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Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled

A statement on the Gearbox Software website shows that the lawsuits over the rights to the Duke Nukem IP have been settled, and the lawyers for Gearbox, Interceptor Entertainment, and 3D Realms are all now in the hot tub toasting their success. There are statements from all the involved parties, with 3D Realms saying they didn't realize they weren't entitled to license an IP after selling it off, that Interceptor is still developing Bombshell, and that Gearbox has voluntarily ended the litigation, satisfied that they've proven ownership of the Duke IP. There are hugs all around, and the goodwill everyone expresses makes a mystery of how this ended up in court. Here's some of the love:

Gearbox Software appreciates the sentiments from Interceptor and 3D Realms' representatives. Gearbox Software President Randy Pitchford said, “I genuinely appreciate Mr. Nielsen’s and Mr. Schreiber’s statement and 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.

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23. Re: Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled Aug 20, 2015, 02:16 InBlack
 
Randy and the rest of the crew can go fuck themselves.  
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22. Re: Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled Aug 19, 2015, 23:40 Kxmode
 
There are statements from all the involved parties, with 3D Realms saying they didn't realize they weren't entitled to license an IP after selling it off, that Interceptor is still developing Bombshell, and that Gearbox has voluntarily ended the litigation, satisfied that they've proven ownership of the Duke IP. There are hugs all around, and the goodwill everyone expresses makes a mystery of how this ended up in court.

Think Star Citizen Backers and Anti-Backers will ever become like that?
 
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21. Re: Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled Aug 19, 2015, 15:24 wtf_man
 
mystery8 wrote on Aug 19, 2015, 14:18:
PHJF wrote on Aug 19, 2015, 10:19:
You realize nobody actually said that and it is just Blue making a joke?

Well yes, but I can see that actually happen, given the parties involved

Ditto.

Just like the battle between Interplay and Zenimax over Fallout Licensing. 3D Realms and Interplay both got to keep the old shit... but can't make anything new (Interplay was trying to make that FallOut MMO)
 
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20. Re: Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled Aug 19, 2015, 15:11 The Magician
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 19, 2015, 13:09:
Task wrote on Aug 19, 2015, 10:52:
nin wrote on Aug 19, 2015, 10:08:
Task wrote on Aug 19, 2015, 10:05:
Great, now we'll never see that Duke Nukem HD Reloaded remake from Interceptor. And now Gearbox and Randy can sit on more IP's that they have done little service too. What a soddin' wanker.

Was that Bombshell, or was Bombshell something else? They say they're "eager to complete development of the ‘Bombshell’ game and get it in the hands of our fans."

Oh, and they're not going to sit on that IP, they're going to exploit the fuck out of it.


It was going to be "Duke Nukem 3D Reloaded" a remake of the original Duke Nukem. Same levels with stuff added to 'em on Unreal 3 engine. Interceptor said it was shaping up. Gearbox shut em down. There are very little screens of it: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2. When it was shut down, Schreiber stated:

"The problem was that Reloaded, in its then present state, was both a prettier and better game than Forever was. So they [Gearbox] could under no circumstances allow us [Interceptor] to publish it, show it, or do anything at all with it, because it would destroy the sales-opportunities they had left in Forever."

Basically Gearbox/Randy being pikers to make a buck off Forever.

A Duke Nukem reboot in the Unreal engine would rock. Those screenshots look fantastic.

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I worked on that, and it was pretty cool. Of course, DNF was Unreal (2).. but we were working on that in UDK/Unreal3.. it was a lot of fun to work on. And several of the people who were not professional game developers prior to that have gone into the business now.
 
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19. Re: Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled Aug 19, 2015, 14:18 mystery8
 
PHJF wrote on Aug 19, 2015, 10:19:
You realize nobody actually said that and it is just Blue making a joke?

