A new release or remaster in the Duke Nukem series appears to be on the cards, according to its website and online rumours.

The hypermasculine shooter franchise's official website currently displays a banner reading "Happy 20th Anniversary," referring to the 1996 release of Duke Nukem 3D.

Underneath the banner is a countdown timer set to end on Friday, September 2nd at 5pm Pacific time.

That also happens to be the precise end time of franchise holder Gearbox's "Inside Gearbox Software" panel at PAX West 2016.

In the realm of pure rumour, Redditor Tezla55 claimed to have inside knowledge that the announcement was for a remaster/remix entitled Duke Nukem 3D: World Tour, developed by Nerve Software.

Screenshots were also provided, illustrating a higher-resolution version of the 1996 original, with a few new environments and features.

Duke Nukem 3D remaster may be coming this week

The last release in the series was Duke Nukem Forever, which launched in 2011 to largely negative reviews - including a 4.0/10 from Gameplanet's Dan Cheer, who (ironically, in hindsight) closed out his review by saying "now that it's released, Gearbox can focus on Aliens: Colonial Marines."

Older Duke Nukem titles ceased to be sold on Steam and GOG.com last year, when Gearbox claimed the rights to distribute them.

More information on any potential new release will come later this week.