That article is just complaining for the sake of complaining.
Yes, Duke was pulled from digital distribution services after the lawsuit was settled. This is not uncommon when it comes to IP lawsuits. Specially when the IP changes hands as it did here.
The older releases that were branded with 3DR logo were pulled, as they are no longer the owners of the property. Bethesda did similar things with certain id Software games.
And other publishers have made similar moves in the past. Once GBX got full ownership of the Duke IP I figured it'd be a matter of days before the Duke games were removed from Steam and GOG.
That article just sounds like someone who doesn't like GBX and is made 3DR no longer owns the character.
Which, I'm not going to get into the finer details of that discussion... as everyone has opinions, facts, rumors and ideas. This is not the place for such a discussion.
BUT... complaining about the system requirements, yeah, that's just ignorant. One, as you said, the hardware listen is very, very old. And two, they made modifications to the engine, changes and improvements. They changed it to a fully 3D rendering engine instead of the 2.5D it was before.
How people are surprised that changed the hardware requirements is beyond me.
I get, somewhat, that people are upset it's 20 bucks. And, it's mostly people who already bought other versions for cheaper. A lot are upset they have to (when they absolutely don't) rebuy the game. And they are upset it's priced higher then they think it should be.
But, the previous releases... yes, new packages but the same content that had been available for years. There was nothing new in the Megaton Edition.
No exclusive features, no additional content or behind the scenes stuff. It was DN3D, with it's expansions... and it didn't even feature the "rewind" feature the previous Xbox LIVE version had.
Now, this new version is coming out with developer commentary. An updated engine, changed lighting engine, new dialog from Jon... and a brand new episode from some of the original level designers of DN3D.
And, people are upset that a re-release with new content costs 20 bucks. Sorry, but 20 bucks is not much. Less then a tank of gas or eating out.
And, if you can't afford 20 bucks right away... no biggie. Nobody is forcing anyone to buy the game day one. And, it's not replacing existing copies.
If you own the Megaton Edition, you can still play that... I do.
Sorry, a lot of the feedback coming to this project is from a lot of people who hate GBX because they feel GBX wronged them somehow.
As if GBX personally did them wrong because of the lawsuit. When, in reality, GBX handled it much cleaner and nicer then a lot of other publishers and companies would have.