Gearbox, 3D Realms and Interceptor Entertainment have finally reached a settlement bringing the Duke Nukem lawsuit to a close.
All parties made their own announcements on the decision regarding the future of Duke Nukem.
3D Realms CEO Mike Nielsen commented
When Interceptor acquired a license to develop ‘Duke Nukem Mass Destruction’ (‘Duke Nukem Survivor’) from 3D Realms, we did so in good faith and were not aware of any conflict. We never intended to cause any harm to Gearbox or Duke, which is why we immediately ceased development after Gearbox reached out. 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.
Interceptor Entertainment’s Frederik Schreiber said
I want to make it clear now, once and for all – It was my own decision to pull the plug on Duke Nukem Reloaded, even though we were fully allowed to continue development. I respect Gearbox for supporting a young developer, and I’m glad we can now put this behind us.
Gearbox head, Randy Pitchford wrote
I genuinely appreciate Mr. Neilsen’s and Mr. Schreiber’s statement and sincerely offer my best wishes to Interceptor Entertainment and 3D Realms towards their future success and, as someone who was part of the 3D Realms team when Bombshell was first imagined, I am excited to see what they have in store for us with their game.
3D Realms and Interceptor Entertainment are working on their new title, Bombshell which is due to release on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.