Former Duke Nukem Teaser Site Reveals Bombshell

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Former Duke Nukem Teaser Site Reveals Bombshell

The lawsuit between Gearbox and 3D Realms means Duke Nukem is out, and Shelly "Bombshell" Harrison is in.

A brief recap to bring everyone up to speed: In early February, Interceptor Entertainment and 3D Realms launched a website at AllOutOfGum.com, teasing a forthcoming game called Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction. Despite the history of the franchise, DN:MD was set to be a top-down action-RPG for the PC and PlayStation 4, with ass-kicking action spread across multiple alien worlds. But later that month, Gearbox Entertainment filed suit against Interceptor and 3D Realms, claiming that it owns the rights to Duke Nukem and that Interceptor's game was being made without permission.

Shortly thereafter, AllOutOfGum (which is now offline) began redirecting to a another teaser site, NoGumNeeded.com, and another lengthy countdown. That countdown ended today and in its wake we have Bombshell, a game that appears very much like the one Interceptor had previously teased, but entirely without the Duke. Instead, Bombshell stars Shelly "Bombshell" Harrison, a bomb disposal expert turned mercenary who packs a bionic arm built from parts discovered in the wake of something called "the Washington incident," which is where she lost her real arm in the first place.

"Lawsuits take time, and are often a long, drawn-out process. Meanwhile, we wanted to be productive -- our creative team couldn't wait around for the issue to be resolved," the Bombshell FAQ states. "Ultimately, we saw it as the opportunity to create our own intellectual property, and Bombshell was born. So far, it's been a blast."

Bombshell will be an action-RPG set on multiple alien worlds, much as Mass Destruction was intended to be, and Bombshell herself sounds very Duke-like: Her biography lists her "likes" as kicking ass, motorcycles and kicking ass on motorcycles, while "dislikes" include bubble gum, sunglasses and blonde hair. Speaking of Duke Nukem, the FAQ also explains that the game originally teased by Interceptor may or may not come back at some point.

"It's impossible to say what will happen in regards to our previous project," it says. "We want to make great games without sacrificing our integrity, and Bombshell allows us to do that beautifully."

Bombshell is currently expected to be ready for early 2015. In the meantime, you can find out more at NoGumNeeded.com.

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I guess she became a mercenary so she could afford a shirt and some pants, looks like she still isn't quite there yet.

Guess this might be ok? Seems a little flat as a character from that video but as a preview for a character I guess its ok. Um gee not really excited more confused but hey its late here and maybe its just me but this seems a quickly mashed up backup plan?

It's worth noting that Bombshell originally supposed to be Duke's sidekick in early versions of Duke Nukem Forever and can be seen in the old 1998 E3 trailer.

I just couldn't get over how cheap the character model and animations looked. Everything about it screams B-list. If this is the best that they can muster for a teaser, this game is bound for failure.

Looks like garbage. Not even talking about the character design, I'm talking about the quality of the visuals, the movement, the "environment" insofar as there is one... The whole package taken together.

This doesn't look like it was made by a development studio that has its shit together. It looks like a budding indie FPS that isn't going to be any good. It doesn't appear to have any ideas and it's not pretty either, so what's the point?

Well here is hoping the actual game might be decent. The obvious stand-in for Duke is about as cliche as you can get though.

So, I was excited when I read the synopsis. Action RPGs are my crack and I can't get enough.

Then I saw the trailer. And I was actually reminded of Contagion, the zombie indie game on steam.

The trailer for contagion is very rough. But I looked at some game play on Youtube and I was moved enough to buy it. I freaking enjoy the hell out of it.

So I'm on the fence. It honestly seems like the designers really don't know how to do anything but a Duke Re-skin. Global threat, bad ass, blah, blah, blah. But if the Action RPGness is good, I won't care at all.

OMG Marrow got her own game?


But seriously, this game would have been the cool thing back in 1992. everyone would be all "Oooh medium res explosions! And she's like a female Arnold Schwartzeneggar from Terminator 2! Top down isometric shooting, just like the arcades!" Now, it's not even good enough for a tech demo, just something a couple middleschool kids could put together in their bedroom with that $19/month Unreal kit.

So they had to come up with a new character fast when they lost Duke and the best they could come up with was "Girl with a metal arm". The sad thing is that already makes her more of an interesting character than Duke.

might be interesting. have to see. but this teaser surely doesnt explain much. but am i the only one who thinks she looks like the bad chick from desu ex HR? forgot her name.

while it was really just a thrown together teaser to announce the change in the character. (its purpose...not to show off the game.)

Good on them for just moving the hell on and not destroying themselves for the lawsuit. They could easily make the game better without Duke.

Metalrocks:
might be interesting. have to see. but this teaser surely doesnt explain much. but am i the only one who thinks she looks like the bad chick from desu ex HR? forgot her name.

Yelena Federova? Yeah, she does, kinda, mainly with the hair.

that is some wickedly unnatural motion and shitty animation.

But seriously, what did a glass of scotch ever do to anybody? yet every time you see one in a video game it's going to get smashed. take it easy on the booze, and not like you think that means.

