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Take-Two Sues 3D Realms Over Duke Nukem Fail

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T2 sues 3D Realms.

Disappointed in the closing of 3D Realms, potentially signaling Duke Nukem Never?

So is Take-Two Interactive, and perhaps more disappointed than anyone else after paying $12 million for the publishing rights to see nothing.

Take-Two is now taking its discontent to court and has sued Apogee Software Ltd.’s 3D Realms.

“Apogee continually delayed the completion date for the Duke Nukem Forever,” Take-Two said in the complaint, according to Bloomberg. “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.”

The future of Duke Nukem Forever is still uncertain. “Leaks” of assets and gameplay videos show that there is some sort of product floating around amidst the 12 year development, but who knows if we’ll ever see it.

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    reasonablevoice , May 15, 2009 11:24 PM
    "Who knows if we'll ever see it" Wow. Just wow. At this point, do we still need to repeat the line that has been tied to this game since I was in HS? Will we ever see it? No. Even if someone else picks up the rights, it wouldn't be the same game we've been mocking for 12 years. Duke Nukem forever is dead.
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    reasonablevoice , May 15, 2009 11:24 PM
    "Who knows if we'll ever see it" Wow. Just wow. At this point, do we still need to repeat the line that has been tied to this game since I was in HS? Will we ever see it? No. Even if someone else picks up the rights, it wouldn't be the same game we've been mocking for 12 years. Duke Nukem forever is dead.
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    Mitrovarr , May 15, 2009 11:29 PM
    Probably what Take-Two is going for here is ownership of whatever game content was already created as well as possession of the name and previous IP, since 3d Realms obviously has no money left to pay out a lawsuit. Presumably they'd hand it over to another developer so that it might actually be created someday or perhaps simply sell it if they're taken too big a loss on this already to invest more.
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    Tindytim , May 15, 2009 11:31 PM
    Quote:
    “Apogee continually delayed the completion date for the Duke Nukem Forever,” Take-Two said in the complaint, according to Bloomberg. “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.”


    Take-Two must have some real clever lawyers. I mean, use what they've been saying for many years before Take-Two gave them money, as an argument as to way they've taken a relatively shorter period of time to do what they've be supposedly doing for over a decade.
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    norbs , May 15, 2009 11:41 PM
    the fact that it was called duke nukem FOREVER tipped me off a while ago.
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    vladtepes , May 15, 2009 11:50 PM
    Hey Valve!! nice opportunity here!! If I had the money.......
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    mrubermonkey , May 16, 2009 12:22 AM
    The game has been one big joke perpetrated by 3D Realms on the gaming community. The joke itself is in the name of the game obviously with "Forever" in the title. In fact, I believe it has been a form of mockery. This should turn into a class action lawsuit by the entire gaming community on 3D Realms or whoever owns it. Consider how much time people have wasted checking the 3D Realms website in anticipation of that game, which was promised to the community but never made. How do you remedy something like that even through the legal system? This would be a different case had they continued work on the title and eventually made good on their promise, but sometimes "When it's done" just is not good enough.
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    jkflipflop98 , May 16, 2009 12:36 AM
    Valve could do the game justice. However, we would have to wait an additional 12 years for it to come out.
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    randomizer , May 16, 2009 12:52 AM
    jkflipflop98Valve could do the game justice. However, we would have to wait an additional 12 years for it to come out.

    And then another 5 years for the SDK... if they even decide to make one.
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    IronRyan21 , May 16, 2009 1:04 AM
    I hope Take-Two is not suing for money, LOL , didnt 3d realms go under for lack of moola?
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    apache_lives , May 16, 2009 1:07 AM
    I JUST WANT THE FRIGGIN GAME!
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    Mitrovarr , May 16, 2009 1:08 AM
    jkflipflop98Valve could do the game justice. However, we would have to wait an additional 12 years for it to come out.


    Valve doesn't have the right attitude to make DNF. For it to be a real sequel, it has to be aggressively juvenile in tone, and Valve hasn't made anything like that as far as I know.

    Croteam could probably do a decent job, possibly Rockstar, and a few other developers... but really a game like DNF would go over horribly today. The average age of gamers has gone up substantially and the people who played DN3D are nearly all in their twenties or older, so the kind of stupidly juvenile humor that characterized Duke would be pretty soundly rejected by the target market. They'd probably claim it sucked and wasn't the same, but really, that kind of thing simply doesn't appeal to anyone over about 13.
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    randomizer , May 16, 2009 1:13 AM
    I think Croteam would be best at it. They should throw Sam in there as an easter egg. :lol: 
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    eklipz330 , May 16, 2009 3:38 AM
    "hmm...3d realms is going under...LETS SUE THEM!"


    jkflipflop98Valve could do the game justice. However, we would have to wait an additional 12 years for it to come out.


    whats another 12 years in this industry?
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    jsloan , May 16, 2009 4:05 AM
    i hope they sue their azzes
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    cruiseoveride , May 16, 2009 4:10 AM
    This game could easily become Game of the Year, if they tried
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    randomizer , May 16, 2009 5:25 AM
    demonhorde665oh this is a new f-ing low for take two, they couldtn buy the ip form goerge so they isntead sue for it , the a-holes. they paid money for it ?? i thought the game was beign fuly funded by 3DR. if they really cared for it taht much why didnt tehy just front 3DR the money theya sked for ???i hope Take two gets absolutely ZERO for this low effort of theirs

    Take-Two have every right to sue them. When you invest $12 million into a game for publishing rights and it doesn't even get finished after 12 years I think you'd want your money back. 3D Realms are the epitomy of incompetence and are going to get burned for it. Serves them right.
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    Anonymous , May 16, 2009 6:06 AM
    Maybe this'll be like GnR and Chinese Democracy. If it's ever finished, everyone gets a free Dr. Pepper.
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    Core2uu , May 16, 2009 6:08 AM
    So, Take-Two is suing 3D Realms for going bankrupt??? ... well done Take-Two, well done ... you must have some great minds working at your helm.
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    dokk2 , May 16, 2009 6:12 AM
    HMMMM,methinks they should have been sued like maybe 8 or ten years ago,,when they had some mooola..:) 
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    randomizer , May 16, 2009 6:37 AM
    Core2uuSo, Take-Two is suing 3D Realms for going bankrupt??? ... well done Take-Two, well done ... you must have some great minds working at your helm.

    You didn't read the article did you. They are suing them for sitting on their hands for 12 years while getting paid for it. 3D Realms only went broke because Take-Two pulled funding prior to starting this lawsuit. Why would you keep funding someone you want to sue? I guess they have good minds at their helm, makes sense to me.
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