Controversy arises. Gearbox is suing 3D Realms and Interceptor for their attempts to re-license the intellectual property it already sold, infringing Gearbox’s copyright. Gearbox issued a cease and desist letter to 3D Realms and its leadership, founder Scott Miller and Duke Nukem co-creator George Broussard, on February 13.
In response to lawsuit, the accused apologized and further acknowledged that Gearbox are the only ones that are able to utilize and license the Duke Nukem intellectual property.
Sad to see really, but such is the reality of laws regarding intellectual property and ownership of brands. It would be nice to see a good Duke Nukem game again, considering how lackluster Forever seemed to be. Only time will tell if the Duke is meant for another adventure, or if he should just remain in our memories, not chewing gum.