Just under a month ago, Duke Nukem Forever 2001 leaked, which has long been considered a holy grail and virtually unattainable for Duke Nukem fans. For those not in the know, I'm not talking about 2011's Duke Nukem Forever, but 2001's Duke Nukem Forever build. Basically, the game was in development for about fourteen years and went through multiple engines and builds. That's why the Duke Nukem Forever 2001 Restoration Mod is so exciting, because Duke Nukem fans have long thought that the 2001 version was the best chance of getting the best version of Duke Nukem Forever... and it looks like they might be right.
Why is the Duke Nukem Forever 2001 Restoration Mod exciting?
Because Duke Nukem Forever 2001 is a great game that wasn't finished. There were a lot of features in this version that didn't come to other games until years later, and that can perhaps be shown by the infamous trailer E3 2001 trailer:
It's a fantastic trailer that still works nearly 21 years later, and the Duke Nukem Forever 2001 Restoration Mod looks to try and give Duke Nukem fans the game they've been waiting over a quarter-century for. Right now they're working on finishing and polishing the first chapter of the game, 'Lady Killer', with many major and small fixes already developed. These include a proper hair fix and making progress on creating a new DirectX 9 renderer. Whether the volunteer "studio" will succeed is up in the air, but so far it looks pretty good:
That's custom dialogue from new voice actors, and it looks and sounds pretty good. Duke Nukem sounds virtually identical, which is ideal. Given that it's only been just over three weeks there isn't that much to show off, so until there is stay tuned for more information.