This week has been a busy one for fans of Duke Nukem. After the release of 2011’s Duke Nukem Forever, there has been near radio silence from the franchise outside of a well received revamp of Duke Nukem 3D that was pulled from digital stores due to contract issues. When we were reporting on that issue, Gearbox assured us that they’d have more answers later in 2016, and it seems that Redditor Tezla55 has beaten Gearbox to the punch. This post has revealed images and a logo for Duke Nukem 3D World Tour. The remaster is supposedly being developed by Nerve Software, a longstanding company that is perhaps most known for developing Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil.
The Reddit post goes into a bit more detail, including evidence showing that the original Twitter handle picked out for Duke’s recent foray into social media was “DukeWorldTour”. The remake looks to include co-op and online multiplayer (which would it on par with the previously released Megaton Edition), and there’s no word on any additional features beyond that.
For those unfamiliar with the situation surrounding the now delisted Megaton Edition of Duke Nukem 3D, our own Scott Malcomson wrote up an excellent post in April that details the full legal troubles up to that point between Gearbox and 3D Realms over the Duke Nukem license. Since then, new details in the situation have emerged – the Hail to the King Collection developer TerminX has said that his license for Duke Nukem was indeed invalid, among other things in a Duke4 thread.
OK, here’s the deal. Our license to Duke Nukem 3D is invalid. It’s not the fault of the current owners of 3D Realms, and, as it turns out, certainly not the fault of Gearbox. This leaves me completely up shit creek. BUT, even after the public feuding, Gearbox has found something for me to do and they are going to be helping me out, as is 3DR.
As far as Hail to the King Collection goes, there’s not much more I can say other than that it’s on hold at 90-something% completion. Gearbox isn’t currently interested in the product and they aren’t obligated to be. At this point, I’m just glad they’re willing to work with me again. I’m going to do my best to change their minds on it as I believe the market for such a product is much larger than they think it is, but for now it is what it is. I may just do a “soft” launch of the base port itself for a $1.99 price tag where you provide your own GRP.
So, to summarize:
Gearbox isn’t evil and Randy isn’t a huge asshole.
The current owner of 3DR is a great guy.
I got completely shanghaied, but things will be alright.
Gearbox has said little since April regarding the delisting of Megaton Edition, and one can only hope that the official unveiling of World Tour at PAX West will be more illuminating regarding further plans for Duke beyond this remaster.