In a detailed statement, sent to fellow game site Kotaku, 3D Realms have responded to publisher Take-Two’s claims that 3D Realms owes them mad money over Duke Nukem Forever; $12 million to be exact.
3D Realms head honcho George Broussard e-mailed the site and responded to Take-Two’s allegations and lawsuit, saying that the publisher’s investment was no more than $2.5 million in funding (a long shot from the alleged $12 million). Broussard also says that the majority of the funding actually went to other companies who are no longer involved in the game’s development (details of these companies and 3D Realms convoluted history can be found here).
It’s not all he-said-she-said legal nonsense however, in the statement Broussard clearly states, “3DR is a much smaller studio now, we will continue to operate as a company and continue to license and co-create games based upon the Duke Nukem franchise.”
But what they give with one hand, they take away with the other. Hopes of Duke Nukem Forever being resurrected seem slim as, due to funding issues, the DNF development team were let go on May 6th, to allow the company to restructure.