Gearbox unleashes the lawyers
Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction is set for a full reveal this week, after being outed as a top-down RPG based on the classic shooter license. Interceptor and series creator Scott Miller promised to kick ass and chew bubblegum, but Gearbox are having absolutely none of it, since they technically own the IP themselves. Unleash the lawyers!
Despite Mass Destruction not even being an official game yet, Gearbox is already suing Interceptor for seven counts of “trademark infringement, unfair competition, copyright infringement, and breach of contract," as spotted by Joystiq. They've definitely got precedent in their favour, having inherited the rights to Duke Nukem after taking on the underwhelming Duke Nukem Forever several years ago, and successfully defending against a similar claim from 3D Realms.
"Apparently, after selling its Duke Nukem IP rights to Gearbox in 2010, 3DR sought to privately convince others that the sale never happened," states Gearbox' complaint. "The result is the unauthorized development effort that reportedly exists between 3DR and Interceptor."
However, back in 2011, Interceptor cancelled Duke Nukem 3D Reloaded and promised to return using a non-commercial license. "Interceptor Entertainment still has the good will and non commercial license provided to us to use the Duke Nukem brand for our creative ambitions," they claimed on their official website [now defunct, thanks Kotaku!]. "We hope to resume that work again when the time is right."
We'll find out what happens when -- and if -- Mass Destruction breaks cover later this week. For now, tell us, would you play a Duke Nukem RPG?