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.
Dennaton Games and Devolver Digital have released a teaser trailer for Hotline Miami 2 - though as is the case with teasers, you’ll need to wait a bit longer for gameplay.
The sequel promises to conclude the “gruesome saga” started in Hotline Miami, and follows the escalating level of violence through multiple factions with intersecting storylines.
Players will step into the mind of several distinct characters , each with their own motivations and methods of execution.
The game’s currently without a firm release date, but Dennaton Games is targeting a release later this year on PC, Mac and Linux.
There’s currently no mention of the sequel coming to console formats, but the first game is set for a summer release on PS Vita and PS3. We expect Hotline Miami 2 will eventually launch on the PlayStation platforms, too.
Having learned of Serious Sam 3: BFE being officially announced for Linux. There seems to be a buzz floating around, about the game is also coming to Steam indefinitely. Not just the PC version but the Linux version.
In the past 24 hours, two rather reputable sources have comfirmed this fact. Both The Verge and Joystiq reported news based on the following statement from Devolver Digital’s, Fork Parker:
“Fork Parker, chief financial officer at Devolver Digital said, “We’re in the process of integrating Steamworks and achievements and the whole shebang, but we can’t get the little fucker of a penguin to stand still.
Serious Sam 3: BFE is a glorious throwback to the golden age of first-person shooters where men were men, cover was for amateurs and pulling the trigger made things go boom. Serving as a prequel to the original indie sensation, Serious Sam: The First Encounter, Serious Sam 3: BFE takes place during the Earth’s final struggle against Mental’s invading legions of beasts and mercenaries. Set against the collapsing temples of an ancient civilization and the crumbling cities of 22nd century Egypt, Serious Sam 3: BFE is an exhilarating fusion of classic twitch shooters and modern gameplay features.
Parker continued, “The last time I had anything ‘Open Sourced’ I was in Thailand, if you catch my drift.”
After having caught this posting at AusGamers, I was finally convinced. My predictions have come alive.
Okay, they’re on the more subtle side, of course, but never the less true. :)
So where do things stand?
Right now we know that Serious Sam 3: BFE will join Valve’s Left 4 Dead 2 in upcoming releases. There seems to be a few gameplay screenshots floating around and it looks like Devolver Digital has been spreading the word with a better than amicable response. Serious Sam 3: Jewel of the Nile DLC has been announced for an October release. So it looks like we could expect to see a full Linux Steam client before or around the same time as the DLC.
That is, considering all things in the nature of public relations and industry enthusiasm.