Playable build for cancelled ‘Duke Nukem 3D: Reloaded’ appears online

A playable version of Duke Nukem 3D: Reloaded appeared online, more than a decade after the remake was suspended and ultimately cancelled.

Entitled “test-version 0.001”, the version of Duke Nukem 3D: Reloaded included a handful of quirky maps like Hollywood Holocaust and gave players the ability to play multiplayer tournaments with bots.

As reported by Gamer on PCthe x0r_jmp leak group is also responsible for sharing a version of Duke Nukem forever last May and in recent weeks leaked canceled 2D platformer Duke Nukem 4Evera prototype fighter-based shooter Duke Nukem: Endangered Species as well as a pitch for a defeat duke movie.

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In 2010, Interceptor Entertainment announced that they were working on a remake of Duke Nukem 3D. The fan-driven project quickly received a blessing from Gearbox Software, which acquired the rights to the series in 2009.

However the following year, Duke Nukem 3D: Reloaded was put on hold after the eventual release of Duke Nukem forever. “Gearbox Software, told us that Duke reloadedhad attracted too much press and fan attention,” project manager Frederik Schreiber wrote in a blog post in 2012. “We were required to remove all media related to Reloaded, from our website and Facebook. We were also told not to talk about it anymore.

Interceptor Entertainment was told it could still work Reloaded by Gearbox, but the studio could not tell them if it would “allow the game to be released”.

“I have to put the project on hold, until you can give us a definitive answer,” Schreiber replied.

Last summer, the original co-founders of 3D Realms (the studio behind Duke Nukem and Prey) had a very public clash over the downfall of the studio, which was sold to Interceptor Entertainment in 2014.

“While our games love Max Payne and Prey kept the company afloat, Duke Nukem forever was a constant money drain on the company and ultimately killed the original 3D Realms,” Scott Miller wrote.

“Scott is a clueless narcissist whose actions are causing the Gearbox combinations/friction that caused us to lose 3D Realms & the Duke Nukem IP,” replied George Broussard. “It’s mind-blowing the nonsense he vomits.”

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