From the ashes of Duke Nukem comes a fresh Bombshell

It's been a difficult time for Duke Nukem. For one thing, when the long-delayed Duke Nukem Forever was finally released, it was almost universally loathed (and with good reason). For another, the franchise is in legal limbo between Gearbox Software (who worked on Borderlands, Aliens: Colonial Marines, and the version of Duke Nukem Forever that was actually released) and Interceptor Entertainment (who developed Rise of the Triad and took over 3D Realms, Duke's original developers).

As if that wasn't enough, now George Broussard, creator of Duke Nukem, has suffered from a stroke. Yesterday he posted several tweets explaining his situation. Fortunately, as of this writing he seems to be all right. Sounds like he's on his way to a full recovery.

Amidst this, Interceptor Entertainment has announced Bombshell, a new Unreal Engine-powered shooter. While the lead character is obviously different, the trailer is stylistically very similar to Duke Nukem, prompting some to wonder if the game was developed out of Interceptor's planned Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction.

Here's the trailer:

Interceptor had this to say about the game:

"From the creators of 2013’s Rise of the Triad comes Bombshell, an isometric action role-playing game for PC and PlayStation 4. Bomb Disposal Specialist turned mercenary for hire, Shelly ‘Bombshell’ Harrison must strong-arm her away across 4 planets in an Unreal Engine-powered galactic adventure to rescue the president from an apocalyptic alien threat. With out-of-this-world enemies, a never-before-seen arsenal of devastating weaponry and a host of genre-crossing mechanics, Bombshell is set to blow you away."

Bombshell comes out in Q1 2015.