The 2001 version of Duke Nukem Forever is something that a lot of PC fans would like to play. And from the looks of it, this may actually happen in the near future. Earlier today, two gameplay clips surfaced from that cancelled version.
These new gameplay clips showcase the casino area that was featured in the 2001 gameplay trailer. Now while these clips originate from 4Chan, the look pretty legit. And if they are not, then we can at least give kudos to the one who made them look so authentic.
Back in 2018, Frederik Schreiber, VP at 3DRealms, claimed that the 2001 version of Duke Nukem Forever was 90% complete. The 2001 version packed 14-16 hours of gameplay and it played partly as an RPG in terms of goals. Players basically had Mission Objectives on their HUD and they could activate them, like quests. Furthermore, you also had an inventory with ID badges, keycards, etc.
In Duke Nukem Forever 2001, players meet and save NPCs, solve puzzles, and try and solve the mystery of what’s going on. Then they meet the infected EDF who’s attacking them and the story evolves from there.
Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford has stated that Gearbox is working on acquiring a license so that they can include the 2001 build in a new package for Duke Nukem Forever. Unfortunately, we haven’t heard anything about this since March 2018.
It will be interesting to see whether Gearbox is finally able to release Duke Nukem Forever 2001 to the public. Until we have more details about it, you can go ahead and enjoy the following gameplay clips!