To celebrate 20 years since the debut of Duke Nukem 3D, Gearbox Software has announced the Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour edition that includes the 1996 original. The game is set to release on October 11, 2016 and will be playable on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.
In addition to the original game, Duke Nukem 3D designers Allen Blum III and Richard “Levelord” Gray have returned to create a new episode with eight levels. The features of the anniversary edition are described by the publisher as follows:
- All-new original music composed by Lee Jackson, original author of Duke Nukem’s iconic theme “Grabbag” and sound designer for Duke Nukem 3D, along with new one-liners from the voice of Duke himself, Jon St. John
- All-new behind-the-scenes original development team commentary accessible in-game
- Play the game using the original 1996 graphics engine or toggle in real time to play with the original content rendered at high fidelity and blistering frame rate using Gearbox’s all-new “True3D Rendering” mode
President of Gearbox Software Randy Pitchford recounted his experience working on Duke Nukem 20 years ago, and again today, in a statement to the press. “When I first moved out to Texas to join the Duke Nukem 3D development team in the mid-nineties, I could not possibly predict that we were all going to be part of the emergence of the 3D First Person videogame genre that would ultimately impact the entire videogame industry.”
“Making it possible for Allen, Richard, Lee and Jon to all come back together 20 years later to bring a whole new episode to the classic game is just one of those rare and incredible things that I hope will bring joy and happiness to hardcore videogame fans new and old.”