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Duke Nukem fan-built sequel gets green light

A fan-made sequel to first person shooter Duke Nukem 3D, which was first released in 1996, has been given the go ahead by the owner of the franchise.

Duke Nukem Next-Gen started out as a pipe dream for project lead Frederik 'Fresch' Schreiber, but the hobby project started gathering steam after he released screen shots of a test map built using the Unreal 3 engine.

"All hell broke loose!" said Schreiber. "Suddently the news of a Next-Gen remake, was all over the Internet, even though the development wasnt approved by either Gearbox or 3Drealms."

Riding the wave of fan demand, Schreiber contacted big-wigs at Take-Two, 3Drealms and Gearbox, all of whom eventually decided to support the project.

The game, which will be built 'by the fans, for the fans' will be free and will consist of a three-level single player campaign and some sort of multi-player companent, though details of this are a bit sketchy. Distributing a free game to willing fans is one thing, but hosting servers for muti-player online games costs big bucks.

Schreiber says the game will be released "when it's done", but the nature of the project means that there will be lots of pre-release testing which will involve the entire community.

If you have a bit of free time on your hands, the team is 'hiring' though we suspect you'll be paid in thanks rather than green stuff.

You'll find details of the game's development and screen shots here.