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In June, Duke Nukem creator 3D Realms filed suit against Gearbox Software for unpaid royalties related to Duke Nukem Forever. The $2 million case has been withdrawn today, and a statement has been issued by 3D Realms.
"After reviewing evidence regarding our business affairs, and without any money exchanging hands, we have satisfactorily resolved any and all differences that we perceived against Gearbox," writes CEO and founder of 3D Realms Scott Miller.
"In all sincerity, we regret the misunderstanding that instigated our lawsuit. Now that we better understand--and appreciate--the actual nature of our business matters, we have voluntarily withdrawn our claims against Gearbox, with genuine apologies to Randy [Pitchford] for any damage that our lawsuit may have caused to the relationship."
Duke Nukem Forever was a 12-year endeavor that passed through the hands of many different developers. The final product was not terribly well received by critics, earning an average 51 Metacritic score across platforms. Our review pegged the game at a slightly more generous 6.75.
For more on the suit, check out the original filing via Duke4.net.
Our TakeBecause the suit was focused on an audit of royalties and sales, the only indication we have about who was in the right is the withdrawal of the suit. The statement from 3D Realms is necessarily contrite, as the allegations brought to bear against Gearbox had the potential to damage the developer's reputation. We don't often see settlements that come to a close without cash changing hands, but it's better for everyone involved that Duke Nukem Forever is put to bed for good.
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well at least they dont have to blame anyone else for their damaged reputation, because theyre having a great time doing it themselves
Well good for them then.
This is very good news for gearbox, but the suit itself has already thrown fuel on the fire in regards to the developer's reputation. Of course, gearbox themselves kit that fire, but obviously 3D Realms baseless litigation made it look that much worse. I still plan on playing A:CM to see if all the complaints are really valid, or more overblown gamer bs.
Heh, somebody needs to sue just for the creation of Duke Nukem Forever as a game.
Only because Gearbox and 3D Realms want to forever rid themselves of the memory of DNF?
Now on to the sequel... in 15 more years.
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i would have been happy if they just made a Duke game similar to Duke 3D. In that you unlock places by getting key cards and kicking ass with awesome weapons. The levels could have many different secrets, funnies, and cameos like the original. Other then the obvious graphics overhaul.. the game would feel very familiar to the original Duke 3d and that ain't bad in my books.
Taking into account that most retailers can't give this game away for free I think it's safe to say that Gearbox released the game at a loss. It's kind of ridiculous to think that 3D Realms would have any right to sue Gearbox based on Gearbox's financial sacrifice just to release a game that was doomed to being lost in a vortex publishing red tape and outdated FPS mechanics just to have it be a total flop at the box office. I'm glad 3D wised up and dropped the suit. Suing was just a commerce faux pa and a sign of desperation.
I can think of only two possible reasons DNF did so poorly. Either they didn't make duke misogynistic enough or his conflictingly hardcore, implied christian virtues got in the way of the compelling narrative.
This doesn't seem suspicious at all...