The Gearbox & 3D Realms lawsuit has been settled. If you are wondering Gearbox retained the rights to the Duke Nukem franchise. Originally the problems arose when 3D Realms was bought by Interceptor who briefly teased Duke Nukem Mass Destruction then 3D Realms were sued by Gearbox.
Now it seems the companies have settled the differences in a joint statement. Gearbox, 3D Realms and Interceptor have said they have “resolved their differences”, and all litigation between them had ended.
3D Realms boss Mike Nielsen said,
“We never intended to cause any harm to Gearbox or Duke, which is why we immediately ceased development after Gearbox reached out,”
Nielsen also talked about his excitement for more Duke Nukem.
“To secure the future of Duke, 3D Realms has agreed with Gearbox that a single home serves the IP best. And as big Duke fans, we’re excited to see what Gearbox has in store for the ‘King.’ As for our own games, we’re eager to complete development of the ‘Bombshell’ game and get it in the hands of our fans.”
Randy Pitchford talked about bringing more Duke Nukem to gamers in the future.
“I did not acquire the franchise merely so people could experience Duke Nukem Forever,” he explained when asked if another Duke Nukem title would be made. “That was, sort of, the toll to pay to give Duke Nukem a chance at a future.
“So yes. In fact, we’ve done some concept development. The challenge is that Gearbox is very busy. A faster way would be if the correct developer would become interested and we’d work with them.”