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UPDATE 2: Gearbox Software has got in contact with us, informing that Gearbox will be bringing Duke Nukem 3D back ‘later this year’.

“As for when fans can expect to see Duke Nukem 3D back as a digital sale, we have plans to bring the game back this year.”

UPDATE: Devolver Digital has responded to our inquiries with this message.

“Devolver Digital’s distribution agreement for Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition has ended and the game is no longer for sale. All current owners get to keep the game, but the title will no longer be available for purchase through the PlayStation Network, Steam, Humble Store and other authorized digital distributors and Steam key vendors.

Following the end of our distribution agreement of Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition, Gearbox Software will take over publishing rights of the title.”

The original story is below.


Duke Nukem’s been having a bit of a tough time in the 21st century. Duke Nukem Forever was delayed until it released as an absolute mess, Duke‘s spiritual successor in the form of a top down shooter turned out to be less than stellar, and now even the King’s last good game, Duke Nukem 3D, is off the digital marketplace. On December 31st, the rights of the Duke Nukem series officially shifted hands from 3D Realms to Gearbox, which lead to the franchise’s digital games disappearing, from Duke Nukem II to Balls of Steel. However, one title still survived into the year, and that was Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition.

For the unaware, Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition is (was) a compilation of Duke Nukem 3D as well as its fourth episode from Atomic Edition, as well as the expansion campaigns Duke It Out in D.C., Duke Caribbean: Life’s a Beach, and Duke: Nuclear Winter published by Devolver Digital. It also included workshop support, and overall a more modern coat of paint to make it look great, even on modern systems. Sadly, roughly 6 hours ago, the game was completely pulled from Steam in a rather puzzling move. Back in 2015, Devolver had tweeted that it would be staying on both Steam and PSN. Curiously, it still seems to be intact on the Playstation Store, but yet it cannot actually be purchased.

 


Quick Take

This really is a shame. Duke Nukem 3D is one of my favorite games of all time, and I consider the Megaton Edition to be the definitive way to play it. While we don’t know the fate of Duke in the modern age just yet, one can hope that his digital presence will be wider than just Duke Nukem: Forever. Sadly, this image from Serious Sam 2 sums the situation up pretty well.

Duke Nukem Serious Sam easter egg


Perry Ruhland

Staff Writer

Filmmaker. Entertainment critic. Genre film aficionado. Has bad taste and hot takes.



  • Heavily Augmented

    WHAT THE HELL GEARBOX?!

  • DukeMagus

    Well, at least the memory of the game is preserved in torrents until it’s put for sale again

  • ArsCortica

    That Devolver Digital (who, imho, are one of the better publishers) loses the publishing rights for the Duke is sad enough. That fucking Gearbox of all possible groups gets the publishing rights is plainly depressing. Cue a shitty Duke Nukem title only made to finance the next Border “LE EPIC MAYMAY XDDDD” Lands game.

  • Michele

    As things are now it would be better for Gearbox to go bankrupt so that the rights for Duke Nukem could be retrieved. They already proved they are not capable of using them well and it only endangered the digital existance of the game.

  • Such a great port of it too, with Linux support, Steam workshop support, functioning (if somewhat cumbersome) multiplayer support, and even an easy way to launch the map editor.

  • DrearierSpider

    I’m lucky enough to have gotten a copy before it got taken down, but this really sucks.

  • neural_physics

    same picked it up for $1.50 on steam lol

  • thelastdisciple

    I got it on Steam but i was looking to grab the PS3 version at some point just as an option to play on another platform for the hell of it in case my computer crapped out for whatever reason. Went to the PSN store and noticed the purchase button and price had vanished, i did a bit of Googling and i was led here. What a bummer to find out about all of this publishing rights nonsense. 🙁

  • Good thing I’ve got all of them on Steam already!! =P

  • Nathan Jennings

    I still have the GOG.com (DRM-free) version of Duke Nukem 3D, with Mac and Linux versions included via DOS Box. Being DRM-free, you always have the option to backup copy it to an external hdd or burn it to a disc for safe keeping. I prefer running Duke Nukem 3D thru eduke32, for modern FPS controls and graphics filters.

  • Nathan Jennings

    If you bought the GOG version it’ll still be in your library. Better still, being DRM-free, just backup copy it.

  • Nathan Jennings

    I grabbed it on a Steam sale too, despite already having the DRM-free version via GOG.

  • Hiphopanonymous

    Yeah let’s hope all gearbox employees lose their jobs and all their work so you can play an old as shit game. moron.

  • South_Texas_MF

    glad i have my copy on steam. It’s a great port

  • Storm King

    We can only dream.

  • Patrick Tweedie

    Idiot.

  • NowYouHaveLess

    Gearbox is and always has been a terrible company that deserves to go out of business. It would be a mercy killing. God knows their employees (or CEOs for that matter) aren’t making money. Meantime, they sit on the DN license and do nothing with it. That, and all those abysmal Borderlands sequels are the only reason people still know their company name. Close that shitshow so Duke can be properly introduced to today’s shooter fans. “Oh, it came out before I was born, it sucks and deserves no proper respect at all.” Modern gamers fucking disgust me.

  • Hiphopanonymous

    I’m in my thirties. I was born well before it came out. The only disgusting thing here is your attitude. When did I ever say duke sucked? I didn’t.
    I think you need to sit the fuck down and stop throwing a tantrum over a video game.

  • NowYouHaveLess

    Welcome to the Internet, Mr. Thirty-year-old.

  • t1gerdog

    I got the PS3 version but not the Steam version…. 😛 It is a really good port though, one of the few games on the PS3 that runs in 1080p as well.