The 3D Realms vs. Gearbox lawsuit, which has been running for several years concerning unpaid royalties made to 3D Realms, has finally come to a close. The lawsuit has been dismissed with prejudice; in other words it will not be revisited.
“After reviewing evidence regarding our business affairs, and without any money exchanging hands, we have satisfactorily resolved any and all differences that we perceived against Gearbox,” 3D Realms cofounder and CEO Scott Miller said in a statement.
“In all sincerity, we regret the misunderstanding that instigated our lawsuit,” Miller added. “Now that we better understand–and appreciate–the actual nature of our business matters, we have voluntarily withdrawn our claims against Gearbox, with genuine apologies to [Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford] for any damage that our lawsuit may have caused to the relationship.”
The lawsuit was filed in 2010 by 3D realms; the studio has claimed that Gearbox Software failed to pay them $2 million in royalties and advances related to Duke Nukem Forever. Gearbox, naturally, filed a defiant statement, adding that Scott Miller is someone who has had “more lawsuits than shipped games.”
3D Realms have been shut down since 2009. Duke Nukem Forever, the 4th entry in the series, was announced way back in the late 90s. The game infamously was delayed for more than a decade until Gearbox bought out the property. The game was released in 2011 and was critically panned. The game sits at a Metacritic score of 54. Gearbox have since expressed their desire to return to the Duke Nukem world and make a proper next gen game.