The 12-year-long development soap opera that was Duke Nukem Forever ended on a disappointing note. More disappointing for publisher Take-Two Interactive, which invested over $12 million in the game. Understandably, Take-Two is suing 3D Realms. It looks like the soap opera will continue and this time it will be a legal battle.
Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. filed a breach of contract suit against Apogee Software Ltd. this week in a Manhattan Court over the developer’s “continually delayed” Duke Nukem sequel. Details of the suit were not disclosed in a report by Bloomberg, nor has the New York County Civil Court provided specifics about the damages Take-Two is seeking.
Just for the record, the legal name of 3D Realms is Apogee Software Ltd., the party being sued. It is a separate entity from Apogee Software LLC, developers of the still alive Duke Nukem Trilogy. I hope that clears some things up about the companies.
According to the complaint, Apogee repeatedly assured Take-Two and the video-gaming community that it was diligently working toward competing development of the PC Version of the Duke Nukem Forever.
Those assurances were not fulfill and the game was never even near completion. Instead, 3D Realms was shut down and many of the former Duke Nukem Forever staffers are looking for work. In a bad economy to say the least.
After repeated promises that “industry joke” Duke Nukem Forever was finally “on the right track” and rumored to have been released year in and year out, Take-Two went far enough to offer cash incentives to 3D Realms to have the game finished at various points. Looks like the developer is completely out of cash now. (TheGamersMag)
This is indeed a sad sight for 3D Realms. First they announce their closing and now they are being sued for not delivering/delaying the game for all these year. (Note Take-Two says the game was NEVER even near completion)