Duke Nukem lawsuit settled

  • 19/08/2015
The original Duke Nukem was released in 1991
The original Duke Nukem was released in 1991

Gearbox Software, 3D Realms and Interceptor Entertainment have "resolved their differences" and ceased all litigation over the Duke Nukem property.

In February last year, Gearbox filed a lawsuit against 3D Realms and Interceptor over alleged trademark and copyright infringement, after the latter two companies announced Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction.

3D Realms is the original creator of Duke Nukem, and though they retain the rights to re-release games that they developed, the IP was purchased by Gearbox in 2010.

"We never intended to cause any harm to Gearbox or Duke, which is why we immediately ceased development after Gearbox reached out," says 3D Realms CEO Mike Nielsen.

"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."

"I sincerely offer my best wishes to Interceptor Entertainment and 3D Realms towards their future success and, as someone who was part of the 3D Realms team when Bombshell was first imagined, I am excited to see what they have in store for us with their game," says Gearbox Software President Randy Pitchford.

Details of the settlement weren't released, though it seems that it's business-as-usual for Gearbox's ownership of Duke Nukem and 3D Realms' development of Bombshell.


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