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Has Duke Nukem been sold again?

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It's time to ... leave, yeah just leave

I think it’s time King Duke was put out of our misery. according to a tweet posted on the weekend the studio who once owned Duke Nukem, Apogee Software (3D Realms) has now been sold to Interceptor Entertainment. The studio currently developing a new Duke Nukem title.

However as with everything linked to Duke Nukem things are never as straight forward as they should be.

If you remember a few years back Gearbox revealed they had purchased the rights to the Duke Nukem IP and when they found out late last year that Interceptor Entertainment were developing a Duke Nukem title they filed a lawsuit claiming IP infringement, unfair competition and breach of contract.

That lawsuit is still on going so it was quite some surprise to see the Frederick Schreiber, owner of Interceptor Entertainment, tweet the following.

So that is pretty straight forward isn’t it?

Except now Terry Nagy, the co-founder of Apogee Software has told Polygon 

Interceptor Entertainment has not acquired Apogee Software, LLC nor any of our IP including Rise of the Triad

So what on earth is going on here? Has 3D Realms been sold or is this just manoeuvering to try and work around the court case? Or more importantly, do we really need this IP to survive or is it about time we jettisoned Duke into the atmosphere to live out the rest of eternity as far away from humanity as humanly possible?

Last Updated: March 3, 2014

60 Comments

  1. Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    March 3, 2014 at 14:39

    I’m confused now

    Reply

    • Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

      March 3, 2014 at 14:41

      Only now?

      Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 3, 2014 at 14:41

      Methinks there are shennanigans afoot.

      Reply

      • Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

        March 3, 2014 at 14:42

        • General JJ the annihilator

          March 3, 2014 at 14:45

          I don’t know if it’s just me, but I find this pic slightly disturbing.

          Reply

          • RinceThis

            March 3, 2014 at 14:46

            If it comes from Avo, it WILL be disturbing…

        • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

          March 3, 2014 at 14:49

          Dafuq is this foot doing here??

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief in Vegas

            March 3, 2014 at 14:53

            Synchronized swimming perhaps?

        • Hammersteyn

          March 3, 2014 at 14:53

          Dafuq did I step in?

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief in Vegas

            March 3, 2014 at 14:55

            Well, the can’t smell it, so she has to inspect it.

          • Hammersteyn

            March 3, 2014 at 14:58

            Why are you calling her a the precious?
            *Runs*

    • VampyreSquirrel

      March 3, 2014 at 14:44

      Me too

      Reply

    • General JJ the annihilator

      March 3, 2014 at 14:45

      Let me explain… Duke Nukem Forever actually happened. It wasn’t just a nightmare.

      Reply

    • HvR

      March 3, 2014 at 15:50

      I’m not even sure whether this is DUKECEPTION or IPCEPTION

      Reply

  2. TiMsTeR1033

    March 3, 2014 at 14:47

    Dammit! Someone for the love of God make a decent Duke Nukem game that will be the successor of Duke Nukem 3D!! Its rather simple, give us same gameplay, better graphics, physics, more tits and throw in some ass, better weapons, bigger world and keep it fun as hell like DN 3D was!! FFS is that so hard to make!

    Reply

    • General JJ the annihilator

      March 3, 2014 at 14:48

      Apparently it is.

      Reply

      • VampyreSquirrel

        March 3, 2014 at 14:48

        We’d already have the game he mentioned if it wasn’t hard.

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          March 3, 2014 at 14:50

          It isnt hard Duke Nukem Forever failed because of it’s bad mistake using shitty Unreal Engine 2.0. If they used atleast 3.0 would of been a completely different game.

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          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 3, 2014 at 14:51

            Nah, they would have screwed it up even more then.

            Give some devs too many toys and they break it more.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 3, 2014 at 14:51

            I guess so…

      • RinceThis

        March 3, 2014 at 14:49

        Spell Check error. *Runs

        Reply

  3. VampyreSquirrel

    March 3, 2014 at 14:47

    So they did, but didn’t buy Apogee (Keen Dreams, return to us!! lol), and own, but don’t own, the Duke IP which they are getting sued for infringing?

    Reply

  4. Hammersteyn

    March 3, 2014 at 14:50

    Duke Nukem is a lot like an aging wrestler that appears every now and then at the Royal Rumble and stumbles out of the ring after ten seconds. Everyone would love to see him wrestle one last time. No one wants to see him go but maybe (like Sonic) it’s time

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    • General JJ the annihilator

      March 3, 2014 at 14:52

      They can always try making him old and fat, but still with the same attitude. Could be very original. I don’t think there’s a game at the moment with a creepy old pervert as the lead.

