Yeah, well, controversy is all part of the plan.
The multiplayer modes for Duke Nukem Forever have been revealed in OXM (and soon grabbed by multiple sources, including Duke4.net ), and at first, there doesn't really seem to be anything out of the ordinary. There's Dukematch, Team Dukematch, Capture the Babe, and Hail to the King. Just a little play on words there, right?
Multiplayer will support 8 players with 4 vs. 4 only, 10 maps will be featured at launch – including an overhauled Dukeburger – and you earn experience with which we'll customize our very own Duke. But that Capture the Babe mode…well, there's this one feature that could very well incite plenty of controversy. As you're trying to make off with the other team's babe, she will occasionally "freak out;" at which point, you have to give her a little smack to calm her down.
…all right. We don't really have the specifics but Gearbox does say this is "more goofy than offensive," so it's not like we haul the chick into a corner and start whaling on her. But you know, this is the type of thing that could make headlines in all the wrong places, and with all the evil inflections and implications. As for the multiplayer experiences, Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford had this to say :
"Don't worry about it, we remember why we played Duke and part of that was wanting to get online and shrink you and break you into ice cubes, and so on, and the correct multiplayer experience for Duke Nukem Forever has to pay those things off. Some of the interesting questions are what it does beyond that, and that'll be exciting for people to discover and I'm really looking forward to that."
We have no comment on the issue, but what's your take? Is this harmless fun or are petitions and hate mail imminent? Maybe we actually have to see this "slap" in action first…
Related Game(s): Duke Nukem Forever