Duke Nukem is back… again again
After last week’s announcement that Interceptor Entertainment would be releasing Duke Nukem 2 on iOS devices, today Devolver Digital announce that they’re working with 3D Realms to bring Duke Nukem 3D to Steam. This year looks like it might be a good year for Duke, something that hasn’t been true for more than a decade…
Released in 1996, Duke Nukem 3D was the first of the series to head into first-person shooter territory (the previous games both being platformers). While not being true 3D – the enemies were sprites, as were many effects in the game – the levels were considerably more advanced than earlier 2.5D games such as Doom, allowing bridges, slopes, and even events changing the environment around you.
The pack being released for Steam – “the Megaton Edition”, a play on the “Atomic Edition” of Duke 3D which added an extra 11 levels – includes all of the expansion packs for the game; Duke Caribbean: Life’s a Beach, Duke: Nuclear Winter, and Duke It Out in D.C. Multiplayer is also due to supported soon, updated to run through Steamworks and allowing you all the Dukematches you could hope for.
New expansion packs are promised for release in the future. However, there is no word if the new release will be compatible with any of older WAD files available from the game’s community, which offered everything from alternative level maps to total conversions.
The original release was at times controversial due to elements of sex as well as violence; whether these will seem tame nowadays, or will end up sparking a new debate over gaming cannot be predicted. However, even ignoring content like this, the original title was one of the better first person shooters of the 90s; whether it can draw a fanbase in a market filled with modern shooters remains to be seen.
Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition is available now on Steam for UK£6.99/US$9.99, on PC and Mac. A Linux version is promised soon.