Artist shares trailer for Gearbox’s canceled Duke Nukem Begins

13 years after the cancellation, artist Gregor Punchatz has released a trailer for Gearbox Software’s Duke Nukem begins, which shows what the game was about. Without further ado, watch the film below.

Duke Nukem begins never saw the light of day due to an ownership dispute between publisher Take-Two Interactive and 3D Realms. Gearbox Software eventually retained the rights to the franchise. Interestingly, both 3D Realms and Gearbox Software are now owned by the Swedish Embracer Group.

Punchatz was working with Texas-based studio Janimation at the time, revealing that the team was “crushed” when the project was canceled because it lost an opportunity that would have helped it compete with “bigger players in the game trailer market” at the time.

punchatz wrote:

We’ve done everything we can to create the most amazing cinematic Janimation ever. But unfortunately we were told that the game had been canceled at the time due to legal issues with Duke Nukem.

It crushed us as we thought it could help us compete with bigger players in the game trailer market at the time. Since it’s still a piece I’m damn proud of, I’m releasing it 13 years after its creation. The entire team that has worked with me deserves to see this released into the wild.

I hope this somehow breathes new life into this version of the game by showing the world how great it would have been…

Gearbox Software Finally Released Duke Nukem Forever in 2011, which was panned by players and critics alike.