Gearbox Software has filed a lawsuit against 3D Realms over the creation of a recently teased game for the PC and PlayStation 4 called Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction. Gearbox purchased the development and publication rights to the first-person shooter series in order to finally release Duke Nukem Forever in 2010, but apparently somebody forgot to tell 3D Realms.
You see, typically when you sell something to someone else, that means it is not yours to use anymore, but 3D Realms reportedly decided to ignore that little fact. The studio licensed out Duke Nukem to Rise of the Triads developer Interceptor Studios under the guise that it was still allowed to, and went ahead to teased the game as “isometric action role-playing game.”
Gearbox sent an immediate cease and desist, which was met with an apology, but the lawsuit has still been filed. Neither Gearbox or 3D Realms has commented on the litigation, but Interceptor has chimed in through Game Informer, obviously not wanting to be stuck in between the two companies in their latest feud.
“We are aware of the lawsuit against 3D Realms and Interceptor…It’s an unfortunate situation, but we have acted in good faith and are working towards a resolution.”
This marks the second time a lawsuit had been filed between 3D Realms and Gearbox over the Duke Nukem franchise. Last June, 3D Realms sought damages from Gearbox over a breach of contract and failure to live up to the terms of the contract, but the lawsuit was tossed out in September.
Seriously, guys. Duke Nukem is not worth getting this worked up over anymore. It doesn’t look like 3D Realms has much to stand on this time unless there is a secret clause in the contract which we don’t know about. It’s just a shame that a talented developer like Interceptor has to get stuck in the crossfire.