See, there’s this guy. His name is Frederik “Fresch” Schreiber. He’s been trying to build enthusiasm for his pet project: a remake of Duke Nukem 3D using the Unreal Engine 3. It’s called Duke Nukem: Next-Gen, and it’s now officially been given the green light by Gearbox Software, developer of games like Borderlands as well as being Duke’s new owners. The remake has been granted a “personal non-commercial license” by Gearbox and 2K Games, meaning that Fresch is free to release the game and slap the official Duke Nukem branding and stuff all over it.

Duke Nukem: Next-Gen

“I contacted George Broussard and Scott Miller, to start a conversation about the project,” said Fresch. “The shots managed to convince Scott Miller to a certain degree, but the project was only doable if Take-Two would approve it. Thinking that Gearbox might have a better relationship to Take-Two than 3D Realms, I contacted AdamF, who passed me through to PJ Putnam, vice president and general counsel of Gearbox Software. Luckily Gearbox was interested in supporting the project, which resulted in a personal non-commercial license to Duke Nukem.”

This whole thing makes me want to high five Gearbox and 2K Games for being so cool about it. I’m too tired right now to come up with more stuff to say about this, so you can find out more about Duke Nukem: Next-Gen over at the Gearbox forums.