I hate to add any fuel to a fire, but these docs look like they're released on purpose...almost like a public auction.
wot? I don't think so. I'm sure that they allowed the now laid off guys to use their work in their portfolio to find jobs.
On the other hand, since spreadsheets of game plots and such are internal use only, this could be some disgruntled person releasing them anonymously. The 3DR company is no more, so they - as an entity - can't sue even if they found who was doing it.
It should be noted that Take 2 offered 3DR $30m for the Duke license. They rejected it - and opted to close the company. Devil's advocate here, but my guess is that once the company is closed and shutdown, GeorgeB could very well turn around and go do a deal with TT. And get to pocket the money. With no company to run, its all gravy. Of course both he and Scott Miller get to share those proceeds. tbh, if I was making a game for nigh on thirteen years and had no confidence that it would be anything special, I'd do the same thing.
Think about this. $5m in this day and age, is nuthin'. Heck, they could have gone to EA Parners and got $5m just for showing up since EA would have recouped that money on day one. But I have to think that a) 3DR probably didn't want to continue with the game b) $5m wasn't going to cut it.
Then of course, DNF is a toxic asset in the industry. So whoever was going to sign it - and not attach a ball and chain to 3DR - would have some serious explaining to do once their shareholders get wind of it.
It is highly unlikely that DNF will ever see the light of day. If there is another Duke project, it will most likely be in the form of another - completely unrelated - Duke game.
Game developers are just human beings who happen to make games for a living. If you want to hold us up to higher standards of conduct, then go ahead
...but don't be surprised if we don't uphold them