An unpublished version of the infamous Duke Nukem is seemingly leaking forever

The released version of the 2001 Duke Nukem Forever has apparently leaked to the internet, apparently showing the game’s four years in its turbulent development.

Duke Nukem Duke4 fan page has shared details from a 4Chan post that ostensibly shows a snapshot of the gameplay and a few screenshots of what is essentially a completely different game compared to a possible 2011 release.

The 2001 version – of which the “huge part” can obviously be played – looks more like the previous game, the 1996 Duke Nukem 3D, than the Forever we eventually got in 2011.

The leak reportedly made an editor to make this version of Duke Nukem Forever work and plans to release the full version in June.

Almost every level is present in some form according to the revelation, although some with missing enemies and other content, and most weapons are also fully functional.

Content from the 2001 E3 trailer is also reportedly playable, the last time fans saw this version of the game before it was delayed again and again.

The final version was not released for another decade, making a total of 14 years of development, and Duke Nuke Forever suffered one last delay before launching in June 2011. Suffice it to say that the final version was not well received.

In our 5/10 review, IGN said, “There’s some stupid fun in Duke Nuke Forever, but the game tries to make sure it’s only fleeting.”

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers tweeting @thelastdinsdale. He’ll be talking about The Witcher all day.

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