3D realms, best known for creating Duke Nukem, filed a lawsuit a while back against Gearbox, who published and completed the troubled Duke Nukem Forever. 3D realms founder Scott Miller has now dropped the lawsuit and issued an apology.
Miller issued the apology to Gearbox in a letter to Kotaku.
“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 Now that we better understand—and appreciate—the actual nature of our business matters, we have voluntarily withdrawn our claims against Gearbox, with genuine apologies to Randy for any damage that our lawsuit may have caused to the relationship.”
Originally they filed a lawsuit against Gearbox for unpaid royalties. 3D Realms claimed that Gearbox owed them $2 million.
Miller made a misunderstanding that may have damaged his relationship with Gearbox, particularly with Randy Pitchford who agreed to complete the game–not to mention he stood by the game despite its poor critical reception. Still, at least Miller admitted he was wrong, and hopefully the two can patch up their differences. Afterall, Pitchford didn’t have to buy the rights to Duke Nukem Forever and complete it.