Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Duke Nukem: D-Day revealed?

By Tor Thorsen, GameSpotPosted Nov 30, 2009 5:21 pm PT

Mysterious Facebook tender teases what looks aforementioned a newborn entry in the catchphrase-spouting expert series; is it a rebranded Duke Nukem Forever, the Gearbox title, or such ado most nothing?

Source: Ubiquitous social-networking place Facebook.

What we heard: Earlier this year, the 12-year-long Duke Nukem Forever saga came to an modify when developer 3D Realms laid soured almost its entire utilization team. Today, though, rumors that a newborn broadcast haw be in the entireness began to circulate, thanks to a newborn Facebook strikingness of the cigar-chomping, catchphrase-spouting hero.

The profile, which appears to hit been created terminal week, appears to be part of a viral marketing crusade to promote a newborn game, Duke Nukem D-Day. After posting the vexer status "Duke Nukem doesn't meet down for long," the profile's chief posted a screenshot (pictured top) of what appears to be a screen of the game, which shows a helmeted shirker actuation a search at a towering ogre exclusive a sports stadium.

The Duke Nukem D-Day vexer imageÂ….

The environs appears to be the aforementioned digit glimpsed in leaked Duke Nukem Forever footage which surfaced this time May. (The trailer, which is viewable below, contains short nudity and secular language--viewer sagacity is advised.) So is Duke Nukem D-Day a rebranded edition 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 fellow before utilization was suspended?

Â…looks a aggregation aforementioned that seen in leaked footage of Duke Nukem Forever.

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

Bogus or not bogus?: Unclear. Given marketers' love with low-cost ethnic media campaigns, the Facebook tender certainly could be part of a grass-roots PR crusade for an upcoming Duke Nukem game. Given the near-identical similarity between the ikon and the leaked video, the mettlesome could rattling well be a rebranded edition of Duke Nukem Forever, the denomination for which was a word for vaporware throughout its development.

Unfortunately, even if the Facebook tender is part of an authorised crusade for a newborn game, there's lowercase quantity of the flat-topped protagonist blasting aliens anytime soon. The Duke Nukem authorise is currently at the center of a heated jural disagreement between 3D Realms parent Apogee Software, which retains ownership of the Duke Nukem IP, and Take-Two Interactive, which lays verify to Duke Nukem Forever's business rights. Is the study modify a way to side-step the Duke Nukem Forever business contracts wording? Time will tell.

[WARNING: Video contains coarse module and short nudity--viewer sagacity is advised.]

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