The long courtroom battles, the pencil sketch guy handing artistic renderings of the inner workings of the private courtroom drama to the nearest C-SPAN reporter, the spitting and biting have come to a close. Actually it was never really that bad. Gearbox announced that it had resolved the dispute over intellectual property ownership of the Duke Nukem franchise. 3d Realms and Interceptor both agreed to terms with Gearbox, and are now heartily holding hands and roasting s’mores.
Gearbox, the makers of really bad games like Aliens Colonial Marines and Duke Nukem Forever, released this statement “Gearbox Software has voluntarily ended its litigation against Interceptor Entertainment and 3D Realms, and wishes to keep the terms of its settlement confidential except to confirm that Gearbox Software is the full and rightful owner of the Duke Nukem franchise.”
In response 3d Realms, the makers of no real games in decades said, “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.” We hope Bombshell is released before Haley Comet’s return.
In an interview with Eurogamer, Randy Pitchford already commented on his desire to collaborate with another studio on a new Duke Nukem title. Pitchford commented, “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.” He noted that the battle for true ownership of the Duke IP was deliberate, with the clear intent to launch a future Duke game. I’m sure most fans hope the next Duke game will be more Borderlands and less DNF.