Duke Nukem 3D

Duke Nukem 3D, third game in the Duke Nukem series, is a first-person shooter developed by 3D Realms, and published by GT Interactive. In the game Duke Nukem fights an alien invasion of earth.

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25th September 2008

Duke Nukem 3D

Gearbox sues 3D Realms over Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction

Original series creator admits "material infringement" and apologises.

Duke Nukem IP-holder Gearbox is suing the series' original developers - 3D Realms, Interceptor Entertainment, and Apogee Software - for developing the recently announced PC and PS4 title Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction.

Duke 3D revamp to get multiplayer beta

Duke 3D revamp to get multiplayer beta

New website fleshes out game details.

The amateur developers recreating Duke Nukem 3D using Unreal Engine 3 have created a new website, launched a podcast and invited interested fans to donate funds to help the project.

Interceptor Entertainment has a non-commercial licence from Duke Nukem Forever studio Gearbox Software to develop Duke Nukem 3D: Reloaded, which should consist of a three-episode single-player campaign and multiplayer modes when finished.

"We are going to stay true to Duke Nukem 3D, but we are also going to be integrating all the new gameplay elements from this century!" the developers promised in their first website update.

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The history of PC gaming can be neatly split into two eras. Everything from 1993 onwards we can class as the Modern Age, in which the PC is established as a games platform in its own right. (We can pinpoint 1993 based on the fact that before that year the number of PC games that have survived into posterity drops off precipitously.)

3D Realms shuts down

Take-Two retains Duke Nukem Forever IP.

3D Realms has closed because of insufficient funding, placing the future of Duke Nukem Forever once more in doubt.

If it's Sunday then it must be time for another Eurogamer writer to bury you nose-deep in their barren adolescence, pointing at a retro game and braying about it with bleary eyes for a few pages. This week your hangover has been interrupted by a paean to Duke Nukem 3D, my love for which has recently been rejuvenated by the remarkably slick Good Old Games service and formerly its co-op enabled appearance on Xbox Live.

Duke Nukem 3D

Duke Nukem 3D

Got any gum?

Back in about 1988, a friend told me about a new horror film from New Zealand. The film was Bad Taste, Peter Jackson's outrageously over-the-top debut feature, and my friend excitedly told me that it was exactly the sort of horror movie you always wanted to make when you were fourteen. Likewise, if you asked a horny, gore-fixated teenage boy to describe his perfect game, he'd probably have described Duke Nukem 3D - a shooter as infamous for its splatter, strippers and quips as for its gameplay.

You play as Duke, star of a couple of early '90s 2D platform shooters on PC, now brought to swaggering 3D life. He's a parody of every movie tough guy ever; all sunglasses, tight vest and boorish machismo. Alien bastards have invaded LA, and are stealing all the babes. Duke sets off to kick their ass. There. That's your plot. Now get shooting.

For all its goofy excess, Duke Nukem 3D can actually lay claim to being one of the pioneers of the FPS genre. Bridging the static mazes of Doom and the more realistic environments of Half-Life, which followed two years later, it places you in a world of everyday locations where objects and appliances are surprisingly interactive. There's a pool table early in the game, and shooting the balls sends them ricocheting around in a reasonably good approximation of actual physics. Mirrors reflect what's in front of them, light switches actually work and even the toilets can be used to relieve yourself (topping up a small amount of health in the process).

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Duke Nukem 3D for XBLA today

Foul-mouthed shooter to cost 800 Points.

Duke Nukem 3D will be the Xbox Live Arcade addition today, and will cost 800 MS Points (GBP 6.80 / EUR 9.60) to download.

Duke Nukem to be Hollywood film

Max Payne producer heading project.

3D Realms has decided to turn Duke Nukem into a Hollywood film, and has enlisted Max Payne producer Scott Faye to help. And he wants to help.

Duke Nukem 3D for XBLA finished

It's in Microsoft's hands now, says 3DR.

3D Realms has confirmed that Duke Nukem 3D is on its way to Xbox Live Arcade shortly, having passed certification at the first attempt.

Duke Nukem 3D confirmed for XBLA

Duke Nukem 3D confirmed for XBLA

Hopefully this year, says Scott Miller.

3D Realms has said that Duke Nukem 3D is definitely heading to Xbox Live Arcade.

Confirmation came from big shot Scot Miller, who told the Dallas Business Journal it would have co-operative play, online multiplayer, and potentially be available this year. What are you waiting for? Christmas?

"We're really excited about bringing classic Duke to the 360," said Miller. "We're talking to Microsoft about getting a release slot sometime this year."

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Duke Nukem for XBLA?

3D Realms keen on it.

3D Realms big shot George Broussard has said Duke Nukem 3D could be coming to Live Arcade. Apparently all he's waiting on is the go ahead from Microsoft.