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For fans of oldschool Duke Nukem on Linux, sadly you're now out of luck. Gearbox took over the rights to Duke Nukem and Devolver's deal for Duke Nukem 3D Megaton Edition has ended, so essentially Duke Nukem 3D Megaton Edition is no more and there is no Linux support for the new Gearbox-published edition.

It's nice that previous owners of Duke Nukem 3D Megaton Edition get to keep their copy (as they bloody well should!), but now anyone on Linux wanting old school Duke Nukem (that don't own it already) are a bit out of luck.

Here's Devolver's statement on it:
QuoteDevolver Digital’s distribution agreement for Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition has ended and the game is no longer for sale. All current owners get to keep the game, but the title will no longer be available for purchase through the PlayStation Network, Steam, Humble Store and other authorized digital distributors and Steam key vendors.

Following the end of our distribution agreement of Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition, Gearbox Software will take over publishing rights of the title.


Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour is the new updated title that only supports Windows, as it uses DirectX 11. Seems a fair few people are pretty unhappy with this new edition too.

Thanks Gearbox.
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BTRE 13 October 2016 at 8:09 pm UTC
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I own the Megaton edition and luckily it hasn't been removed from my library, but damn if this isn't disappointing. There's no legal way to own this game on Linux now. Gearbox already disappointed me by not releasing Homeworld Remastered on Linux and now this nonsense? Hopefully they'll make a positive statement and eventually make things right since it seems that even Windows users are upset that this new edition has less content than the Megaton edition.
Rugaliz 13 October 2016 at 8:12 pm UTC
BTREI own the Megaton edition and luckily it hasn't been removed from my library...

The day steam removes a game i own is the last day i ever buy a geme from steam, gog all the way...
crt0mega 13 October 2016 at 8:18 pm UTC
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QuoteDuke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour is the new updated title that only supports Windows, as it uses DirectX 11. Seems a fair few people are pretty unhappy with this new edition too.
Does it run on eDuke32? Does it work with eDuke32?


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jordicoma 13 October 2016 at 8:37 pm UTC
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QuoteDuke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour is the new updated title that only supports Windows, as it uses DirectX 11. Seems a fair few people are pretty unhappy with this new edition too.
Does it run on eDuke32? Does it work with eDuke32?

I watch a video review from LGR (youtube), he is a dukenukem 3d fan, he complains that it's 20$ for a chapter, the sound is worse (it has some more sound), some graphic twitches, you cannot save (only rewind), no linux or mac support, and also says that the maps are not compatible with eduke32.

So, sadly, no, if you don't have dukenukem 3d, the only option to play it is pirate it now.

Here is the review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zhEVoopp4g
BTRE 13 October 2016 at 9:00 pm UTC
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RugalizThe day steam removes a game i own is the last day i ever buy a geme from steam, gog all the way...
It's no longer for sale at any online shop, GOG included. And, as much as I want to like GOG the fact that Galaxy isn't out on Linux yet, their subpar communication generally and a few other things make me think they don't care much about Linux users at all. I'd rather get DRM-free games from the humble store if I had to.
GustyGhost 13 October 2016 at 9:57 pm UTC
BTREThere's no legal way to own this game on Linux now.

You'd better curtail that wrongthink quick or we're going to send our goons to break your kneecaps. Be a good patriot and never resort to piracy, which has no justifications whatsoever.
throgh 13 October 2016 at 10:10 pm UTC
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RugalizThe day steam removes a game i own is the last day i ever buy a geme from steam, gog all the way...
It's no longer for sale at any online shop, GOG included. And, as much as I want to like GOG the fact that Galaxy isn't out on Linux yet, their subpar communication generally and a few other things make me think they don't care much about Linux users at all. I'd rather get DRM-free games from the humble store if I had to.

To be honest: I don't really it's a problem about GOG. Besides personal opinion that any third party client is absolutely unnecessary! The problem is: Most companies give nothing about Linux or just take it as some kind of "bonus" through porting to a BSD-derivate like the Playstation. Until today no further port like "Knights of the Old Republic" didn't even made it to GOG. The game itself is available. Why? The answer is very easy: Because the port has other owners and they just don't care about DRM-free builds because Steam as proprietary platform is more interesting! Everybody can decide if this is valuable or not, for me this is not valuable and I don't give anything about Steam or any further client!
badber 13 October 2016 at 10:16 pm UTC
I find it likely that a nice free software developer is going to use his own time to reverse engineer their file format changes and then you'll be able to use a source port again. Pretty scummy thing to drop the Linux/Mac and demand full price for a bit of additional content in a package that actually breaks some things and hasn't apparently been that lovingly crafted for sure...
Guest 13 October 2016 at 10:34 pm UTC
If you download it from steam if you already own it. Can the game be played offline ( i assume so ) and can the files be copied out of the download directory and played without steam ?


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g000h 14 October 2016 at 12:13 am UTC
Phew. Glad I at least own Duke Nukem 3D Atomic Edition on GOG, which has Linux support (presumably via Wine wrapper). Seems like all the Duke games that were available to buy on GOG are now gone, and can't be bought any more. Duke was one of my favourite games back in the good old days.
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