At a recent announcement, publisher Devolver Digital announced that Duke Nukem 3D, the classic first person shooter, now officially supports cross platform multiplayer as well as #co-op, after exactly 18 years the original game hit the market. So now players from Linux, Mac or Windows can join up and start fragging. Up to eight players can join a single game. So if you always wanted to shoot those Windows or Mac gamers smack in the middle of their eyes with Duke, or perhaps squash them under your boots, now’s your time to live out that fantasy.
The enhanced multiplayer support patch is included in the Megaton Edition of the game. This specific edition compiles the entire classic Duke, ‘Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition’, ‘Duke Caribbean: Life’s A Beach’, ‘Duke it out in D.C.’ and ‘Nuclear Winter’. The compilation was released on Steam originally on March 2013
Devolver Digital took over the development of Duke Nukem 3D from 3D Realms in 2009 after the entire staff was fired. 3D Realms didn’t have enough resources to continue developing the sequel to the original game, Duke Nukem Forever, which was in development for 12 years. The game’s development was picked up by Gearbox software, though that couldn’t save the game from failing abysmally. The original game used the ipx protocol for its multiplayer component. So, Devolver Digital, in 2011, souped up the game by integrating some of the popular mods for the game, thus enabling the game to run on OpenGL and support TCP/IP protocol for its multiplayer component.
There’s also a high-res texture pack available for the game to download to bring the graphical quality at par to the current standards.
The requirements for Linux are:
- Processor: 1.5 GHz (recommended 1.8 GHz)
- Memory:1GB RAM (2GB recommended)
- Graphics: Any OpenGL compatible graphics card with at least 256MB
- Hard Drive Space: 400MB