Former favourite Duke Nukem looks set to hop out of his deathbed and onto the PlayStation 4, as an assembly of savvy series fans have managed to translate a block of “alien text” hinting at some form of next generation entry in the divisive franchise. Fascinatingly, according to the cracked correspondence, the title will adopt the guise of a top-down action role-playing game, rather than its usual first-person format. Weird.

“The King makes his next-gen debut in Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction, a top-down action RPG for the PC and PlayStation,” the message reads. “Duke Nukem kicks ass across planets in an Unreal Engine-powered galactic adventure to save the President from an apocalyptic alien threat." Allegedly, the title – in production at Interceptor Entertainment – will include “series-first mechanics” such as “experience points and tech trees”.

It looks like the release will be officially announced later this month, too, as a teaser website dubbed AllOutofGum.com includes an image of the potty-mouthed protagonist’s favourite ‘Kick Ass’ branded bubblegum and a countdown to 25th February. Of course, it’s not the first that we’ve heard about the game, as last December it was revealed that franchise creator Scott Miller was working on a new title for the PS4 with the abovementioned developer.

Do you think that you can stomach another adventure starring the industry’s most offensive character, or did the disastrous Duke Nukem Forever sour you on the series indefinitely? Turn the air blue in the comments section below.

[via alloutofgum.com, forums.duke4.net, eurogamer.net]