Duke Nukem II blasting onto iOS

Screen Shot 2013-03-14 at 2.17.55 PMWith Duke Nukem II’s 20th anniversary fast approaching, there’s some good news for fans of the franchise who are likely disheartened by the realization that one of their favorite games is old enough to drink: Interceptor Entertainment and 3D Realms have announced the game for  iOS.

The game is still considered an iconic entry in the Duke Nukem library of games, as it comes from a point when the franchise hadn’t become known for the titular characters’ comic violence, misogyny, and the 15-year development cycle that made Duke Nukem Forever infamous.

3D Realms originally launched Duke Nukem II in 1993  in four episodes consisting of eight episodes each, the first of which was available for free as shareware (essentially serving as an extended free demo). In 1999, the game was released for GameBoy Color. Interceptor Entertainment is promising the game’s retro, 256 color VGA graphics will be preserved, as will all 32 original levels. The game is also coming with touchscreen controls implemented.

Social features for the game haven’t been revealed yet, but it wouldn’t be surprising if basic features like Game Center are implemented. While classic game ports onto iOS have proven successful for groups like Konami and Namco, Duke Nukem is one of those brands that is often simultaneously beloved and reviled. It will be interesting to see whether adult gamers have enough fond memories to make the game a success on the platform.

No launch date has officially been revealed, but we’re told the game will come out soon and will cost $1.99.