Duke Nukem 'D-Day' Teased with Screenshot

By Alice O'Connor and Chris Faylor, Nov 30, 2009 5:43am PST Duke Nukem's official Facebook page has been updated with a screenshot for something called "D-Day," with the action hero himself teasing that he "doesn't stay down for long."

It remains to be seen exactly what D-Day is, whether it be a a new game, the build-up to an announcement or revelation, or something else entirely. The stadium and enemy might seem familiar from the Duke Nukem Forever footage leaked in May, though those were callbacks to Duke's earlier adventures.

Series creator and Duke Nukem Forever developer 3D Realms closed its offices and laid off a majority of staff earlier this year, though the company affirms it is still working on the legally-troubled shooter. Borderlands and Brothers in Arms veteran Gearbox was working on a separate game dubbed 'Duke Begins,' though that project is said to have been postponed. And recently, rumors have surfaced of Sunstorm Interactive's 2002 side-scroller Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project coming to Xbox Live Arcade.

Meanwhile, a new trilogy of portable Duke Nukem titles is in the works at Frontline Studios. The first, Critical Mass, was expected this fall but, in true Duke tradition, seems to have slipped into 2010.

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  • Here's the thing:

    If this is a DNF teaser then I'm having a hard time figuring out what the announcement is.

    Do they have a ship date for DNF? If so then how can they since the game wasn't finished and the dev team was fired? If it was nearly finished then what was taking so long?

    Are they going to announce it's coming soon? Yeah - it's not like we haven't heard that before.

    Could it be an announcement of the lawsuits being resolved, the funding has returned, and the hiring has commenced? Great - so while you go find a bunch of people to work on it and get them up to speed (since the odds are a number of the people you've fired have been hired elsewhere by now) it will take even more years to get done.

    The only thing I can think of, DNF-related, which would make any sense is that they've teamed up with some other studio, like Gearbox, to polish off the last of it and get it out the door.