PhoenixUp:
I just couldn't get over how cheap the character model and animations looked. Everything about it screams B-list. If this is the best that they can muster for a teaser, this game is bound for failure.

Thank you. Glad to know it wasn't just me. It's like a few days work of a college student in their animation class. The eyes don't track what's going on and seem dead. The movement doesn't seem to match or be appropriate for the character model, etc.

boy is that some stiff animation, lets hope the actual game is good, i like top down action RPGs

sketch_zeppelin:
So they had to come up with a new character fast when they lost Duke and the best they could come up with was "Girl with a metal arm". The sad thing is that already makes her more of an interesting character than Duke.

as long as her long lost husband isnt inside that arm...

Worgen:
I guess she became a mercenary so she could afford a shirt and some pants, looks like she still isn't quite there yet.

I came here expecting to find somebody commenting on her attire (or lack thereof) and what do you know? The very first post lived up to my expectations. I at least give you points for managing to avoid the words "sexist," "objectification" and "problematic."

OT: The animations in the teaser trailer look kind of... well, shit. It looks like it was animated by an amateur or on very short notice. Doesn't bode well, in my eyes.

The graphics looked outdated.
The voice acting was crap.
The only lines of dialogue were unfunny.
The female 'lead' had the same facial range as that Twilight chick.

Yep.
It's a 3D Realms alright.

It looks like someone back at HQ had this exchange:

"Oh by the way, we're supposed to reveal Bombshell tomorrow. Is that trailer done?"

"Trailer!?"

"Oh shoot. Did I not tell you?"

"No sir! I didn't know we were revealing it so soon!"

"Crap. IN-TEERRRRRRRN!"

And then this happened.

I mean, in concept, the game itself could be fine (Anyone remember "Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light"?) but this... doesn't inspire hope.

Good job on the sub-I cups, though. Progress!

Gah, that trailer just screams Barbwire-style "strong, independent woman". And that character model is ugly as sin. The outfit is just seriously painful to look at. That is not to mention the completely blank expression and dead eyes, as well as shit animation. Already, the game is looking like ass.

I guess the top down nature explains the poor models and animation, but that is all they had to show for so first impressions are not good at all.
And I do remember how their last game ended up... can't say this thing sounds promising in any way.

Wow ... lame trailer.... ugh, I hate the character design looks really bad, sounds like a nice idea of a character but really she looks like a mix of a barbie doll with a terminator action figure, the mech arm looks awful , I hope the visual style of the character is reworked, a fem-duke game could be funny if done well.

Oddly enough this reminded me of Bomb Queen (comic book) if they could channel that type of character into this game I'd be very happy. Otherwise the premise is interesting, but the video does nothing to inspire excitement.

Wow... what an utterly uninteresting trailer... until the ending. Then we get an example of some of the worst dialogue this side of a early 90's anime dub. It is painfully obvious how her placeholder status for Duke is. Combined with stiff as hell animation and 3D Realms still being run by retarded monkeys eating their own feces, I have no hope for this game.

So, basically, they are trying to create a female Duke Nukem or something??

The quality of the animation, the models, the textures and the effects are all pretty mediocre, and this is a TRAILER.

Really, the motorbike driving looks like it was just done in Garry's Mod.

Looks tasteless. Even more tasteless then DNF. Which was uncomfortably tasteless.

This looks more like an old tech demo than a current teaser. Her movement is very robotic (they couldn't even have her blink every once in a while) and she doesn't do much.

I'll keep an open mind about it until I see gameplay footage, but this teaser didn't get me excited for it.

A little bit of trivia: in Duke Nukem Forever Duke was initially supposed to have a female counterpart/companion in a character also nicknamed Bombshell, who was supposed to put him in his place. But she was cut and, as rumors state, replaced with that Captain Dylan douchebag from DNF.

I actually thought it looked pretty cool. Nice to see a woman protag, and one who looks like she can kick some butt. I'm looking forward to it, although I haven't seen enough to get me really hyped. But yeah, if this showed up in an indie bundle, it could probably convince me to beat the average for it.

Looks cool enough to me.

I'd prefer a modest teaser based on alpha-assets over diverting several million of the budget for a grand CGI trailer, leaves more money for the things that actually matter.

I do like top-down action-RPGs so who knows, might pick this up.

This looks like utter garbage. I suddenly flashed back to late 90's PS 1. And I would be very surprised if the character wasn't inspired by Aimee Nixon from Judge Dredd

For the record, Aimee Nixon was a very good hard as nails female character. She had an interesting back story and you can see from the way she is drawn in that picture, that she is a fairly realistic depiction of a woman who has spent most of her life in bar fights (I love the broken boxers nose) If you are going to steal. Steal from the best.

I don't think for a second Bombshell looks progressive or kick ass or appealing in any way. This is just a mental fuck doll for people who liked Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The ad is all about image, with nothing about character. All I can glean is that she seems to be Jack from Mass Effect 2 and Adam Jensen's lovechild.

Good marketing can hide a shit game. Marketing this lazy usually is bad news. Especially when the assets look this ugly and the ad has nothing to say.

*facepalms*

Someone tell these guys the 90s are over already...

With Duke we at least get a few mildly funny one-liners. For a female protagonist we get slow pans of boobs.

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