Interceptor Entertainment, the Denmark-based international collective of indie developers that brought us the recent Rise of the Triad remake are gearing up for a new game reveal that looks set to be an action RPG starring trouble videogame icon Duke Nukem.
A teaser website published at alloutofgum.com
is offline for maintenance at the time of this news posting, but the resourceful chaps over on NeoGAF
chronicled everything they learnt before it blinked out, which reportedly included a countdown timer with 24 days on the clock, an image of a packet of Kick-Ass brand bubblegum with plenty of gum left, and an crytpo alien message that revealed the following translation:
The king makes his next generation debut in Duke Nukem: 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 GAF community also points out that Interceptor began life as a mod team intending to recreate Duke Nukem 3D in Unreal Engine 3, which was shelved in 2011 reportedly to prevent it further impacting the poor reception of Duke Nukem Forever.
Earlier comments on the Duke4.net forms
by Interceptor's Frederik Schreiber indicate a desire for a more intelligent interpretation of the duke:
I'm also personally tired of Pigcops, Turd Jokes, and a Goofy Duke Nukem.
I would love to see a Duke Nukem game, taken in a completely new direction. A way more serious and "Badass" Duke, with an epic plot. Something that really brings back Duke as an Action Hero.
That reminds me of how tired I am of strippers, babes etc. in Duke Nukem games, which only degrades Duke's intelligence even more (there is nothing wrong with Duke Liking strippers and babes, but it shouldn't be the main plot of a game). Give us a Duke game without strippers, a great sinister villain than can break Duke (Think Bane from DK:Rising), a slightly older, and way more badass/gritty Duke, and a galactic plotline that can be taken seriously, and I'm Sold!
An action RPG might seem like a radical departure from the first person presentation of Duke 3D and Forever, but let's not forget that Duke Nukem 1 and 2 were 2D platformers.
Unless it's another elaborate hoax, we'll likely know more before the end of February.