Gregor Punchatz has shared a video from a vertical slice CG demo of a canceled Duke Nukem game, Duke Nukem Begins. According to Punchatz, Gearbox began working on this Duke Nukem game in 2008. However, and without the public knowing anything about it, the company decided to cancel it.
As Punchatz said:
“In 2008, when I was working for the good folks at Janimation in Dallas Tx, we were hired by Gearbox to create a vertical slice (an animated version of what the game will look like) for the game “Duke Nukem Begins”, a Duke origin story.
I headed up this project, as the director at Janimation, and did a lot of the character development, including the design and modeling of Duke. We poured everything we had into making the most awesome cinematic Janimation had ever created. But unfortunately, we got word that Gearbox canceled the game due to the legal issues with Duke Nukem at the time.”
From the looks of it, Duke Nukem Begins would feature a co-op mode with up to four players. It would also be a third-person shooter (instead of an FPS). Naturally, the game would also feature most weapons and enemies from Duke Nukem 3D.
Now I don’t know about you, but this doesn’t really feel like a Duke Nukem game to me. So yeah, I’m not that upset about its cancelation.
Go ahead and take a look!