For those who were in awe by Duke Nukem Forever’s E3 trailer back in 2001, you may now be getting closer to playing an actual polished build of it.
The Duke Nukem Forever Restoration Project is a fan made of the unreleased 2001 build of Duke Nukem Forever. The 2001 build was leaked by a user named x0r_jmp on 4chan; an internet message board. Despite the 2001 leaked build being “playable,” it was certainly not polished and the original developers still had miles away from completing the game. This is where the Restoration Project is designed to fulfill. It is for those who been wanting to play 2001 build of Duke Nukem Forever, but it was never officially released during its inception. The original developers behind the game, 3D Realms, would eventually scrap this version for another one in the development cycle.
In 2011, Duke Nukem Forever was officially released on June 10. The game was met with unfavorable to mixed reviews by game critics and users alike. IGN stated the game to be “a muddled, hypocritical exercise in irritation with solid shooting mechanics and decent encounter design.”
The original Duke Nukem Forever build was running on the Quake II engine until the 2001 version adapted the Unreal Engine. The 2011 build would also be released while using the same engine. The 2011 version was developed by 3D Realms until Borderlands developer Gearbox acquired the Duke Nukem IP to finish the development of the game back in 2010.
The Duke Nukem Forever Restoration Project will be playable on December 21 on Moddb. The modders have stated that players will be playing the first chapter of Duke Nukem Forever 2001.