DEMOS: Duke Nukem & News *Update*

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    Duke Nukem Forever - Delayed Again... In Japan

    We didn't think we'd ever get to write that headline again, but Duke Nukem Forever has been delayed once more, this time in Japan. According to the latest issue of Famitsu, the game's release has slipped by three weeks to March 29. No explanation for the move was provided.

    Last May, publisher Take-Two announced that Duke Nukem Forever was complete after 13 years in development hell.

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    Duke Nukem Forever - Is Exactly Like Half-Life 2

    Most reasonable gamers would consider Duke Nukem Forever, on its own, is a big enough insult to the industry. Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, however, has decided to take the mockery further by comparing it to one of the most beloved games of all time. Pitchford said to Eurogamer:

    "I don't know if you've played Duke Nukem Forever. It's awesome. And it occurred to me, the pacing was exactly like Half-Life 2, where the game would get me in a puzzle space and I would be confined there until I worked out what the components of the puzzle space are. It's basically a linear, narrative experience, but the puzzles are derived from the environment. It's not just 'shoot the guy' ... It's almost identical, beat for beat in terms of its gameplay pacing, to Half-Life."

    The CEO still adamantly defends the critically panned game, and expressed his belief that critics who hated it just really wish all video games be elevated into this really high art form and were thusly upset by Forever's low-brow humor.

    Either he's trolling, or he's mad (and I say this as a man who loves Randy). It wasn't the fact that the humor was dumb so much as it was, at times, downright disturbing in a very unfunny way. Not only that, but the jokes (mostly regurgitated, context-less movie quotes) were just one ingredient in that festering fecal soup. It had a lot more going against it than desperate attempts at comedy.

    Sources: destructoid.com & eurogamer.net
     
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    Duke Nukem Forever - Team Four Star Makes Jon St. John Read 50 Shades

    Last weekend at ConnectiCon 2012, the guys from Team Four Star made Jon St. John read from 50 Shades of Gray in the Duke Nukem voice. From what I've been told, this book is like the next Twilight. Based on this excerpt read by Jon, it's safe to say I never ever want to talk about 50 Shades of Gray ever again.

    [YOUTUBE]5oUa-3W0BFI[/YOUTUBE]​

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    Duke Nukem - Gearbox Wants to Make More

    During an interview on IGN's Up at Noon, Gearbox Software President Randy Pitchford expressed interest in developing more Duke Nukem games. Gearbox bought the rights to Duke Nukem in 2010 when the studio took over the Duke Nukem Forever project, and it's looking to do even more. Pitchford told IGN:

    "I willingly and lovingly acquired the brand. When I did that, I wasn’t thinking that the only goal is just to make sure everyone could play Duke Nukem Forever. The real goal for me is I’d like to build a Duke Nukem game again. I think what I would do and what Gearbox would do would be a little different" than Duke Nukem Forever. I think it would be amazing, and I look forward to that"

    You can catch Randy Pitchford's lengthy interview below, in which he discusses Borderlands 2 on Vita, the next Brothers in Arms sequel, and even more on Duke Nukem right at the start.

    [YOUTUBE]IOBTAxbOT7U[/YOUTUBE]​

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    Duke Nukem 3D - For Free

    Duke Nukem, the King of FPS, the legend of video games, the best politically incorrect shooter ever, now compatible with Windows 8 and Mac OS X, is COMPLETELY FREE until 14:59 GMT on December 14. Get Duke Nukem 3D free here.

    [YOUTUBE]hVHBVQK--5Q[/YOUTUBE]​

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    Duke Nukem Forever - Gearbox Sued By 3D Realms Over Royalties

    3D Realms has sued Gearbox for over $2 million in royalties it claims remain unpaid following the Borderlands maker's acquisition of the rights to Duke Nukem Forever in 2010. Law360 reports that original Duke Nukem maker 3D Realms filed a breach of contract suit last Friday in a Texas state court, in which it claims that Gearbox has failed to pay money owed as part of a rights deal. 3D Realms also alleges that Gearbox has blocked an independent audit of the royalties it has earned from the game. The complaint reads:

    "3D Realms has therefore been required to file this lawsuit to enforce the purchase agreement, to recover the amounts due and owing from Gearbox and to enforce the audit right provided by the agreement to enable it to conduct an audit of Gearbox's royalties."

    Gearbox, which released Duke Nukem Forever in 2011 after 14 years in development, flaty denies the allegations. It reads:

    "The reality is that 3D Realms received the full benefit of its bargain. Gearbox, in fulfillment of its commitments, enriched 3D Realms, saved 3DR from its debts and rescued 3DR from its failed dozen plus year attempt to ship [video game] Duke Nukem Forever. Everyone wished that 3DR's game was better received by the market for the benefit of gamers and profit to its creators. While 3DR might not wish the reality that the results make clear, 3DR turned out to be the only beneficiary of the deal. Gearbox Software, meanwhile, experienced damage to its credibility and loss of its money."

