One of the most famous gaming long-term projects, the shooter Duke Nukem Forever turned out to be completely different from what the developer promised during the announcement. During 15 years of “production hell”, the project changed the developer, engine, etc. – and as a result, in 2011, a completely different game was released.
But the achievements of 3D Realms remained – you could see them in the famous trailer, which the developer with fanfare demonstrated at E3 2001. Hackers once stole early builds of the game, and now a team of fans called Mighty Foot Productions is working on an ambitious project: to finish what 3D Realms failed to do, that is, to release the “original” Duke Nukem Forever of the 2001 model.
The project is called the Duke Nukem Forever 2001 Restoration Project and has been in development, if you believe the official description, for more than 20 years – since the same time as the leak of the images of the game. And now the developer has finally released the first version – First Slice Version. It contains the first chapter – 9 levels plus one secret, 12 types of weapons, a map editor and a network mode.
You can download the first version of Duke Nukem Forever 2001 Restoration Project at project page on Mod DB.