3D Realms drops Duke Nukem Forever suit against Gearbox

No money changes hands as companies resolve issue over profits; 3D Realms says a “misunderstanding” led to suit’s filing.

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In June, Scott Miller’s Apogee (doing business as 3D Realms) sued Gearbox Entertainment, alleging that the developer had been withholding profits from the sale of Duke Nukem Forever. That case is being dismissed with prejudice, and Miller has released a statement through Gearbox apologizing for the whole affair.

“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,” Miller said. “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 Now that we better understand–and appreciate–the actual nature of our business matters, we have voluntarily withdrawn our claims against Gearbox, with genuine apologies to Randy [Pitchford, Gearbox president] for any damage that our lawsuit may have caused to the relationship.”

Duke Nukem Forever was released to critical scorn, but it sold enough copies (after substantial discounting at retailers) to be Gearbox’s best-selling game to that point in the company’s history.

“Everyone wished that 3DR’s game was better received by the market for the benefit of gamers and profit to its creators,” Gearbox said in a statement at the time of the suit’s filing. “While 3DR might not wish the reality that the results make clear, 3DR turned out to be the only beneficiary of the deal. Gearbox Software, meanwhile, experienced damage to its credibility and loss of its money.”

Since Duke Nukem Forever, Gearbox has released the critical and commercial hit Borderlands 2, as well as the less successful Aliens: Colonial Marines.



Sony And Gearbox Are Bringing Borderlands 2 To The Vita

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A year ago, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford mentioned that he was interested in bringing Borderlands to the PlayStation Vita. Today, on the stage of Sony’s Gamescom 2013 press conference, that dream became a little more real.

With the help of Divekick developers Iron Galaxy Studios, 2012’s Borderlands 2 will be miniaturized and released on Sony’s portable in 2014. Sony will be handling the publishing duties, making this an interesting collaboration.

No word yet on which additional content (if any) will be included, but we’ll be sure to prod Gearbox about it when we see them for their PAX panel.

Borderlands 2 new trailer for Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage!

EXPLOSIONS!!! Check out Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, the second campaign add-on for Borderlands 2. This add-on will be released on November 20th for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.


Borderlands 2: Mr. Torgues Campaign of Carnage Preview — Arena Evolved

If there’s one theme that I see developing in Borderlands 2‘s DLC offerings, it’s diversity. The Captain Scarlett DLC was a finely executed and novel introduction of pirates to the franchise, and while developer Gearbox Software could have followed that up with vampires, ninjas, minotaurs, etc., their next DLC, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, goes in a notably different direction. It’s a direction that will surely please those who come to Borderlands 2 strictly for the gunplay.

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Considering the co-op friendly game design and its diverse array of enemies, Borderlands has always felt suited to arena-style play. This was proven previously with the Mad Moxxi DLC from the previous game. Many of the enclosed boss fight areas throughout the franchise give a taste of how an extensive multi-wave gun battle can play out. For Gearbox’s latest DLC, you’ll get just that, and considerably more. Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage isn’t just a settling for generic colosseum battles, although the new arena is the centerpiece of this DLC. There’s also a slew of side missions that will take this game well beyond the five-hour mark.

You can certainly see how much passion Gearbox puts into growing Pandora as the studio has added a ton of content beyond the arena. There’s at least 15 minutes of introductory content even before your first formal fight. You’re greeted by the tournament’s host, Mr. Torgue, who has the spitting image charisma of the late Macho Man Randy Savage.

He’s one of the loudest, most enthusiastic characters in the Borderlands franchise, so much so that Gearbox worked overtime on their censor button, bleeping out just the bare minimum for added hilarity. A new vault treasure has been discovered and Torgue has organized a tournament where the winner will be the one to open the vault.

You’ll of course have your hands full once you’re in the arena with enemies coming from all sides. The interior is elaborate in its art style, and the level design provides a handful of elevated structures to get both good vantage points and places of brief respite if your health is low.

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Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage also continues Gearbox’s tradition of practical approaches to new content and reskins. It’s commendable how they take the time to create new enemies with unique animations while mixing them with a roster of reskined foes. Same goes for the weapons as there’s a wealth of new and rare firearms to experiment with. And once again, if you have buddies who haven’t picked up the Season Pass but love weapons, you can bring the unique guns from this expansion into the main game and give them to your friends.

Equally admirable is how Gearbox continues to deliver fleshed out stories to their add-on content, complementing Borderlands 2‘s preexisting narrative. Mr. Torgue is just one of a number of new characters, and there are also a few familiar fan favorites although we don’t want to spoil their reveals.

What I did love about Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage the most is the game beyond the arena. Through some unforeseen developments, you’ll find yourself in other unfamiliar areas including a new city. Not only is this urban area densely packed with buildings, these structures are rather tall in the context of Borderlands environment design. It certainly felt new but not out of place in Pandora. There are enemies aplenty, both in the city streets and a nearby bar. In fact, causing a brawl in the bar is one of the mission objectives; this is Borderlands we’re talking after all.

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: Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage is out next week for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.


Source: G4

Gearbox Teases Next Borderlands 2 DLC, It’s Torgue Time

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Keen eyed Borderlands 2 players may have already noticed that the last patch for the game added trophies for a DLC pack called Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage. Other than this bit of evidence, Gearbox was completely mum on any details regarding the follow-up to the Captain Scarlet DLC. Well that silence may finally be broken.

Gearbox had previously created a Twitter account for Gaige the Mechromancer, prior to releasing her as a downloadable character. After her release however, the account went silent. Now, just over a month later, her account has become active again today with the following post:

Hey g*uys! Sorr#y for the lack of upd%ates lately. My ECHO com’s been on $the friTz. I thin^ some)_’s tr#4ng to h/*ck it

Gearbox also tweeted that it was “probably worth keeping an eye on” Gaige’s account. Fifteen minutes later Gaige’s account was renamed MISTER TORGUE, and we were graced with this tweet:


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Mister Torgue has posted a few comical statuses since, right in line withBorderlands 2‘s humor. He goes so far as to call out the need for “…NEW PUNCTUATION THAT LOOKS LIKE AN EXPLOSION CAUSE PERIODS ARE TOO CALM AND EXCLAMATION MARKS LOOK LIKE AN UPSIDE DOWN LOWER CASE I”, and to say that “LOWERCASE IS FOR PUSSIES”.

He does specifically mention the name of the new DLC pack as well.



There is no word concerning when we can expect to take part in the badassery that Mr. Torgue is asserting his Campaign of Carnage to be, but you can be sure that it’s not too far off now. Are you excited to continue your adventures on Pandora? What new features would you like to see Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage add?


Source: PlaystationLifestyle