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    The Duke Nukem Platformer Pack - Now Available on Steam0

    Three games, two platforms, one store: A collaboration between Interceptor Entertainment and 3D Realms, the Duke Nukem Platformer Pack brings the heat to Steam for the first time ever. With compatibility for both Windows and Mac, own three pieces of gaming history today - seperately or as a bundle - with Duke Nukem, Duke Nukem II and Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project. And don't worry, world, there's plenty of Duke to go around.

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    Duke Nukem - Royalties Lawsuit Ends

    The lawsuit filed in June by 3D Realms against Gearbox Software over unpaid Duke Nukem Forever royalties has been dropped, reports Kotaku. There seems to be a small dispute over how this happened, as they have an email from 3D Realms to Gearbox saying they have voluntarily withdrawn their claims against Gearbox, but Kotaku states Gearbox president Randy Pitchford, who forwarded them the letter, says the suit was dismissed with prejudice, which would mean the court decided the matter. Here's the letter from 3D Realms co-founder Scott Miller:

    "After reviewing evidence regarding our business affairs, and without any money exchanging hands, we have satisfactorily resolved any and all differences that we perceived against Gearbox. In all sincerity, we regret the misunderstanding that instigated our lawsuit. Now that we better understand—and appreciate—the actual nature of our business matters, we have voluntarily withdrawn our claims against Gearbox, with genuine apologies to Randy for any damage that our lawsuit may have caused to the relationship."

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    Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction - To Be Announced This Month?

    Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction has allegedly been outed after a purported cryptic teaser from Interceptor Entertainment was deciphered by a Reddit user. The studio apparently released a promotional image featuring a packet of Kick-Ass bubblegum along with an encrypted message for fans to unscramble. The deciphered text purportedly reads:

    "The King makes his next-generation debut in Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction. A top-down action roleplaying game for PC and PlayStation. Duke Nukem kicks ass across planets in an Unreal Engine-powered galactic adventure to save the president from an apocalyptic alien threat."


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    However, questions have been raised about the authenticity of the teaser, given that the website that was hosting it is currently listed as offline for maintenance.

    Sources: reddit.com & digitalspy.co.uk
     
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    Duke Nukem - Gearbox Sues 3D Realms Over Rights

    The recent Duke Nukem announcement tease is causing trouble, as Gearbox Software is suing 3D Realms and Interceptor Entertainment over IP infringement over unauthorized use of their Duke property. This will not be the first legal action following the sale of the Duke property to Gearbox, as 3D Realms previously sued Gearbox over unpaid royalties, though this lawsuit was later dropped. The new suit is over Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction, a new project which has yet to be officially announced on its teaser website, though a Facebook page outs this as an isometric action role-playing game for PC and PlayStation 4, by Interceptor. This complaint outlines Gearbox's legal case here, which includes a passage saying:

    "No good deed goes unpunished. 3DR’s actions illustrate the point, given the exceptional amount of support that Gearbox extended to 3DR, its ownership, and the Duke Nukem franchise that Gearbox must protect."

    Here's more:

    "7. This case stems from efforts to illegally exploit Gearbox’s intellectual property rights in the Duke Nukem video game franchise. Specifically, Defendants Interceptor and 3DR have colluded to misappropriate and make infringing use of the Duke Nukem trademarks and copyrights owned by Gearbox. Gearbox secured its rights on February 2, 2010, upon the execution of an Asset Purchase Agreement (“APA”) in which 3DR transferred, with certain very limited exceptions, all Duke Nukem intellectual property (“Duke IP”) to Gearbox. The APA also specifically required 3DR or its licensees to seek the permission of Gearbox before making use of the Duke Nukem marks after February 2, 2010.

    8. Recently—and without consulting the Duke IP’s actual owner, Gearbox— Interceptor announced its intent to develop a Duke Nukem game based upon the various characters, content and intellectual property owned by Gearbox; the proposed game is entitled “Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction.” Apparently, after selling its Duke Nukem IP rights to Gearbox in 2010, 3DR sought to privately convince others that the sale never happened. The result is the unauthorized development effort that reportedly exists between 3DR and Interceptor. 9.

