Duke Nukem Forever DLC blowing up this fall

Hail to the Icons pack features four new maps and weapons, three new multiplayer modes; add-on free to First Access Club members.

After taking the development torch on Duke Nukem Forever, Gearbox saw the troubled project to its completion last month. The Texas-based studio isn't done with Duke just yet, as today the developer detailed the first downloadable content for the first-person shooter, due out this fall.

The new levels may look familiar to first-person shooter fans.

Dubbed the Hail to the Icons Parody Pack, the add-on will include four new maps, four new weapons, and three new modes, all for the multiplayer portion of the game. The new maps will have nods to previous first-person shooters like Call of Duty and Doom, while the new modes include Freeze Tag, Hot Potato, and the free-for-all Hail to the King mode.

The Hail to the Icons pack will be free for members of the First Access Club. Originally announced just weeks before the game launched, membership in the First Access Club was limited to gamers who had preordered Duke Nukem Forever from specific retailers or purchased Gearbox's previous first-person shooter, the Borderlands Game of the Year edition.

Gearbox did not confirm a price for the Hail to the Icons pack. However, when the First Access Club was originally announced, the developer indicated that the multiplayer add-on would tentatively sell separately for $10 on all platforms.

After well over a decade in development, Duke Nukem Forever made its delayed debut in stores last month. While Duke disappointed critics and analysts alike, it sold enough copies to rank second on the NPD Group's list of best-selling US retail games for the month of June.

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GamerNerdTalk
GamerNerdTalk

How good is the DLC duke? Speaking how you LIED about your game

MrJack3690
MrJack3690

@Frame_Dragger I don't know, it was just fun, if it wasn't so laggy though, Something about it I liked :P

Quezakolt
Quezakolt

It's weird, but the feeling of old-style PC glitches in 3D games, found me charmed in the demo.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@GamerNerdTalk Metal Gear Solid 4 actually had 3 DLC Map Packs, You couldn't buy them on the PSN Store though. I think you could only get them from the Konami website through the PS3 Browser

MrJack3690
MrJack3690

@smellyfeet Lol! :P I actually enjoyed the multi-player of Duke Nukem Forever, it was laggy as hell, but still fun. And the add-on being free for First Access Club Members is nice.

kos_maverik
kos_maverik

I finished the game, and I don't wanna play it again :P

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

While you're at it Gearbox, make the next Borderlands patch completely broken - every gun that you find in a chest crashes the game and once you restart it, every enemy is level -19396.

smellyfeet
smellyfeet

on the plus side -- DNF is probably the least pirated game of all time :)

sensesfail99
sensesfail99

One thing to say to every that has bashed this game.... Your too used to the modern day FPS games. This game was totally old school. I mean the enemies sometimes got stuck but when i played i didnt have that problem at all really... maybe once or twice my whole play thru. You all are bashing it because youve gotten so used to all the fps games out in the past decade. I personally loved this game, sure the load times were annoying but i got over it pretty fast, the only time they were really annoying was when you got stuck at a point and kept dying. I will def buy this DLC. Ive played all the multiplayer maps to death already, ill never get tired of hollywood holocaust of course tho haha. But yeah just saying most people didnt like it for that reason. and im sure i'll get a bunch of crap for saying this but do i care? absolutely not.

burnteyeball
burnteyeball

.... so many haters. I'm getting this ad-on any way. I know there will be a better Duke game in the future so might as well try and enjoy this trash while it lasts.

thurinthurinam
thurinthurinam

I could take a dump, write Duke Nukem on it and sell to the fanboys saying it's chocolate cake!! I'm rich!!

metaltorn
metaltorn

if anything it should be a free patch for all the thing that were wrong on the game, or something to make the game more fun and less boring.

iamnessie
iamnessie

I feel totally cheated for being in the First Access Club even though it was free. Gearbox is a letdown. First they don't have an ending to Borderlands, then they make you beat the game twice to actually beat it. Just to meet publishers demands. Then they release another unfinished game after hyping it for almost a year, just to disappoint all the people who had been looking forward to DNF. Randy Pritchard is great at hyping things just to not deliver. And I've lost respect for him and the company.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

I like how objective GS is trying to be in this article

lithus
lithus

@Tripwolf: Dude, it wasn't just critics that hated this game. DNF wasn't some multi-level conspiracy to hate on Duke. Fans everywhere (myself including) were completely let down by this game. Do you think ppl enjoy bashing a gaming legend? I don't. But I still like Duke, but the 1998 Duke, not this 2011 mess. I'm angry this game was released in the state it was in. Its basically a glitchy, ugly pre-beta on the original Xbox looking piece of garbage that should've just stayed on the shelves in developement.

lithus
lithus

lmao! seriously? You'd think Gearbox would lay low and try to forget this Duke mess they contributed to. Now they want to release a DLC reminder of their epic failure?! I think Pitchford should've made a public apology at the comic-con and dumped the remaining copies of DNF into the landfil with all the Atari E.T. games

macaque12
macaque12

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fredwv
fredwv

The prospect of getting genital herpes is more exciting than this DNF news. Just saying...

mtait01
mtait01

I imagine most people felt robbed with the game itself... why would you buy DLC for such an awful game?

chechak7
chechak7

make it free online to play then i came in :P

lindallison
lindallison

@pakhair I thought DNF had a two weapon limit, regenerating health and 'story' levels with no enemies. Is that old school?

