Duke Nukem D-Day revealed?

Mysterious Facebook page teases what looks like a new entry in the catchphrase-spouting shooter series; is it a rebranded Duke Nukem Forever, the Gearbox title, or much ado about nothing?

Source: Ubiquitous social-networking site Facebook.

What we heard: Earlier this year, the 12-year-long Duke Nukem Forever saga came to an end when developer 3D Realms laid off almost its entire development team. Today, though, rumors that a new installment may be in the works began to circulate, thanks to a new Facebook profile of the cigar-chomping, catchphrase-spouting hero.

The profile, which appears to have been created last week, appears to be part of a viral marketing campaign to promote a new game, Duke Nukem D-Day. After posting the teaser status "Duke Nukem doesn't stay down for long," the profile's administrator posted a screenshot (pictured top) of what appears to be a screen of the game, which shows a helmeted soldier shooting a rifle at a towering monster inside a sports stadium.

The Duke Nukem D-Day teaser image…

The scene appears to be the same one glimpsed in leaked Duke Nukem Forever footage, which surfaced this past May. (The trailer, which is viewable below, contains brief nudity and profane language--viewer discretion is advised.) So is Duke Nukem D-Day a rebranded version of Duke Nukem Forever, which the still-extant 3D Realms retains the rights to? Or is it the Gearbox-developed "Duke Begins" game, which had a 2010 release date before development was suspended?

…looks a lot like that seen in leaked footage of Duke Nukem Forever.

The official story: Take-Two Interactive and 3D Realms did not return requests for comment. Reps for Gearbox declined to comment.

Bogus or not bogus?: Unclear. Given marketers' infatuation with low-cost social media campaigns, the Facebook page certainly could be part of a grass-roots PR campaign for an upcoming Duke Nukem game. Given the near-identical similarity between the image and the leaked video, the game could very well be a rebranded version of Duke Nukem Forever, the title for which was a synonym for vaporware throughout its development.

Unfortunately, even if the Facebook page is part of an official campaign for a new game, there's little chance of the flat-topped protagonist blasting aliens anytime soon. The Duke Nukem license is currently at the center of a heated legal dispute between 3D Realms parent Apogee Software, which retains ownership of the Duke Nukem IP, and Take-Two Interactive, which lays claim to Duke Nukem Forever's publishing rights. Is the name change a way to sidestep the wording in the Duke Nukem Forever publishing contracts? Time will tell.

[WARNING: Video contains coarse language and brief nudity--viewer discretion is advised.]

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288 comments
green_dominator
green_dominator

I really hope one day the legal battle that Duke is involved with will end and the development will produce something all Duke fans can be proud to celebrate. I mean back when Duke 3D came out it was released using a very dated game engine yet everyone loved it, I'm not saying I want them to cut the same kinds of corners this time just get it out there even as episodic content would be nice......

mr_wooz
mr_wooz

duke nukem forever is gona take forever :(

Tevi
Tevi

I WILL CUT and punch the dbags IN LINE TO GET THIS GAME HA HA

rustynailrdm
rustynailrdm

I need to play duke nukem....come on danmit release it!

-Dark_Palladin-
-Dark_Palladin-

This game will come out. I know it. And it will not be easy on those who have mocked it otherwise...

Flint247
Flint247

This game really does live up to its name...

Flint247
Flint247

Duke Nukem was fun at first, but too much crude humor. I'll pass.

Dima_06
Dima_06

The game looks good enough to release it in 2010. I hope that by the time this game does come out, I'll still be playing video-games and not doing more important in life...i.e. raising kids, paying mortgages and hosting dinner parties. I will always remember you Duke Nukem, just don't make us wait another 4-5 years. By that time the PS4, Xbox 720 and Wii2 HD will come out and 3D Realms will have to scrap the project all together again. Well, Happy New Year everyone and stay safe out there, it's a dangerous world we live in!

