3D Realms Stops Duking It Out Against Gearbox
Well, in a sudden (and smart) turn of events, 3D Realms has finally come face to face with reality (and stopped their nonsense) and has thus opted to withdraw their lawsuit against Gearbox. The lawsuit was filed in June and managed to draw in a lot of criticism. Generally against 3D Realms, but there were some people who felt 3D Realms was right.
This could have to do with the current ownership of 3D Realms by its independent spin-off company, Apogee Software, LLC. Perhaps the management within Apogee applied pressure to encourage them to drop the lawsuit. Either that, or 3D Realms finally realised this would likely cost them more than they could gain. And maybe decided that it was perhaps wise to first check-out the sales numbers, for Duke Nukem Forever, before trying to make a claim to 2 million USD... Like duh!
In any case, Scott Miller, the CEO of 3D Realms made an open statement to all Press saying:
"After reviewing evidence regarding our business affairs, and without any money exchanging hands, we have satisfactorily resolved any and all differences that we perceived against Gearbox."
In addition, Miller also offers his "genuine" apologies to Gearbox' CEO and President Randy Pitchford. It seems they hope to mend their relationship. Maybe hoping to cash-in on the new Duke Nukem sequel that Gearbox is working on from the ground up. Unlike Duke Nukem Forever, which was a major (and failed) salvage operation by Gearbox to repair, finish and improve the broken pieces of an almost 20-year start-stop development, the new Duke sequel will be made completely from scratch by the talent within Gearbox. As a result, it has a lot of potential to be a great Duke game and perhaps become the Duke sequel we were all waiting for.
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