Well yes, but I can see that actually happen, given the parties involved
 
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18. Re: Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled Aug 19, 2015, 14:14 Task
 
El Pit wrote on Aug 19, 2015, 12:07:
So, Schreiber basically said: "Look, we cannot prove it, because Big Evil won't allow us, but believe us, we had THE hit in the making, it was awesome, brilliant, better than Star Citizen, but Big Evil shut us down because we were better than their AAA product. You gotta believe us! It's got nothing to do with us being shut down that we sound angry and quite a bit too full of ourselves! Be a Star Citizen and BELIEVE!!! Proof is only for fools!"

Inquisitive Its your prerogative if you would like to defend Gearbox and Pitchford's mediocre use of certain IPs. *Shrug*

Also, no where in that quote did he say really any of that - only you did. So of course, it must be true it was the next Duke Nukem Space Sim? Weird.
 
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17. Re: Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled Aug 19, 2015, 14:11 Devinoch
 
Wait, we still get the residuals, right? WHAT?!?!? We Don't?!?! WHY NOT!?!?!

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16. Re: Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled Aug 19, 2015, 13:36 Agent.X7
 
wtf_man wrote on Aug 19, 2015, 09:59:
3D Realms saying they didn't realize they weren't entitled to license an IP after selling it off

Inquisitive Wtf

Wait, we still get the residuals, right? WHAT?!?!? We Don't?!?! WHY NOT!?!?!
 
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15. Re: Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled Aug 19, 2015, 13:09 RedEye9
 
Task wrote on Aug 19, 2015, 10:52:
nin wrote on Aug 19, 2015, 10:08:
Task wrote on Aug 19, 2015, 10:05:
Great, now we'll never see that Duke Nukem HD Reloaded remake from Interceptor. And now Gearbox and Randy can sit on more IP's that they have done little service too. What a soddin' wanker.

Was that Bombshell, or was Bombshell something else? They say they're "eager to complete development of the ‘Bombshell’ game and get it in the hands of our fans."

Oh, and they're not going to sit on that IP, they're going to exploit the fuck out of it.


It was going to be "Duke Nukem 3D Reloaded" a remake of the original Duke Nukem. Same levels with stuff added to 'em on Unreal 3 engine. Interceptor said it was shaping up. Gearbox shut em down. There are very little screens of it: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2. When it was shut down, Schreiber stated:

"The problem was that Reloaded, in its then present state, was both a prettier and better game than Forever was. So they [Gearbox] could under no circumstances allow us [Interceptor] to publish it, show it, or do anything at all with it, because it would destroy the sales-opportunities they had left in Forever."

Basically Gearbox/Randy being pikers to make a buck off Forever.

A Duke Nukem reboot in the Unreal engine would rock. Those screenshots look fantastic.

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14. Re: Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled Aug 19, 2015, 12:07 Kristian Joensen
 
The thing the media almost never mentions about this case is that when 3DR sold the rights to the IP, they still reserved certain rights. Such as the Duke movie rights, the rights to all pre-DNF Duke games and the rights to complete certain specified Duke games. Including a game called "Duke Nukem Survivor". They maintained that Duke Nukem Mass Destruction WAS the Survivor game.

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13. Re: Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled Aug 19, 2015, 12:07 El Pit
 
Task wrote on Aug 19, 2015, 10:52:
It was going to be "Duke Nukem 3D Reloaded" a remake of the original Duke Nukem. Same levels with stuff added to 'em on Unreal 3 engine. Interceptor said it was shaping up. Gearbox shut em down. There are very little screens of it: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2. When it was shut down, Schreiber stated:

"The problem was that Reloaded, in its then present state, was both a prettier and better game than Forever was. So they [Gearbox] could under no circumstances allow us [Interceptor] to publish it, show it, or do anything at all with it, because it would destroy the sales-opportunities they had left in Forever."

Basically Gearbox/Randy being pikers to make a buck off Forever.

