3D Realms and developer Interceptor have released the E3 2015 trailer for Bombshell, the game that originally started out as Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction but had all references to him removed after a lawsuit from Gearbox Software, the franchise's current owner.
Gearbox took over the long-running Duke Nukem Forever project in 2010, after publisher Take-Two Interactive sued 3D Realms over their failure to finish the game, which at the time had been in development for 14 years. Even though part of Gearbox's deal to complete Duke Nukem Forever included acquiring the IP, 3D Realms and Interceptor entertainment revealed they were working on Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction in February 2014.
A new lawsuit ensued and following its settlement just over a month ago, Gearbox retained ownership and control of the Duke Nukem intellectual property, while the entire Mass Destruction project had to be reworked as Bombshell.
The action role-playing game retains the isometric view of Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction, but now features a female protagonist: bomb technician turned mercenary Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison. She sports a mechanical arm which players can configure in various ways through the game’s techtree.
Bombshell will be released later this year for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. The game will be playable for the first time at Quakecon in July.