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3D Realms recently announced a new Duke Nukem game, Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction, and Gearbox, the current owner of the IP, isn't very pleased. They have sued 3DRealms, who used to own the IP, for unauthorized use of the property and violation of Gearbox's trademarks.
"Apparently, after selling its Duke Nukem IP rights to Gearbox in 2010, 3DR sought to privately convince others that the sale never happened," Gearbox stated in their complaint. "The result is the unauthorized development effort that reportedly exists between 3DR and Interceptor."
Gearbox's complaint also includes a signed statement from 3DRealms CEO Scott Miller and George Broussard, the co-creator of Duke Nukem, who acknowledged the trademark infringement.
Last year, 3DRealms attempted to file a lawsuit against Gearbox for unpaid royalties on Duke Nukem Forever. 3DRealms later withdrew the claim and publicly apologized to Gearbox in September 2013.
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