KingNabster
KingNabster

Ummm, they can't release it because it hasn't been completed. The developers are leaking this so they can generate fan interest, which they hope will leade Take 2, or another publisher to give them cash to finish the game. Take 2 actually offered them 2.5 million to finish it off, but they claim it cannot be finished with less than 6.5 million. The reason they had to go beg for this is because they spent 20 million dollars of their own personal cash on this game, and now they have run out of money, they being two dudes who created duke. The problem is the window to finish a game can be slim, take too long and the technology becomes obsolete and you gotta start all over again. Which is why it took so long to begin with Bosarrier, or whatever is name is, went insane with improvements, and basically has been playing technology catch up for a decade. Originally they built their own engine, then scrapped this for the Quake Engine when it came out. Then they scrapped years of work for the Unreal Engine, then again licensed the new Unreal Engine. Whenever, Brossard saw a new peice of technological innovation he demanded it be implemented in the the New Duke Nukem, the amazing thing is the guy never learnt his lesson, apparently even in 2007 he kept pushing for improvements, no end in sight. If he had the money it would've taken 20 years to finsih the game.

Ultramarinus
Ultramarinus

I do hope that Duke gets back to kick some booty. He's too cool to stay inactive.

Petercairns
Petercairns

That looks really sweet! GOOD DUKE!!

oneligas
oneligas

it's not like duke has to 1up halo,half-life, and CoD:MW2. he just has to tinkle on them

oneligas
oneligas

don't point at wolfenstein and compare it to duke. first the wolfenstien game was just not spectacular, not well advertised, not well timed, not hyped, plus if just get a contemporary product with duke and they make it fun and funny all else is forgotten.

Indiscrimi
Indiscrimi

@CubiclePwnerer Well, just look at what happened with Wolfenstein. Being part of a popular franchise is no guarantee of greatness. And after twelve years of development, there's no way that ANY game could live up to the expectations.

CubiclePwnerer
CubiclePwnerer

@emanwell who the hell are you to say that a sequel to such a beloved franchise will be mediocre? oh, im sorry, you mustve played through this game to come to the conclusion that it isnt that good... oh wait, this game doesnt exist, so you sir, are a moron.

emanwell
emanwell

You people that yearn for this game are such losers! This game will never come out, and even if it does it's not gonna be so great.

oneligas
oneligas

we need duke and hopefully he will poke fun at half-life, halo, CoD modern warfare in the game.

bangurdead1101
bangurdead1101

if it comes out, good if it doesn't come out, bad its sad to see what looks to be from the released video a game with potential, that said the video game probably won't last against the hype as some have mentioned BUT after so many years is there still hype around this game considering how long its been in development behind shut doors?

bigtruckseries
bigtruckseries

If the prolonged development of this game is an attempt to increase its hype to never-before-seen levels, then 3D realms has succeeded. Frankly, I want this game so bad I'm suffering for it. If they released it tonight for $100 and it got higher than a B rating, I'd be out there on line for it. But the biggest problem is the hesitation to release it. Everytime they look like they have a working product, its as if they scrap everything simply because something else on the market looks better. considering the competition right now is COD4:MW2 which pushes the 360 and PS3 to its limits, its hard to image DNF could look better or have faster paced action - but, I will say that the leaked gameplay footage has me excited and I really think this game could still do very well considering its focus on dirty humor and raunch. i really, really want this game.

HitmanDante
HitmanDante

@ thecraponahat That would be stunningly ironic

thecraponahat
thecraponahat

hahahaah! another 12 years ill be playing this on 2021 assuming the world wont end in 2012 hahahah!

spooky57571
spooky57571

Ive waited so long for this game that im not gonna hold my breath anymore, but if a release date is announced then im so gonna pre-oder it.

oneligas
oneligas

expectations should only be 1.look good 2.shoot bad guys 3.tell jokes 4.objectify women 5.call it a day

Rjs01007
Rjs01007

This game has been delayed so long it could never possibly live up to our expectations. It could be the greatest game ever released, and still be a disappointment.

