First Duke Nukem Forever DLC pack to take aim at shooter legends

2K Games and Gearbox are extending Duke Nukem's reunion tour with a new multiplayer DLC pack that looks to throw a few jabs at the King's biggest competitors. Due out this fall, the Hail to the Icons Parody Pack will introduce three new multiplayer modes, an extended arsenal and four new maps 'inspired' by the likes of Call of Duty, Team Fortress 2, generic sandbox games and old school Doom.

The less-than-subtle parody maps make up the bulk of the games first add-on pack. In Call of Duke, players will trade shots in a destitute war-ravaged city wherein Duke can call in a N00b T00b attack, which we assume will be something akin to an air strike but with clueless newbs and/or internet trolls in lieu of bombs. Elsewhere in the map Sandbox, combatants will be shrunk down to mini-Dukes and let loose in a bonefide children's sandbox packed with kids toys and Sticky Bombs. The referential good times keep on rolling in Inferno, a retro-style map invoking the old days of Doom; and 2Forts1Bridge, Gearbox's nod to Valve's Team Fortress 2, of which Gearbox writes: “Hats? Duke doesn’t need no stinking hats. Give him a minigun and he’ll beat off all comers.”

The new modes include Freeze Tag, a team game where players run up the score by freezing and shattering their opponents in quick succession; Hot Potato, a contest to see who can 'hold the babe' the longest; and Hail to the King, a “free-for-all” Duke style frag-fest.

Hail to the Icons Parody Pack will be available for all versions of Duke Nukem Forever, and free to eager DNF loyalists who signed up for the First Access Club prior to the game's launch. In anticipation of the pack's release this fall, Gearbox is inviting anyone within the Novato, California, area to test play the new content on Thursday, August 4th. Full details (and understandable age restrictions) are now posted on 2K Games' website.

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  • CommandantOreo - July 28, 2011 2:16 p.m.

    If I want an excellent MP experience, I'll stick with my CoD/Battlefield thanks.
  • Lolspamm0r - July 28, 2011 5:52 a.m.

    Frankly, i enjoyed DNF a fair bit. But the multiplayer is held back by the terrible lag
  • birdman1041 - July 28, 2011 1:03 a.m.

    @shadowreaper72 - Yes. "One" IS, in fact, approximately accurate for the number of people who love this game. "Haters gonna hate," that's a good one. "Only suckers like games that suck" is more like it.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - July 27, 2011 10:27 p.m.

    Too bad the game sucks, I'd love to play parody maps from cod and Doom.
  • Xifihas - July 27, 2011 10:22 p.m.

    Too little too late.
  • NightCrawler_358 - July 27, 2011 9:34 p.m.

    When I heard about this, I was furious! How dare a piece of crap disappointment like Duke Nukem make fun of great games like these! Duke Nukem Forever was never supposed to happen but somebody decided to pull it out of the grave for some cash, when it is clear to me that Duke Nukem DIED 14 years ago!! THE NERVE!
  • raptorak - July 27, 2011 9:09 p.m.

    Duke Nukem Multiplayer would be a lot of fun - if it wasn't laggy as hell and that I am playing from China, guess how many servers we have here! And to all you haters - Blow it out your ass! Like Shadowreaper 72 said, DUKE NUKEM FOREVER!
  • codystovall - July 27, 2011 8:22 p.m.

    Freeze tag eh....
  • wiitard07 - July 27, 2011 8:19 p.m.

    @Db 1331 At what point did Duty Calls say that CoD was immature? And Bulletstorm was supposed to have it's dick jokes, that was part of the charm! At no point in that game did I think brown and bland either, the entire great and funny world in that game was vibrant and colorful (except for the underground levels).
  • shadowreaper72 - July 27, 2011 7:35 p.m.

    Haters gonna hate. I for one love this game. DUKE NUKEM FOREVER BITCHES!!!
  • Crypto140 - July 27, 2011 6:52 p.m.

    Gearbox does know this game wasn't good, right? Hurry up and make a new train wreck of a game!
  • aman123 - July 27, 2011 6:13 p.m.

    I don't know why but this pissed me off for some reason. If people have to pay for it after the horrendous scores the game got and the fact that it IS bad, the developers have lost it.
  • HumorTumor - July 27, 2011 6:07 p.m.

    Luckily the pass I got for pre-ordering makes this free for me. But....I'm not seeing myself playing Dukes mp, was hoping for some single player expansion.
  • PizzatheHutt - July 27, 2011 6 p.m.

    Soooooooo, is this the DLC that fixes my broken hopes and shattered dreams? This game still makes me sadface.
  • db1331 - July 27, 2011 6 p.m.

    People are seriously still playing this? The thought of DNF making fun of other shooters reminds me of the CoD Parody game/Bulletstorm advert. They made fun of CoD for being unoriginal, brown, and immature, then released a trailer for their game with dick jokes, and a guy on a brown planet shooting a gun at a big brown alien. It just boggles the mind. It's like at E3 when EA said they didn't need any random celebrities to talk up their games, then a few minutes later had Lil Wayne talking about how awesome FIFA is.
  • JizzStr8InUrHeart - July 27, 2011 5:54 p.m.

    In this DLC you get to see Duke jerking off to dead foetuses while smoking a pizza flavored cigar.
  • YamiLink03 - July 27, 2011 5:54 p.m.

    Why pay money for DLC for a crappy game that parodies a GOOD game like TF2?
  • keltar93 - July 27, 2011 5:52 p.m.

    Duke, you really in the place to be making knocks at games that much better than yours?
  • TheTygerfire - July 27, 2011 5:50 p.m.

    Map packs for a game with the most horribly designed, laggy, and pointless multiplayer ever? No thanks.
  • TheoneandonlyPym - July 27, 2011 5:43 p.m.

    DLC? For a game that took 12 years to make? They STILL haven't finished it?

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