    9. By attempting to license the unlicensable, assign the unassignable, and effectively re-sell the exclusive rights that Gearbox already purchased in 2010, 3DR breached the terms of its APA with Gearbox, as well as Gearbox’s exclusive, federally-protected intellectual property rights. Unfortunately, the 3DR-Interceptor maneuver has left Gearbox with little choice but to bring these claims."
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    Duke Nukem - Interceptor CEO On Case: We Acted In Good Faith

    Interceptor CEO Frederik Schreiber has acknowledged yesterday's surprise lawsuit between Gearbox Software, the current license holder of the Duke Nukem franchise, and 3D Realms and Interceptor, the two studios currently collaborating on top-down shooter Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction. Interceptor CEO Frederik Schreiber told Game Informer:

    "We are aware of the lawsuit against 3D Realms and Interceptor. It's an unfortunate situation, but we have acted in good faith and are working towards a resolution."

    3D Realms has yet to comment on the situation. The Duke Nukem license was purchased by Gearbox in 2010. Yesterday's filing claims 3D Realms sought to privately convince others that the sale never happened.

    Sources: gameinformer.com & joystiq.com
     
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    Duke Nukem - Interceptor Entertainment Acquires Apogee Software/3D Realms

    Interceptor Entertainment CEO Frederik Schreiber took to Twitter to confirm a rumor that the Danish developer behind the recent Rise of the Triad remake has purchased Apogee Software/3D Realms, the old school developer/publisher of Duke Nukem, Shadow Warrior, Rise of the Triad, Commander Keen, and Wolfenstein 3D. Schreiber affirms the news, and promises further details tomorrow:

    "Yes, we have indeed acquired Apogee/3D Realms. We will be giving an official statement tomorrow."

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    Duke Nukem - 3D Realms Acquisition Details

    We have the follow-up to the surprising news from yesterday about the acquisition of Apogee/3D Realms. The official press release clarifies that the purchaser is in fact SDN Invest, a Danish investment firm behind Interceptor Entertainment (the initial reports said Interceptor was the buyer), and also clarifies that the acquisition includes Apogee Software, Ltd d/b/a 3D Realms, but not Apogee Software, LLC (which remains as unconfusing as the names of George Foreman's sons):

    Danish investment firm, SDN Invest, has acquired Apogee Software, Ltd d/b/a 3D Realms (not to be confused with Apogee Software, LLC - publishers of Rise of the Triad) SDN Invest is part-owner and principal investor in Denmark-based game studio and Rise of the Triad developer, Interceptor Entertainment. Effective immediately, the new CEO of 3D Realms will be Mike Nielsen. Mr. Nielsen also serves as Chairman of the Board at Interceptor.

    SDN Invest was founded by Nielsen when he stepped down as CEO of Coolshop.com - a leading online retailer in Northern Europe that he co-founded in 2002 - to focus on investing in companies with potential. Nielsen, the newly appointed CEO said:

    "3D Realms is legendary for its contributions to the gaming industry, as both the pioneer of the shareware model and an always generous partner who has provided both funding and guidance to game studios such as id Software, Parallax Software, Remedy Entertainment, and many others. There are only a handful of independent studios with a better track record of original games. Yet even with this stellar track record, we hope we can take the company to new heights."

    Frederik Schreiber, CEO of Interceptor Entertainment added:

    "3D Realms has always been a defining part the PC games industry. Getting 3D Realms under our wings is a huge step for us and we are extremely excited about the acquisition."

    Scott Miller, co-founder of 3D Realms concluded:

    "My long time partner George Broussard and I are extremely proud of our past, especially as developers who always tried to partner with up-and-coming studios who just needed their break. Our history shows we did that throughout the 1990s & 2000s, and I expect the new 3D Realms to continue with this tradition in full force. Our industry needs more good guys, who honor the profession and fellow hard-working developers."

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    Duke Nukem - 3D Realms Fires Back At Gearbox Lawsuit

    3D Realms and its owner Interceptor have responded to Gearbox's lawsuit against the two companies' use of the Duke Nukem intellectual property, which alleges trademark and copyright infringement, unfair competition and breach of contract.

    At issue is a proposed new entry in the Duke Nukem franchise, Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction, described as an isometric action role-playing game for PC and PlayStation 4, by Interceptor on the game's Facebook page. Gearbox claims ownership of the Duke Nukem brand, which it bought from 3D Realms in 2010. The 3D Realms statement is as follows:

    "On March 17, 2014, 3D Realms filed its answer to the complaint by Gearbox Software in Dallas, Texas. 3DR denies all allegations set forth in the complaint. In its answer, 3DR has submitted evidence showing that Gearbox at no point intended to enter into good faith negotiations but instead sought to force former owners, Scott Miller and George Broussard, to improperly surrender what rightfully belonged to 3DR.