So, Schreiber basically said: "Look, we cannot prove it, because Big Evil won't allow us, but believe us, we had THE hit in the making, it was awesome, brilliant, better than Star Citizen, but Big Evil shut us down because we were better than their AAA product. You gotta believe us! It's got nothing to do with us being shut down that we sound angry and quite a bit too full of ourselves! Be a Star Citizen and BELIEVE!!! Proof is only for fools!"

And re: "What? We sold it and are not allowed to license it to somebody else?!" Dude, of course you are! If you sell your car, you are of course still allowed to use and lend it whenever you want! The judge was just kidding you!
 
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12. Re: Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled Aug 19, 2015, 12:05 HorrorScope
 
Care level zero.  
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11. Re: Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled Aug 19, 2015, 12:00 SimplyMonk
 
Will probably see Duke Nukem 3D Reloaded released in the next year or so. Sales of DNF have tapered off as of this year and if anything 2K may figure that Reloaded could be a good deal and possibly even cause a spike in DNF sales as well by exposing a younger generation to the classic Duke and then scamming them into getting DNF.  
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10. Re: Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled Aug 19, 2015, 10:52 Task
 
nin wrote on Aug 19, 2015, 10:08:
Task wrote on Aug 19, 2015, 10:05:
Great, now we'll never see that Duke Nukem HD Reloaded remake from Interceptor. And now Gearbox and Randy can sit on more IP's that they have done little service too. What a soddin' wanker.

Was that Bombshell, or was Bombshell something else? They say they're "eager to complete development of the ‘Bombshell’ game and get it in the hands of our fans."

Oh, and they're not going to sit on that IP, they're going to exploit the fuck out of it.


It was going to be "Duke Nukem 3D Reloaded" a remake of the original Duke Nukem. Same levels with stuff added to 'em on Unreal 3 engine. Interceptor said it was shaping up. Gearbox shut em down. There are very little screens of it: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2. When it was shut down, Schreiber stated:

"The problem was that Reloaded, in its then present state, was both a prettier and better game than Forever was. So they [Gearbox] could under no circumstances allow us [Interceptor] to publish it, show it, or do anything at all with it, because it would destroy the sales-opportunities they had left in Forever."

Basically Gearbox/Randy being pikers to make a buck off Forever.
 
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9. Re: Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled Aug 19, 2015, 10:19 PHJF
 
You realize nobody actually said that and it is just Blue making a joke?  
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8. Re: Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled Aug 19, 2015, 10:13 Creston
 
nin wrote on Aug 19, 2015, 09:40:
"As part of the settlement, Nielsen and Schreiber were forced to sit through a 45 minute magic show from Randy Pitchford and clap accordingly. George Broussard was not able to attend, due to prior commitments of a WOW raid."


 
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7. Re: Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled Aug 19, 2015, 10:13 Creston
 
with 3D Realms saying they didn't realize they weren't entitled to license an IP after selling it off

Uh-huh.

 
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6. Re: Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled Aug 19, 2015, 10:08 nin
 
Task wrote on Aug 19, 2015, 10:05:
Great, now we'll never see that Duke Nukem HD Reloaded remake from Interceptor. And now Gearbox and Randy can sit on more IP's that they have done little service too. What a soddin' wanker.

Was that Bombshell, or was Bombshell something else? They say they're "eager to complete development of the ‘Bombshell’ game and get it in the hands of our fans."

Oh, and they're not going to sit on that IP, they're going to exploit the fuck out of it.

 
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5. Re: Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled Aug 19, 2015, 10:05 Task
 
Great, now we'll never see that Duke Nukem HD Reloaded remake from Interceptor. And now Gearbox and Randy can sit on more IP's that they have done little service too. What a soddin' wanker.  
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4. Re: Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled Aug 19, 2015, 10:03 Darks
 
wtf_man wrote on Aug 19, 2015, 09:59:
3D Realms saying they didn't realize they weren't entitled to license an IP after selling it off

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Yea, that one made me cringe to when I read it. I mean, seriously how can they even think they were entitled to license an IP that they sold off? Rolleyes2 and Wall
 
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