The Duke is back

After all the commotion about who owns the Duke Nukem franchise, we can finally move on and hopefully see a great game in the near future.

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.

Full statement:
http://www.gearboxsoftware.com/dukestatement/

To anyone paying attention, there never was any confusion on who owned the IP.
This was announced very clearly in 2010 when Gearbox announced they had bought the IP. Stating that from DNF and forward, anything Duke related would come from them or with their permission.

Anything before DNF, was property of 3DRealms.

It was very clearly laid out for everyone. No idea what exactly 3DR were thinking, or why they thought they could get away with making a new Duke game.
But, glad it’s all done and over with.

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After the stinker that was Duke Nukem Forever (in development Hell), I don’t think GBX will be announcing another Duke Nukem game anytime soon. GBX will likely prioritize the focus on Battleborn and Borderlands 3. If 3DRealms was smart, they would release an HD remaster (on PC, Xbox One and PS4) of one of the Duke Nukem games they own. An HD remaster of a pre-DNF Duke Nukem technically isn’t a “new” game and therefore wouldn’t legally infringe upon GBX’s DNF and after ownership of Duke Nukem.


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Gearbox have already announced they are working on another Duke game. And are looking for a studio they can hire to handle development of the title because they are focused on Battleborn, Borderlands 3 and possibly a future Brothers in Arms title.