Gearbox Software officially announces Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour, a remake of Duke Nukem 3D that has new levels, music, and more.
About one week ago, a countdown started in recognition of Duke Nukem's 20th anniversary. The countdown ended today, and the previously leaked Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour has now been officially announced by Gearbox Software. The game, a remake of 1996's Duke Nukem 3D, will be available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 11th for $19.99, and offers plenty of new content to entice series veterans and newcomers alike.
Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour features eight brand new levels that were created for the game by Duke Nukem 3D's original designers. Players will be able to explore these new levels while tapping their feet to a new soundtrack crafted by original Duke Nukem 3D composer Lee Jackson. If that weren't enough, Jon St. John, Duke Nukem's voice actor, is also returning to work on the new game, recording a slew of new one-liners for Duke to spout during the adventure.
Along with this new content, players will still be able to play through all the stages that were present in the 1996 version of Duke Nukem 3D. However, they will be able to do so with improved "True3D Rendering" graphics Gearbox has added to the game, which were originally seen in its leaked screenshots. Fans that want the classic Duke Nukem 3D experience can ditch the new visuals and play through the entire game with the 1996 graphics engine instead if they so desire.
By returning Duke Nukem to his roots, Gearbox may be trying to rebuild the brand's image. After all, the critically panned Duke Nukem Forever didn't do the series any favors, with no new game in the series released since it launched in 2011. However, Gearbox fought for full control of the Duke Nukem IP, and it's not likely to let those efforts be wasted by keeping the franchise dormant.
If Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour proves successful, Gearbox may look into remastering Duke's other adventures for current-gen consoles as well. The studio could even bring back Duke Nukem Forever, regardless of the game's negative critical reception and the controversy surrounding its Capture the Babe mode and other questionable content.
This remake of Duke Nukem 3D could also be the first step to a brand new, full-fledged Duke Nukem game. Of course, that's assuming it sells well, as it remains to be seen if there's still a market for Duke Nukem and its crude style of humor. With Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour set to launch in a month's time, we won't have to wait long to see if Gearbox's remake was worth the effort.
Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour will be available on October 11th for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.