Tylendal
Tylendal

Woo... look forward to this game in 2030. :p Okay, I jest. Seriously, if they can revive Duke Nukem, I'll be a happy.

medic4hire
medic4hire

Pigs in police uniform; gotta love it.

Aaryk
Aaryk

It can't get released, otherwise what would we have to joke about every time a game gets delayed? :P

laktobran
laktobran

who played duke in his life will w8 2 play duke again no matter the years of delays

pidow
pidow

The never ending story of this game is everlasting......when...when..when?.

Kitty_Fields
Kitty_Fields

Hoo boy. And the saga continues. I was never really a Duke fan (probably explained by the fact that I'm female), but hey... if the so-called Duke Nukem Forever gets released, then maybe pigs could fly someday. Jokes aside, it'd be nice to see it released.

ShroudedEagle
ShroudedEagle

Duke Nukem Forever... Cleverly named because it took forever to come out. Literally. So if this is indeed real, it comes to mind that the developers changed the name because they actually got somewhere with this game, and it won't take forever to come out after all.

maya1388
maya1388

pshhhh blow it out your ass

namdar
namdar

Man I remember PC Gamer did a 3 page spread on this game years ago! Highlighting all the cool graphics and what not, man that would be awesome if this game could be released, this is one of the grand daddy shooters, as well as 2d shooters. Remember commander keen?

ymarkman
ymarkman

Sweet. Hope they go through with it. At least the strippers are fully topless unlike GTAIV. Never really played Duke Nukem; seen it in action once, looked like a cool shooter. If they come through with this release, whatever it's called in the end, they better make it good; I would hate to see it crash.

Blackbird34
Blackbird34

LOL, I'm really doubting this will happen since we all know how Duke Nukem Forever turned out (it didn't). Also, that second pic they posted is not leaked footage from DN Forever. It looks like the battle in Duke Nukem 3D where you are fighting a giant alien in a football stadium.

theBeorn
theBeorn

lol really, who gives a crap about this game anymore?

otanikun
otanikun

Well from what I understand there was supposed to be two different DN games coming out for the PSP and DS respectively, but no new information has come out since it's annoucement earlier this year or last year, I can't remember anymore. But I'm 99.999% sure that those games are crap and so is this D-Day game, I mean, if it is indeed DNF they need to keep it and put extra emphasis on FOREVER, rather than rebrand the name by taking out Forever and putting D-Day instead; or it could be Duke Nukem Forever, with the subtitle of, D-Day. I can't be sure of anything coming from 3D Realms anymore, I lost faith about 9 years back and since it's resurfacing last year or the year before that yet again, it's been nothing but disappointment after disappointment; the game now is simply more amazing than I would have ever imagined, the graphics are stunning, the animation is extremely fluid and boss battles look a hell of alot of fun. But if this turns out to be another farce in the chapter that is the greatest vaporware game ever developed, I'll get all pissy about it and get over it soon after.

Stats_
Stats_

The saga continues ...

dakingkaiser
dakingkaiser

I think we'll play this game on a 3D television...

john_doe2
john_doe2

I hope that a Duke game will be released....someday. I am tired of modern shooters that try hard to be serious but end up being corny and sucky. Just focus on hard core action. Forget complex stories and dynamic characters and all that crap. Leave that to Half-Life. When need more games that are more of the old style like Doom, Quake, and Duke.

Reciprocation
Reciprocation

I wouldn't believe it even if they handed me a published copy of the game. Duke Nukem games are too much of an industry inside joke.

danopix
danopix

The world is dying for some politically incorrect entertainment. That's why there is such a life or death struggle for the rights.

russian_takeout
russian_takeout

who they gonna sell it to? it would look great 7 years ago, when they had fan base and everything. now days, go try to compete with modern FPS.

not_wanted
not_wanted

Great, another 12 years of waiting. lol