Gearbox Now Owns Duke Nukem IP

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The big news of the weekend was obviously Gearbox’s PAX reveal of Duke Nukem Forever, a game that while under the helm of 3D Realms was in development hell, purgatory and limbo. Of course it’s big news; the game should rightly have been out a decade ago.

Potentially bigger news though, is that Gearbox now owns the IP; In a press release the Texan developers have said that they’ve “acquired the full intellectual property rights of the ‘Duke Nukem’ brand including Duke Nukem Forever and all future projects in a cooperative deal made with 3D Realms.” So another Duke game by 2025?

According to 3D Realms co-founder Scott Miller, Gearbox was given the franchise because of its “continued passion, commitment and long-time heritage with the brand and 3D Realms.”

“Fifteen years ago, Duke Nukem 3D helped launch my professional video game development career,” said Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford.

“The Gearbox Software team and I are ecstatic that we have grown to a position to be able to pick up and carry the torch and help Duke rise back to glory in his time of need. Fans of the legendary hero and all the incredible talent that have ever helped him all deserve the very best support that we can bring.”

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3D Realms co-founder George Broussard, the mouthy protagonists creator had this to say  “Gearbox was the only home appropriate for the Duke Nukem brand. They are very talented and possess the perfect perspective and understanding of the brand. Their vision for its future direction is exciting and unbelievable. I  personally cannot wait for fans to see their unique take on the franchise. This will be a win-win situation for everyone involved, especially the fans.”

Last Updated: September 6, 2010

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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