Duke Nukem Forever was a horrible, terrible game (see the review here) not just for consumers and reviewers but also for the original IP owner at 3D Realms and the new publisher at Gearbox. The former sued the latter... and just lost.
Sadly the case wasn't about the fact that the game was so bad. Back in June we reported that
, "The original developer of Duke Nukem Forever -
a game infamous for being in development hell for over fourteen years, just to remind you - is seeking more than $2 million for the missing cash, and claims that Gearbox had blocked independent auditing of the royalties 3D Realms earned over the 2010 acquisition of the project."
Last week though. Scott Miller, the CEO at 3D Realms was forced into a humiliating step-down as the case was thrown out of court with prejudice so that it can't even be appealed.
Miller offered the following:
""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.
"In all sincerity, we regret the misunderstanding that instigated our lawsuit. Now that we better understand--and appreciate--the actual nature of our business matters, we have voluntarily withdrawn our claims against Gearbox, with genuine apologies to Randy (Pitchford, president of Gearbox) for any damage that our lawsuit may have caused to the relationship."