updated 12:15 pm EDT, Tue May 10, 2011
Hints appear in manual on Steam
The long-awaited first-person shooter Duke Nukem Forever could be coming to the App Store, reports suggest. The game is now available for pre-order on Steam, and there people can already access the title's digital manual. Unusually the document contains a legal section entitled "Apple App Store Additional License Terms."
The paragraph raises questions if it is not just misplaced. Duke Nukem Forever is officially set to launch on June 14th for just three platforms, including Windows, the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. No Mac or iOS version of the game has been announced.
Because the legal language refers to a "non-transferable license to use the Software only on an iPhone or iPod touch that you own or control," it would seem to specifically imply an iOS port. The feat should be possible, as while DNF uses a heavily modified engine it is still based on Epic's Unreal technology, which has successfully been ported to iOS devices despite high-end graphics. Epic and Chair's Infinity Blade is in fact one of the bestselling iOS games, and was given cosmetic enhancements for the iPad 2.