We haven’t seen Duke Nokem set the stage for a brand new video game installment in a very long time. In fact, the IP is still probably recovering from Duke Nokem Forever’s favorite release. The game was released in 2011 and if you don’t mind, its gameplay mechanics were released in installments below the visual and expectations of the date. Still, some fans are hoping we’ll see a new installment and it’s not a new game, Duke Nokem is back but has sued.
I’m not a lawyer so I can’t get into the details, but the gearbox got a bit hot when Duke Nokem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour kicked off. It was a remaster that also included a soundtrack featuring the original songs used for the game. These songs were by an artist named Robert Prince. That song from the original developer, 3D Realms, was copyrighted by Robert Prince. Since then, 3D Realms has sold Duke Newchem to the gearbox, but Robert Prince’s money is cut and dried here.
Apparently, when Gearbox 3D Reals and their parent company bought the IP from Apogee Software, they had a deal that could prevent them from any holdups with their franchise. Basically, there is nothing that can prevent IPT games or redesigned versions from being used for further development. The deal did not include music by Robert Prince, and as a result, Gearbox has now sued Apogee Software for what they claim is a breach of contract. So now two legal issues surround Duke Nokem and we don’t know exactly who is here.
Could Apogee Software be liable to indicate that the copyrighted music is not yet owned by Robert Prince or that the IP purchase rights have not been revoked? Clearly, the judge has to pick through this mess. However, the question arises as to whether we will see more Duke Nokem after this fiasco is over. Otherwise, if we try to do more work on Gearbox IP, will we see more demands? Only time will tell so we can wait for the verdict.
Source: Digital Trends