Well. Until next time, anyway.
Gearbox’s lawsuit against 3D Realms has been settled via mediation.
The case — a dispute over the intellectual property rights to Duke Nukem — is the latest in a long line of legal battles between the two companies.
Take-Two originally sued 3D Realms/Apogee Ltd in May 2009 for breach of contract following the ongoing delay of the release of Duke Nukem Forever. 3D Realms responded with a countersuit claim a month later, saying Duke Nukem Forever was still in development, and it was thought the matter was settled.
Then, in 2013, Apogee Software — creator and former owner of the Duke Nukem franchise — sued Gearbox Software over claims the Texas-based developer allegedly withheld profits from the sale of Duke Nukem Forever. The case was dismissed with prejudice.
Gearbox then sued 3D Realms and Danish developer Interceptor in 2014 for “misappropriate and make infringing use of the Duke Nukem trademarks and copyrights owned by Gearbox”.
Fast forward to May 8 2015, and this latest grievance about Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction has been settled via alternative dispute solution. Details shared on NeoGAF outline the three-page settlement notice, as well as a full 32-page response outlining Gearbox’s supplemental answers to Apogee’s “first set of interrogatories”.
Although Gearbox is still listed as the current owner of the IP on the USPTO site, there’s also information pertaining to a “buy-back” arrangement between the two companies which may result with the franchise returning to 3D Realms after all.
Image credit: NeoGAF
We discovered yesterday that voice actor Ashley Johnson will appear in Gearbox and Telltale’s third instalment of the Tales from the Borderlands series. While you patiently wait for the release of Episode 3, check out IGN’s reviews for Episode 1: Zer0 Sum and Episode 2: Atlas Mugged.
Vikki Blake is a bonafide – albeit slightly jumpy – survival horror survivalist. You can find her twittering over at @_vixx.