All Out of Gum — Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction is Coming
It took 14 long, Vaporware Award-winning years for Duke Nukem Forever to arrive. It appears it won’t take nearly as long for the next installment in the over-the-top shooter franchise.
Eurogamer directs us to a new website called All Out of Gum, which quietly went up on January 31. The site features an image with Duke’s favorite brand of chewing gum, Kick-Ass, and a countdown clock set to expire at noon Eastern on February 25.
But why wait 22 days when there’s an Internet? There’s alien text posted on the teaser’s Facebook page, and it’s already been cracked by fans on the Duke 4 forums. The coded message reveals Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction, a top-down action-RPG coming to PC and the PlayStation 4. Here’s the relevant text:
The king makes his next generation debut in Duke Nuke: Mass Destruction. A top-down action role-playing game for PC and PlayStation. Duke Nukem kicks ass across planets in an unreal engine-powered galactic adventure to save the president from an apocalyptic alien threat. All new enemies. A never before seen arsenal of devastating weaponry and series-first mechanics, including experience points and tech trees, will let Duke rip ‘em a new one in a way he never has before.
The teaser site indicates Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction is the work of publisher 3D Realms and developer Interceptor, the studio behind the Rise of the Triad remake. You might recall that Interceptor got its start as a group of modders working on a remake of Duke Nukem 3D called Duke Nukem 3D: Reloaded. Work on Reloaded was eventually halted to make way for Gearbox’s launch of Duke Nukem Forever.
I’m a big top-down action-RPG fan, but I’m not so sure XP, weapon unlocks, and tech trees fit what I think of as the core Duke Nukem experience. Definitely up for finding out, though.