The Fat Lady is Singing: Take-Two sues 3D Realms over Duke Nukem Forever

Following a story that has been going on here for quite some time now, we now come to full circle with news from Kotaku about Take-Two filing a breach of contract against 3D Realms (legal name: Apogee Software Ltd.) over the game that stayed on the back burner for way too long, Duke Nukem Forever. Details of the lawsuit haven’t been released yet, but if this is a stunt, then I must say it’s an expensive one–and probably one the New York courts won’t appreciate if this does turn out to be a stunt.

Take-Two invested $12 million into this science project, so you can imagine how they’re taking it when 3D Realms kept promising them that they were working on it. A quote from the complaint itself:

“[3D Realms] repeatedly assured Take-Two and the video-gaming community that it was diligently working toward completing development of the PC Version of the Duke Nukem Forever.”

And, of course, as we know by all the hubbub that has been going around the Internets lately, that assurance was empty when 3D Realms ran out of money, laid off employees, and closed the studio down (or that’s one theory…). If the 3D Realms guys thought they were broke now, then I can only imagine what liquidating their assets is going to feel like if this thing ever comes to full light. Where’s your crown now, King Nothing?

Originally written: May 2009

About Agamemnon
Started blogging back in 2007 amidst that whole Hellgate: London fiasco on a blog known as Eventually moved on to do my own thing in December 2008 at and started Caveat Emptor there. Wrote there for six months, gained some notoriety, and then left. Now I'm back.

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