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The Return is a total conversion for Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition. It was created by Dark Flame Conversions and released on February 7th, 1998 after nine months of development. It was created as an unofficial sequel to The Gate, a Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition total conversion created by The BDP Community and released on April 30th, 1997 after six months of development. The Return contains new graphics, a new enemy (the Shadow, a pitch black Assault Enforcer that can teleport), new levels, weapons, and music. A version of The Return was later released on February 23rd, 1999, for the Macintosh by J. Driver.


Episode 4: The Return[]

  • Holocaust of the Innocents
  • Countdown to Doom
  • Ground Zero
  • Alpha Quadrant 666
  • The Hive
  • Mission: Destruction (secret, accessible from Holocaust of the Innocents)
  • Strange Days (secret, accessible from Ground Zero)
  • The Bleeding (secret, accessible from Countdown to Doom)
  • Animal House (secret, accessible from Alpha Quadrant 666)
  • Drop Zone (DukeMatch only)
  • Backalley Rumble (DukeMatch only)


  • Kick Ass Foot (replacement for Mighty Foot)
  • Pistol
  • Shotgun
  • Spike Cannon (replacement for Chaingun Cannon, uses the same sprite as the Spike Cannon from Duke It's Zero Hour)
  • Rail Gun (replacement for RPG, uses the same sprite as the SM (Shoulder Mounted) Rail Gun from Duke It's Zero Hour)
  • Pipebomb (uses the same sprite as the Hand Bomb from Duke It's Zero Hour)
  • Shrinker
  • Microwave Expander
  • Devastator
  • Laser Tripbomb
  • Freezeray Accelerator (replacement for Freezethrower, uses the same sprite as the X32-Flame Accelerator from Duke It's Zero Hour)


Level Designers: Matthew Collver-Horvath (Countdown to Doom, Alpha Quadrant 666, Animal House, Drop Zone), Sean Bakmen (Holocaust of the Innocents, Alpha Quadrant 666, The Hive, The Bleeding, Backalley Rumble), Brian Tarnish (Ground Zero), Jonathan Velman (Mission: Destruction), Rory Travis (Strange Days)

Story: Sean Bakmen

New CONs: Brian Tarnish

.Bat file by: Sean Bakmen

Thanks to: 3D Realms, BDP, Zerohour Software

Credits information source: Text in the Return.bat file and Return.txt included with The Return.