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Footage of Cancelled Duke Nukem Begins Game Surfaces

Some great news for video game preservation as someone named Gregor Punchatz has uploaded footage from the unreleased third-person shooting game Duke Nukem Begins.

Punchatz says in the description of the video:

In 2008, when I was working for the good folks at Janimation in Dallas Tx,
we were hired by Gearbox to create a vertical slice (an animated version of what the game will look like) for the game “Duke Nukem Begins”, a Duke origin story.

I headed up this project, as the director at Janimation, and did a lot of the character development, including the design and modeling of Duke. We poured everything we had into making the most awesome cinematic Janimation had ever created. But unfortunately, we got word the game was canceled due to the legal issues with Duke Nukem at the time.

“Duke Nukem Begins” was never made.

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It crushed us, as this was what we thought could help us compete with bigger players in the game trailer market at the time.

Because it is still a piece I am damn proud of, I am releasing it 13 years after its creation. The whole team that worked with me deserves to see this released into the wild.

I hope this somehow resurrects this version of the game by showing the world how awesome it would have been…

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You can view the footage down below:


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