The breach-of-contract lawsuit filed against the longtime developer of the longtime-developed Duke Nukem Forever has been settled and ended. Both sides agreed to pay their own legal costs, and neither can sue on the same grounds again.
Shacknews was first to report that Take-Two Interactive's suit against 3D Realms/Apogee Ltd was dismissed with a very brief stipulation signed and filed May 28 by both sides, who agreed to terminate the litigation and pay their own bills. Further, the matter is "dismissed with prejudice," which means neither side can bring their claims again.
When 3D Realms let go all of its staff on Duke Nukem Forever last May, having burned through its cash for the project, Take-Two filed suit alleging the studio had money in offshore accounts to keep development going. Apogee responded that it had laid off the internal team, but that didn't mean it had abandoned development, and it would continue through outside partners. Take-Two alleged a breach of contract and said it had paid $12 million for the publication rights to video games' most notorious piece of vaporware, under development since 1997.
Duke Nukem Forever Lawsuits Settled [Shacknews]