Last month, Gearbox Software filed suit against Interceptor Entertainment and 3D Realms, claiming that the two companies were creating a new Duke Nukem game despite having earlier relinquished the rights to the character to Gearbox.
Unlike the wheels of justice, which turn imperceptibly slowly, the court of public opinion can issue its verdict very swiftly indeed. That’s why it is so baffling that Interceptor Entertainment and its recently purchased subsidiary have taken so long to respond to allegations levelled by Gearbox.
This week, Interceptor and 3D Realms finally began to share their side of the story. In a statement to Polygon, 3D Realms CEO Mike Nielson revealed that his company had filed a formal response with the court denying “all allegations” and asserting that Gearbox forced the franchise’s former owners to “improperly surrender” the rights. According to Nielson, Duke Nukem remains the “sole property” of 3D Realms.
Parent company Interceptor issued a statement of its own. “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.”