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Meet Bombshell, Duke Nukem's long-lost sister

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Here's the trailer for Bombshell, 3D Realms' reconstituted follow-up to the Duke Nukem series that at one point featured the king but had to remove him and all references to that game after the franchise's current owner sued.

Originally called Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction, 3D Realms and publisher Interceptor rebooted the game as Bombshell with a female protagonist after a settlement with Gearbox Software, which took over Duke Nukem Forever and finished it after a development period stretching more than a dozen years.

Even after Gearbox's deal to complete the Duke Nukem game, and acquire the IP in the process, Apogee Software — the parent of 3D Realms — and its new owner Interceptor Entertainment teased Mass Destruction in February 2014. Gearbox stepped in, saying the new game was subject to the rights it controlled after buying the beleaguered Duke Nukem Forever project to save 3D Realms from lawsuits over its failure to deliver a finished game.

The trailer shows the isometric-camera style that Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction was always to have had, intercut with over-the-top cinematics and speaker-shredding rock music.

Bombshell will be released later this year for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. It will be playable at QuakeCon in July.

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