December 6, 2012
July 02, 2013
Februay 5, 2015
|Delisting:||December 31, 2015
|Available On:||Retail (original PC/DOS version)|
|Links:||3D Realms page
Arstechnica delisting announcement
GOG.com delisting announcement
Duke Nukem 2 was delisted on Steam and GOG.com on December 31st, 2015. On GOG.com it was included in a bundle with Duke Nukem 1 and 2. The game on Desura was rendered delisted no later than October 25th, 2016 when OneClick purchased the site and took it offline.
The Nuking of Duke Nukem
After years of stagnant development on Duke Nukem Forever, the game’s long-standing publisher, Take-Two Interactive, filed a breach of contract against 3D Realms/Apogee Software for failing to deliver on the product. Throughout the proceedings 3D Realms retained some rights to Duke Nukem but by August of 2015 the IP had changed ownership to Gearbox Software.
This resulted in 3D Realms removing their individual Duke Nukem titles from Steam and GOG.com. The 3D Realms Anthology — a collection of 32 titles united under a custom launcher — was also delisted but nearly all the titles were later made available individually.
Ultimately, the following titles were delisted from Steam and GOG.com on December 31st, 2015:
- Duke Nukem
- Duke Nukem II
- Duke Nukem 3D
- Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition (GOG)
- Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project
- 3D Realms Anthology (from 3D Realms, Steam)
- Balls of Steel
On February 15th, 2016, before the release of Gearbox’s Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour in October, Devolver Digital delisted Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition from Steam and PlayStation Network. The versions that were released on Desura were rendered delisted no later than October 25th, 2016 when OneClick purchased the site and took it offline.
Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour has replaced all previous versions of Duke Nukem 3D that were sold digitally with the exception of the Xbox 360 version. Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project also remains available on Xbox 360 and is the only Duke Nukem title still available on iOS. The Megaton Edition of Duke Nukem 3D is available on PlayStation from the Hong Kong, Indian, and Korean PlayStation Store.
About the Game
“Our hero is ready for action. Duke must escape his alien prison cell, then battle to end the hideous plans of the Rigelatins.
For fans of the original Duke Nukem, your favorite touches return: soda cans for health, turkey for food, spy cameras watching your every move, boxes you can destroy for bonuses and surprises, and more. Duke still flips, and he walks hand over hand across pipes, chains and ropes, with the new ability of shooting downward while doing so. Duke can also crouch, duck, and shoot upward.
Duke has four weapons: blaster, laser cannon, missiles, and flame thrower. The flame thrower, when aimed downward, propels Duke upward like a jetpack!“
Never Put a Good Duke Down: The sequel to 1991’s Duke Nukem and precursor to 1996’s Duke Nukem 3D, Duke Nukem II is a pivotal part of the legendary Duke Nukem saga.
I’ll Be Back Absent from Duke Nukem II’s original release, Duke has been retrofitted with sun glasses for a third dimension of coolness in a two-dimensional world.
Don’t Try This at Home: Always the consummate professional, Duke must collect power-ups, fly space fighters, and drink six-packs to escape the clutches of his evil alien captors.
Damn… I’m Lookin’ Good!: Powered by 1993’s state-of-the-art, you’ll-think-you’re-actually-there cutting-edge technology, Duke Nukem II features vivid, lifelike, parallaxing graphics and speaker-breaking digitized sound effects.
Variety is the Spice of Death: Kill things dead across 32 levels of action-packed mayhem. Super bosses, mutations, robo-droids, guards and traps await Duke’s destruction.
Controller Support: Partial Xbox 360 Controller support.
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Thanks to SHROOMY for submitting this information to the site.