Gearbox has given permission to fans looking to develop a revamp of Duke Nukem 3D using Unreal Engine 3.
According to a post over on the official Gearbox forums, the independently developed game is being called Duke Nukem: Next-Gen as a placeholder, and it’s a “re-vision of Duke Nukem 3D” should it have been made today.
Once finished, it will include both a single-player and multiplayer campaign for free.
It all started with “fresch” creating a test map and posting screenshots on the Gearbox forums. The creator contacted 3D Realms’ George Brussard, Scott Miller and PJ Putnam, the vice president and general counsel of Gearbox.
The result was Gearbox being interested enough to offer the creator a personal non-commercial license to Duke Nukem in order to complete the project.
The team still has quite a bit of work ahead of them, but you can check out what it has done so far in the video below.
No date on it yet, but Duke Nukem Forever is out next year on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.