Project lead Frederik "Fresch" Schreiber has received
a non-commercial license to proceed with Duke Nukem: Next-Gen,
his Unreal Engine 3-powered Duke Nukem 3D
remake. Fresch secured the license in just under three weeks after his first announcement
-- a credit to rights holder
Gearbox's openness to share the franchise with the community -- and has aleady assembled a team of nine other contributors (though he is still "hiring" for a number of positions).
Fresch, who abandoned similar "next-gen" remakes of Daikatana
(too unpopular) and SIN
(shut down by MumboJumbo), has plans to release a public multiplayer demo of Duke Nukem: Next-Gen
"sooner than you think." Of course, the full version will be released "when it's done" -- and he notes that "Duke Nukem: Next-Gen"
is, wisely, just a codename.
Check out the freeware project's first test video after the break.