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        March 3, 2014 at 14:55

        Hahaha

        Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 3, 2014 at 14:55

        Hmm. I could do with a Redneck Rampage sequel.

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief in Vegas

          March 3, 2014 at 14:56

          SECONDED

          Reply

          • General JJ the annihilator

            March 3, 2014 at 14:57

            But don’t you live in Pretoria? Hillbrow isn’t that far away

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 3, 2014 at 14:57

            Last I checked CT had bergies not Pretoria.

          • General JJ the annihilator

            March 3, 2014 at 15:02

            ROUND ONE.
            FIGHT!

          • RinceThis

            March 3, 2014 at 15:04

            What? Like bergie fighting?

          • General JJ the annihilator

            March 3, 2014 at 15:05

            You seen that before? Crazy stuff. My bets are always on the wife though. 😉

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 3, 2014 at 15:06

            What bum fights? hahah funny as shit that!

          • RinceThis

            March 3, 2014 at 15:14

            LOL. Ya. Nuts, this world is NUTS!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 3, 2014 at 15:04

            Timster used truth be told – It was super effective.

            General JJ the annihilator used Bergietality it failed to connect!

          • General JJ the annihilator

            March 3, 2014 at 15:05

            I only fail on purpose.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 3, 2014 at 15:05

            That’s what she said.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 3, 2014 at 15:05

            The truth is but a flesh wound in the battle of life.

          • General JJ the annihilator

            March 3, 2014 at 15:06

            Flesh wound? More like an extra pocket!

        • TiMsTeR1033

          March 3, 2014 at 14:56

          agreed!

          Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          March 3, 2014 at 14:57

          seconded

          Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      March 3, 2014 at 14:52

      The only wrestler that doesn’t fail to deliver is the Dead man!

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        March 3, 2014 at 14:55

        Kevin Nash doesn’t though.

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          March 3, 2014 at 14:57

          Kevin Nash aka Diesel is a has been for many years now.

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            March 3, 2014 at 14:57

            Yet he was in the last Royal Rumble, so sad.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 3, 2014 at 14:58

            I agree, beyond sad.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 3, 2014 at 15:00

            I’ve never seen a wrestling crowd as pissed as they were when Batista won.

          • RinceThis

            March 3, 2014 at 15:00

            ‘Won’. How cute. Hehe

          • General JJ the annihilator

            March 3, 2014 at 15:01

            lol

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 3, 2014 at 15:01

            SHUT YOUR FACE.

          • General JJ the annihilator

            March 3, 2014 at 15:01

            Don’t be so hard on Rick today.

          • RinceThis

            March 3, 2014 at 15:02

            Tehehhe. Hey, you predicted this this morning on whatsapp 😉

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 3, 2014 at 15:07

            I’m still right. 37 years & counting.

          • RinceThis

            March 3, 2014 at 15:10

            Eh?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 3, 2014 at 15:13

            NM 😛

          • Hammersteyn

            March 3, 2014 at 15:06

            Indeed 🙂 Cena SUCKS!

          • Hammersteyn

            March 3, 2014 at 15:06

            Even more pissed when Dainel Bryan didn’t enter.

  5. CrasH

    March 3, 2014 at 15:26

    Funny to think that it would be sold, considering no-one i know bought the last one.

    Like buying a used condom,… sure you could probibly get another use out of if, but would you really want to?

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  6. Ultimo_Cleric N7

    March 3, 2014 at 15:46

    Poor Duke. Oh how the mighty have fallen. I see him in the same boat as Sonic, basically dead weight. RIP

    Reply

  7. El Capitan del Blade

    March 3, 2014 at 15:56

    I started playing a bit of Duke Nukem Forever this past weekend…. It filled me with great sadness…. It’s not bad… it’s a functional shooter, but that’s it…. I ended crying, and booting up Duke3D….

    *Moral of the Story*
    Duke, along with Games Like King’s Quest and Ultima, Redneck Rampage, Blood etc.
    are relics of the 90s…. As Much as I love, and Still play those games, from time to time… Franchises from the 90s should be left alone. They do not update well…

    …for your Emmy Consideration.

    Reply

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