Duke Nukem 3D Remake Gets a Green Light

A remake for the original Duke Nukem 3D is currently in the works using the Unreal Development Kit (UDK). Earlier we reported that a modder by the name of fresch began development on the mod. However, he wasn’t sure how far he could go and if the project would get shutdown. As a result fresch explored contacts associated with Duke Nukem Forever. After discussing the project with 3d realms and Gearbox, fresch was given a personal noncommercial license to continue the project. Below is fresch’s official statement, which outlines the process he went through in order to get the mod approved.

A few weeks ago, i played with the idea of a Duke Nukem 3D revision, made on Unreal Engine 3 Tech. Knowning that every other Duke project, not based on 3Drealms own technology (Build), has been knifed and cancelled, i didnt think it was possible to do.

But i still went for the idea and made a “Test” map, of what it might look like. Afterwards i took some screenshots, posted them on this board, for everyone to see – And all hell broke loose! Suddently the “News” of a Next-Gen remake, was all over the internet, even though the development wasnt approved by either Gearbox or 3Drealms.

I contacted George Brussard and Scott Miller, to start a conversation about the project – The shots managed to convice Scott Miller to a certain degree – But the project was only doable if Take-Two would approve it.

Thinking that Gearbox might have a better relationship to Take-Two, than 3Drealms, i contacted AdamF, who passed me through to PJ Putnam, Vice President and General Counsel of Gearbox Software.

Luckily Gearbox was interested in supporting the project, which resulted in a personal non-commercial license to Duke Nukem.

Currently the project is under development and fresch now has a team to help him out. Furthermore, the remake is called Duke Nukem: Next Gen, but fresch notes that this could change later on in the development process. This mod looks like it will definitely make fans proud to say “always bet on Duke!”

Source: .gearboxsoftware.com