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Duke Nukem Forever

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Duke Nukem Forever

Developers: 3D Realms,[1] Triptych Games,[1] Gearbox Software,[1] Piranha Games,[1]
Publishers: 2K Games,[1] Aspyr Media (Mac)[1] 1C Company (Russia)
Platforms: Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Mac OS X
Released internationally: June 10, 2011 (Windows/PS3/360),[1] August 18, 2011 (Mac)[1]
Released in JP: March 29, 2012 (PS3/360)[1][2]
Released in US: June 14, 2011 (Windows/PS3/360)[1]

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Duke Nukem Forever (often shorted to DNF by many) was intended to be the series' fourth main game after Duke Nukem 3D, but ended up spending well over a decade in development hell, going through so many concepts, developers, staff changes, engine swaps, and pushed-back release dates that the game became a punchline...but come out it did, including a "Balls of Steel" collector's edition containing all sorts of nifty stuff and an announcement that GameStop would honor pre-orders from past years (which ended up including a customer who had preordered the game in 2001).

The finished game itself, on the other hand...let's just say the wait probably wasn't worth it for most. Especially for a certain gray cat.

To do:

See To-Do subpage for what needs to get done.

  • It's definitely, highly very likely that there is more, considering the game's history.
  • Document the leaked 1996 and 2001 builds along with anything else that leaks in the future (or that's already leaked for the matter).


Read about development information and materials for this game.
Development Info
Read about prototype versions of this game that have been released or dumped.
Prototype Info
Read about prerelease information and/or media for this game.
Prerelease Info
Miscellaneous tidbits that are interesting enough to point out here.
Unused Audio
Unused sounds, voice lines and music not heard at all (or in their entirety).
DNF Mightyfootmelee.png
Unused Models
All sorts of unused models, I've got test models of steel!
DNF-babe funkyCleopatra.png
Unused Graphics
Various graphics and textures; placeholders, early graphics, all that.
Unused Text
Welcome to the text-based museum of this game's development.
Internal Names
The names of assets in the files. There's a few oddly named ones here!
Downloadable Content
Unused stuff in the two DLCs, Hail to the Icons Parody Pack and The Doctor Who Cloned Me.
As if being the (former) world record holder for longest development of a AAA release wasn't odd enough.

Unused Weapons

Nuclear Missile Ammo

There was going to be the nuclear option for the RPG with an alternative ammo type, acting not so dissimilar to the Nuclear Warhead from Shadow Warrior. It has a whole set of animations, textures and a model but isn't used. The nuke ammo can be gained by using commands in the console or on a test map. It is not certain which mode the weapon was intended to appear.

When loading it, Duke will hit the butt of the ammo against the gun and insert it. A voice will then count down from three before the gun can fire.


There are references to a flamethrower in the files but all that seems left of it is just some audio. A flamethrower is seen in the 2001 builds.

Filename Audio Notes
Unclear purpose, possibly an attack.
Likely an idle sound.

Demo and Trailer Leftovers

To do:
Add that ESRB notice here.

The trailer and upsell screen, along with the standard ESRB notice from the demo, are still in the files.

Demo_trailer.bik upsellScreen.bik

There is also a model (known as duke_trailer.msh) of Duke with a textureless head and hands used for the trailer, plus his lines for the very same trailer.

DUKE_TrailerLine_GoneForever_01.mp3 DUKE_TrailerLine_GoneForever_02.mp3
"Did you think I was gone forever?"
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Unused Cinematics

Unused Logo Cinematics

Logo cinematics for 3D Realms and Triptych. All companies involved were featured in a single cinematic. This version of the 3D Realms cinematic was seen in some of the early trailers for the game.

3DRealmsLogo.bik TriptychLogo.bik

Other Unused Cinematics

To do:
Check if ezmail.screensaver.bik and tripminedisplay.bik are unused. Theses can be seen in various pre-release videos, but I'm not sure if they're anywhere in the final game.
DukeNukemForeverLogo.bik Logo_DNF.bik

Two earlier versions of the Duke Nukem Forever logo, both seen in the December 2007 teaser and the E3 2001 trailer respectively.

There is also "Load_Generic.bik" found in Duke Nukem Forever's "Movies/" directory. In it is a two-frame video showing an image of two Duke Nukems, using Mark Skelton's 2007 design.

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Project Name

To do:
Anywhere else where this name is used?

The game's project name is "Buckeye", as seen in BuildInfo.ini, strings in the PC executable, the filename of the Duke Burger multiplayer map and the folder for Duke Burger-associated assets.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Build Dates

To do:
  • These were likely changed more. Add how it was changed from the following: Hail to the Icons DLC, the v1.01 patch and the Mac port. Also add build info for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions and where it is located in those versions.
  • Build dates of retail builds need to be looked at.
  • Steamdb could be of help here.

The build date of the Windows version can be found in BuildInfo.ini. It has been modified during the game's updates; this is how it was at launch.


Currently this is what the file says to this day.


Revisional Differences

To do:
Likely much more that got changed in these patches. Speaking of which, were there anymore patches beside these?

A patch for the Windows version was released on August 2nd, 2011, updating the game to V1.01 with quality-of-life improvements.

  • 4-weapon inventory option in single player campaign
  • MP Server favorites
  • Dedicated server overhaul
  • FOV can be modified
  • Change VOIP to push-to-talk (bandwidth fix)
  • VAC anti-cheat system enabled
  • Support for Japanese Steam ID’s for PC release in Japan
  • Auto-aim fix
  • Blood effects on surfaces behind enemies when shot
  • Steam.exe no longer uses an unusually high amount of CPU
  • Texture quality improvements
  • Fixes to prevent single player and multiplayer save data corruption
  • Leaderboard exploit fixed
  • AMD Dual-Core Optimizer no longer automatically installed (fixes rare bugs with Intel processors)
  • Crash/compatibility fixes and other minor bugs

The equivalent patch for the Mac version (released on September 6, 2011) added many of these features along with cross platform multiplayer on PC.

(Source: Steam patch notes (Windows, Mac))

Regional Differences

To do:
  • Investigate the non-English versions with more than what is currently on this page.
  • Was the temperature declaration changed from Fahrenheit to Celsius outside of the Japanese release for non-American releases?

Duke Nukem Forever received a fair few changes and alterations for international audiences. Some simply were dialogue changes to add jokes while other where a bit more drastic.

Spanish Version

The Spanish translation/dub localization went the extra mile in detail by changing the "Yeah, but after twelve fucking years, it should be." dialogue line and comical reference to the game's prolonged development cycle to a probably more accurate fourteen years timeframe, which supposedly owes to the fact that the Quake 2 engine iteration of Duke Nukem Forever was originally announced in 1997. The "twelve years" timeframe in the English dialogue seems to stick to the 1999-2011 copyright presented within the game.

To do:
We probably don't really need the full scene, just have the Spanish audio and compare to text of the English one.
English Spanish

Other Versions

Russian Version
The Russian release of the game has some censorship in its dialogue, not as much as what Japan later got however.
Japanese Version
A heavily censored and quite strange version for Japan. Was released much later the other versions in March 2012.