alone game that just uses the UT3 engine
  • Pepperette - October 15, 2010 10:28 p.m.

    I have UT3 on the PS3, I assume I can get this mod onto there right?
  • ventanger - October 15, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    Oh no, I understand more than most. I was heavy in the HL mod scene even before CS was being worked on.... maybe my pessimism comes from none of those mods ever making it gold, but I have a bitter aversion to doing work without any payment.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - October 15, 2010 10:26 p.m.

    This is the kind of reaction we need for fanmade games. Kudos, Gearbox!
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - October 15, 2010 10:22 p.m.

    @ventanger Actually, he has tons of help. His team is listed on the thread: Plenty of people enjoy making games and mods as hobbyists. Some are later hired to be professional developers. Where do you think Counter-Strike came from? Pessimist!
  • g4m3rk1dd - October 15, 2010 10:18 p.m.

    "Hah, dude's gonna need help... and it's going to be a bit tough to get it with a non-commercial license. That means no profit kiddies." ill bet he DOES get it done alone...
  • ventanger - October 15, 2010 10:12 p.m.

    Hah, dude's gonna need help... and it's going to be a bit tough to get it with a non-commercial license. That means no profit kiddies.
  • FreddiexKruegerxinxmyxWetxDreams - October 15, 2010 10:04 p.m.

    Good stuff

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