The ongoing legal dispute over the Duke Nukem IP has taken another turn after 3D Realms claimed it still maintains ownership of the Duke Nukem trademark, Destructoid reports.
Back in February Gearbox filed a lawsuit which stated: “Recently-and without consulting the Duke IP’s actual owner, Gearbox- Interceptor announced its intent to develop a Duke Nukem game based upon the various characters, content and intellectual property owned by Gearbox; the proposed game is entitled ‘Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction’.”
Gearbox seeks damages for the misuse of the IP, requesting for an “amount to be proven at trial”.
However, 3D Realms states that the Asset Purchase Agreement with Gearbox for Duke Nukem Forever gave 3D Realms the rights to complete and sell a game called Duke Nukem Survivor.
And to go one step further, 3D Realms says that Gearbox doesn’t have ownership of the Duke Nukem trademark, which remains the “sole property of 3DR”.