    It is our position that 3DR retains the right to develop the tentatively titled "Duke Nukem Survivor" game for specific platforms. This game was previously licensed for development to Interceptor Entertainment. Furthermore, it is our position that the Trademark for "Duke Nukem" was never assigned to Gearbox, but remains the sole property of 3DR."

    Duke Nukem Survivor is the working / tentative title of Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction, according to an Interceptor spokesperson. Interceptor Entertainment added a statement:

    "As an independent and young studio, we have been very fortunate to work with companies such as Apogee and 3D Realms on amazing IP's such as Duke Nukem and Rise of the Triad. As true fans of these companies, their games and the amazing minds behind them, we have nothing but respect for the intellectual properties they have created as well as their rightful owners.

    We were extremely excited for our next reveal, but unfortunately due to the actions of Gearbox Software, Interceptor Entertainment decided to put this reveal on hold in respect of their lawsuit. However, 3D Realms and Interceptor Entertainment were rightfully developing our game and as you can imagine we were quite shocked when the accusations by Gearbox arose, as we have always acted within our legal rights. It's unfortunate that Gearbox has shown no intention of finding a peaceful solution with us. We will however continue to work towards a solution."

    Polygon has contacted Gearbox for a response.

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    Duke Nukem - New Teaser Site Hints at Game Without Duke Nukem

    Interceptor Entertainment has launched a new teaser site, nogumneeded.com, heavily hinting at a revamped version of the Duke Nukem game the studio was teasing back in February. In February Interceptor launched a teaser site called alloutofgum.com, which was counting down the days until February 25. The site was briefly linked to a Facebook page for a game called Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction for PC and PS4. The link alloutofgum.com now redirects to nogumneeded.com.

    In a statement sent to Eurogamer Interceptor Entertainment CEO Frederik Schreiber confirmed nogumneeded.com is a teaser for the studio’s next game. However, despite the link between alloutofgum.com and the Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction Facebook page (where fans deciphered a piece of “alien text” that outed the unannounced title as a top-down action-RPG starring Duke Nukem), Schreiber played down the Duke connection. He said:

    "We have never officially announced anything in relation to Duke."

    That said, Schreiber did not distance Interceptor from Duke entirely; Interceptor’s most-recent salvo towards Gearbox made reference to a game tentatively-titled Duke Nukem Survivor (reportedly the working title of Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction). Schreiber told Eurogamer:

    "We still have clear legal rights to develop a Duke title, and we are going to fight for those rights."

    The Danish developer, and new owner of 3D Realms, is currently tangled in legal action with Gearbox Software over the Duke Nukem property rights. Interceptor asserts 3D Realms still has a “residual right” to Duke Nukem and that the Duke Nukem trademark was never assigned to Gearbox.

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    Duke Nukem - Gearbox May Outsource Next Title

    Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford touched on the future of the Duke Nukem franchise in his keynote address at Develop: Brighton, which IGN wrote up in this report. While saying I liked that game about Duke Nukem Forever, he admits they did not acquire the IP just to release the overdue shooter, though the plans for the series he outlines at this time don't sound very concrete. Randy says they've played around with a couple of concepts, though it sounds like want another developer to flesh this out (maybe 3D Realms is available?). He also states that getting attention is one of the hardest things to do, though Duke Nukem Forever project managed to get more than its share of attention for 12 years. Word is:

    "We’ve done some concept development [for a new game] and I think the challenges are there. Gearbox is very busy. I think the faster way is that a correct developer can become interested and we can work with them. I think it’s a challenging problem. But, I’ll tell you one thing. When it does happen, there’s no doubt that the whole industry will turn its head and look.

    Getting attention is one of the hardest things to do. In fact, that’s probably the biggest challenge that [Duke Nukem] Forever had. For 10 years, these guys promised that it was going to be the greatest game ever right? It was legendary in its vapourware status. So it has this particular pole of attention that makes it probably three or four times more famous than Borderlands as a franchise. Not necessarily from a gamer's [perspective] that are really clued in to what’s going on in game development in the industry, but certainly among the greater whole community."

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    Duke Nukem - Legal Dispute Ends

    Last year, Gearbox Software decided to sue developer 3D Realms over unauthorized use of the property and violation of Gearbox's trademarks (a.k.a. the Duke Nukem license). So, here we are, over a year later, and legal dispute over the license -- officially between Gearbox, 3D Realms and Interceptor Entertainment -- has ended. Yesterday, a joint statement was issued, where all parties agreed to end any further litigation and the Duke Nukem license will remain with Gearbox moving forward. Mike Nielsen 3D Realms CEO stated:

    "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."

    Gearbox made clear by stating:

    "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."

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