3D Realms has issued a statement telling the world that it is not, in fact, dead, and that Take-Two's lawsuit
is the upshot of an attempt to acquire the Duke Nukem
"Despite rumours and statements to the contrary, 3D Realms (3DR) has not closed and is not closing", a statement from George Broussard, the president of 3DR and co-creator of Duke Nukem
, tells us. The statement does confirm, however, that on May 6th the team behind Duke Nukem Forever
was, indeed, let go on May 6th.
3DR made a somewhat puzzling statement denying that it received the $12 million Take-Two claims it sent in the dev's direction for publishing rights for DNF
. "Take-Two never paid 3DR advances or any signing bonus or any other funds related to DNF
, up until July 2008, at which time they paid $2.5m in connection with another agreement for an unannounced game. This is the sum total Take-Two has paid 3DR in connection with DNF."
So... Take-Two paid $2.5 million in connection to another
game, but that money is "in connection with DNF
"? So, the money was for both the unannounced game and DNF? Presumably that's the case, but a bit of clarity wouldn't hurt when defending against a lawsuit.
For its part, the developer claims, "3DR put over $20m into the production of DNF
". It also notes that, "Take-Two retains publishing rights for the DNF game, although 3DR retains certain rights to sell the game directly to the public."
3DR claims that Take-Two's lawsuit is the upshot of an attempt by T2 to acquire the Duke Nukem
property in a "fire sale".
"Late last year, 3DR began negotiations with Take-Two to provide funding to complete the DNF game. In the meantime, 3DR was hitting mutually-agreed milestones, despite not having a new agreement finalized", the company stated. (Presumably those milestones are the ones that generated some news coverage thanks to this tweet
Take-Two allegedly "materially changed the parameters of the proposed funding agreement. 3DR informed Take-Two that it could not financially afford the changes Take-Two was suggesting and would be forced to release the team if an agreement was not reached. Take-Two made a last minute proposal to acquire the Duke Nukem
franchise and the 3DR development team."
"... We believe Take-Two's lawsuit is without merit and merely a bully tactic to obtain ownership of the Duke Nukem
franchise. We will vigorously defend ourselves against this publisher", 3DR concluded.
Curioser and curioser...Source: Kotaku