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New Development in the Duke-Wars

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By Jedireaper25-02-2014

It seems it’s never over for our muscle bound, shotgun wielding, Arnie-esque action hero. From interstellar Alien Invasions, to getting it on with the ladies, to simply getting out of a bajillion year development hell, it really is never over. And now poor Duke’s in trouble again, or at least 3D Realms (creator of such games as Duke Nukem 3D, back in the day) and development partner, Interceptor, are. They were working on a new top-down Nukem shooter together, without permission from the current licence holder, Gearbox Software, publisher of Duke Nukem Forever, which we covered in a previous article.

Now however, C.E.O of Interceptor, Frederik Schreiber, has indicated the lawsuit from Gearbox, saying:

"We are aware of the lawsuit against 3D Realms and Interceptor," Interceptor CEO Frederik Schreiber told Game Informer via email. "It’s an unfortunate situation, but we have acted in good faith and are working towards a resolution."

While 3D Realms have not commented on the situation, I just feel like face palming, as this reminds me of an incident where they tried to sue Gearbox for releasing Duke Nukem Forever and not paying them Royalties. Then turning around and apologising, as the licence was no longer theirs. Funny stuff.

It seems, though that Interceptor are optimistic that the situation can be resolved, and that something can, or maybe will be worked out and development on the game could perhaps continue. I hope that is the case. There needs to be more Duke Nukem in the world.


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Hail to the King, baby!

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Jesus christ, can't we all just let Duke die once and for all? He had his time. Like in '96. And even then, he was mostly just a ripoff of Ash anyway.

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I think 3D Realms somehow forgot and did not know they actually sold the Duke IP? Is this possible? :P

Gearbox is a big company with expensive lawyers, and while I don't have much faith in 3D Realms either (granted they had a lot of bad luck once they started developing Duke Nukem Forever), I don't think they did any of this intentionally and probably didn't read the fine print well enough when selling Duke.

From the looks of things, I'd wager that 3D Realms thought they were only selling the Duke Nukem Forever franchise and not all of Duke.