Gearbox solves another legal drama related to the shooter series.
Gearbox Software has partnered Duke of Destruction 3D Composer Bobby Prince.
The studio said in a press release that it had resolved the matter, but did not disclose relevant details.
Prior to this, Prince filed a lawsuit against Gearbox in the studio in 2019, using his music “unlicensed” for the 2016 Duke Nukem 3D world tour. Earlier this year, Gearbox purchased Duke Nukem IP from Apogee Software’s parent company, 3D Realms, in 2010 and sued the former owner of the franchise because they did not deliver the property “free and clear”.
In other words, Gearbox thinks it has everything related to Duke Nukem, but it turns out that 3D Realms and Apogee do not actually own the music for these games.
“My lawsuit and Gearbox have aroused a lot of interest. Today I am happy to announce that Gearbox’s problems have been resolved.” Prince said. “After fruitful discussions, we reached an agreement to keep my music and sound effects in the Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour.
“I thank Randy Pitchford and Gearbox for their cooperation, partnership and understanding. I am grateful that we can leave it behind and move on.”
Gearbox founder Randy Pitchford added: “Bobby Prince has been and still is an important contributor to the Gearbox series. We thank Bobby and his team for working with us to eliminate misunderstandings and confusion. He is an incredible artist and we value his work on us Contribution.”
This is not the first time Gearbox has to obtain all legal sanctions related to Duke Nukem. As early as 2014, the developer sued Apogee’s Interceptor Entertainment for making a new game in the series-Mass Destruction without his permission.