Take-Two suing 3D Realms over DNF

Written by Joe Martin

May 15, 2009 // 10:52 a.m.

Tags: #2k #3d-realms #apogee #dnf #duke-nukem #duke-nukem-forever #take-two #take-two-suing-3d-realms-over-dnf #vapourware

Take-Two has launched a lawsuit against the creators of Duke Nukem today in an effort to seek compensation for investments made on a project that was never finished; Duke Nukem Forever.

The (too)-long-awaited sequel to Duke Nukem 3D, Duke Nukem Forever, was in development for at least 12 years, but the project eventually collapsed on itself recently when developer 3D Realms closed down under financial strain.

Over the years it seems that Take-Two, who was to publish the much-derided title, invested upwards of $12 million USD in the project and, now that the game will never make it to market, the company is seeking compensation by suing Apogee Software Ltd. It should be pointed out that Apogee Software Ltd is the legal name for 3D Realms and shouldn't be confused with the still-alive Apogee Software LLC which is still hoping to publish the original Duke Nukem platform games on handheld platforms.

The lawsuit is based on the fact that 3D Realms promised multiple times that it was working on DNF, but the game never really progressed close to a shippable state and was delayed by constant engine changes and tech-tweaks.

"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," reads the complaint, according to Bloomberg.

Among other tactics Take-Two promised cash-incentives to key staff members if they could get the game out in time, but it was a move in vain and it seems that Duke Nukem Forever never really had a chance of getting to market.

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