nurnberg
nurnberg

Is there actually an online community for this game? I doubt that it's big.

vega13mv
vega13mv

omg! why would they release a DLC for the thousands of people that play this game online! dont they know the reviewers didnt like it! the developers should listen to the reviews and ignore the thousands of people that would gladly pay for it! now that's smart business!

pakhair
pakhair

God I know the reviews were terrible and they should be, Everything I can think about this game is buggy or broken from graphics to sound to enemy types to loading time e.t.c BUT THERE IS ONE THING that reviewers forgot to tell this game is old school fun, If you appreciated games of last gen with tons of bugs but fun moments, It's definitely worth a try. The game is humourous, has variety, is unique, is fun, the old school puzzles are interesting and duke is a man with style. BELIEVE IT guys I was waiting for it since ages and the reviews turned me down completely but still I thought of giving it a shot and I do not regret it, it's darn fun. First thing do not expect a lot and take it's flaws a little kindly and try to take it as old school and believe it's worth every penny. I'm not saying it's a good game, it's definitely flawed and the rating can't be higher then 5.5 or 6 due to tons of shortcomings but it's fun for sure

Goyoshi12
Goyoshi12

Oh great....so now instead of leaving Duke's coffin alone and letting the man rest in what peace he has left....their gonna burn his body, piss on his ashes, and then chuck the ashes into the ocean. :evil: Seriously, you guys killed him. :x Let him rest in @#$%ing peace! :(

Rickystickyman
Rickystickyman

@bl00dfist actually Doom and Quake are the two games that evolved the first person shooter the most, and wolfenstein as well. Compared to games like Quake, Duke Nukem 3D doesn't even compare.

Rickystickyman
Rickystickyman

Wow maybe this DLC will make up for the game (I lost)

sagelund
sagelund

Maybe THIS is what they spent those 15 years making, one perfect DLC!

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

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Zophar87
Zophar87

This game is going to need more than just DLC to make it worth buying.

GamerNerdTalk
GamerNerdTalk

I don't get why a game like this gets DLC. Metal Gear Solid 4 never got any DLC, nor did Metroid Prime 3: Curruption. But yet this game does.... :(

MrGoldfish1
MrGoldfish1

Who would buy this? Duke Nukem seems exactly like Q3 Arena just with different weapons and skins. How do they expect to sell a game when the idea is 15 years old.

GazaAli
GazaAli

lmao DLC for Duke Nukem Forevver :lol:

syam32245340
syam32245340

Lol really hard on this one. Still gonna save it with DLC packs is a positive attitude shown by the developer :lol:

alecrast82
alecrast82

It's weird for me because I didn't like the game but I didn't hate it either, but since the critics hated it so much i'm left in a position where i have to defend it, because the game is just not as bad as they are saying.

slonekb05
slonekb05

seriously? DLC for this game... trash should be buried in the desert.

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

I'm not surprised by this. Yes, it sold well, and that's why there's DLC, but is anyone going to buy it? Does anyone even play the multiplayer for this game?

bl00dfist
bl00dfist

to all the duke haters, just remember, without duke3d you wouldn't have your little COD games. and for the record, duke forever > black ops. At least duke tryed to be different, not just put in new skins and a new coat of paint and call it a new game and charge full price for it.

game_overdose54
game_overdose54

13 years and there's STILL DLC for it? Paying a cent for DLC for this game is just insulting.

guildclaws
guildclaws

I hate DNF especially the long load time

Final_XXII
Final_XXII

This news got the most comments,because almost everyone here to say the game is rubbish...DNF is not rubbish-there is no category nowdays like this shooting game,lot of "gamers" don't even know Redneck Rampage or Shadow Samurai-awesome FUN shooting games.Over 10 years ideas in this game,multiplayer just to follow trends-single player the best.I DUNNO WHAT WAS THE LAST TIME I WAS SMILING THIS MUCH ON A GAME!! If the best graphic and the swearing at someone online the most important than you are just a person who playing games-not a gamer.

Johny_47
Johny_47

The DLC should be free for all because of how 'unfinished' the game is, I have it and have completed it but everytime I played it I missed the old ones like Time to Kill, especially that one, it's fun for a while but even Duke's one liner's are not as cool and funny as the older games. I'm not going to 'nit pick' at it, most reviewers have already done that, just could have been SO much more than it is. Should have worked on a serious update to make it better first than his I think.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Couldn't they release a data-eating virus instead?

DarxPhil
DarxPhil

DNF feels unpolished and unfinished, the gameplay is very average with nothing special or redeeming about. And the visuals look as though they threw a crap ton of bloom over everything to try and mask the 2005 looking visual design. Very bad game for $60, hell i'd wait till it's at least $15-$20 in the bargain bin.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

So many years and this is DLC? there you go.. DLC is a joke! unless they are updating a 1 to 4 year old game its useless. This should have been on the disc. Freaking members sucks.

vega13mv
vega13mv

yes, people do play this game, it's really fast and easy to get into a online match and yes, people will get this DLC cuz people like playing it and want more content for multiplayer and no, no one cares if you hate it because those of us still playing are having a blast

Alvaro_20
Alvaro_20

alrighty, free DL for me ! > : D

s4dn3s5
s4dn3s5

The PC version of the game still deserved at least a 5.5 or a 6. Shame on you Gamespot for jumping on the hate wagon with a miserable 3.5