Leaked version of Duke Nukem Forever from 2001 can now be downloaded

When the 2001 E3 version of Duke Nukem Forever leaked online the other day, emerging from his beer-smelling ’90s strip club masked by half a package of Hubba Bubba, it piqued our curiosity. Sure, the build was obviously incomplete and buggy, but maybe at least it could have helped us visualize a timeline where Duke Nukem Forever came out in the early 2000s and was actually fine, rather than the head-on-hand embarrassment. we had with the 2011 game.

The leaker for the 2001 version initially said they planned to release it in June, but it turns out they couldn’t wait that long and we found out – via Kotaku – that it’s available for download now from the Internet Archive (complete with the Unreal Editor used to create the maps). originals, source code, and for some reason the entire 4Chan thread where it was initially revealed).

To be clear, this is nowhere near what you would consider a game: it’s a construction in progress that was never intended for the public. It’s apparently a bit complicated to work with, but on the Reddit thread for the build there are some people talking about getting it to render at the correct resolution, removing the d3d8 wrapper and other tips to make it playable.

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(Image credit: 3D Realms)

While almost everyone agrees that the build is extremely rough and little more than a vertical slice, players are reporting some interesting ideas out there. Redditor TM2P mentions things like interactive in-game touchscreens, parasite-infected civilians and zombies, a Bioshock-style ‘Pipe Dream’ hack, and a thriller sequel where you have to escort a civilian through the darkness. Oh, and a dedicated ‘piss’ button, of course (which I shake my head at now, but no doubt a 14-year-old me in 2001 would have found the most hilarious thing in the world).

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