Who owns Duke Nukem after all? It’s now decided

There has been a lawsuit going on behind the scenes between 3D Realms, Interceptor Entertainment and Gearbox for a while about who actually owns Duke Nukem. Now, the three parties decided about it outside the court, ending this lawsuit in the process.

How does Interceptor get into the picture? Previously, they got a license from 3D Realms to develop a game called Duke Nukem Mass Destruction, but the development was stopped after Gearbox contacting them. This is when the decision came that the IP should be at strictly one label entirely.

Frederik Schreiber from Interceptor has reacted to this: he’s glad that the lawsuit is over, because now the team can be focusing purely on Bombshell, but he’s grateful for Gearbox that he was able to work on Duke Nukem Reloaded. This project was left behind in 2011, when Frederik left to create Interceptor and Rise of the Triad.

So with that, Gearbox owns Duke Nukem‘s intellectual property (IP) entirely, after it voluntarily stopped the lawsuit against the other two companies. Let’s hope that if the macho man returns, it will be a better game than the development hell Forever was…

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