Court Filing: 2KGames Developing "Duke Begins"

June 22, 2009 -

Digging deeper into a court document filed on Friday by Duke Nukem developer Apogee Software reveals that - at least according to Apogee's attorneys - 2K Games is creating a new Duke Nukem property with the working title Duke Begins.

The following passage appears in Apogee's response to a suit filed against it last month by publisher Take-Two Interactive:

On October 22, 2007, Apogee, Take-Two, and 2K Games entered into an agreement in which Apogee granted 2K Games the exclusive right to develop and publish a new videogame based upon Apogee's Duke Nukem franchise... The new game was given the working title of "Duke Begins" and is not the same game as the DNF game...

 

The original development schedule for the Duke Begins game provided that the game was to be completed and commercially released by mid-2010...

 

Take Two and/or its subsidiary 2K Games halted or otherwise cancelled all development work by the third-party game developer on the Duke Begins game in April 2009... without Apogee's approval or consent...

 

When Apogee confronted Take-Two and 2K Games about the... cancellation of the Duke Begins development work... Take-Two and 2K Games simply denied it... Take-Two and 2K Games are taking such actions with a goal of pressuring Apogee to sell the Duke Nukem franchise rights to Take-Two for less than their true value.

DOCUMENT DUMP: Read Apogee's court filing here (20-page pdf).

UPDATE: GP spoke with a Take-Two representative who declined to comment, citing pending litigation.


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Re: Court Filing: 2KGames Developing "Duke Begins"

Is duke nukem franchise is actually worth something?
I would have thought the price would have plummeted by now due to DNF

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Re: Court Filing: 2KGames Developing "Duke Begins"

I'd personally love to see another Duke game. I remember constantly waiting year after year for DNF to come out and finally gave up about 6 years ago. Now that 3Drealms is broke, i hope they just sell off the franchise to a company that will actually release a Duke game rather then telling us year after year "when it's done" and never come out with anything other then a few screenshots all the while laughing in our faces and collecting development money from a publisher for something they never planned on doing all along.

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Re: Court Filing: 2KGames Developing "Duke Begins"

How can Appogee claim that T2 is trying to get the Duke franchise for less that it's value.  It hasn't put out a game in 12 years with a duke nukem brand on it.  It has no value.

Re: Court Filing: 2KGames Developing "Duke Begins"

I just want to play a new Duke game in this century.

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Re: Court Filing: 2KGames Developing "Duke Begins"

So what does this mean for the Duke Nukem Trilogy on PSP and DS? I was looking forward to that (on PSP, natch).

 

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Re: Court Filing: 2KGames Developing "Duke Begins"

This is never going to end, is it?

 

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Re: Court Filing: 2KGames Developing "Duke Begins"


I got a qurrey for all the duke fans, when you think duke what do you think?

I think large levels with secrets, fun weapons and on the fly wise cracks.

 


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Re: Court Filing: 2KGames Developing "Duke Begins"

Would be awesome, with some environmental destruction tossed in. And with the newer physics engines, there could be random stuff flying all over the place.

Re: Court Filing: 2KGames Developing "Duke Begins"

I'd rather not have a lulz fest...then again it is duke after all....but I'd hate to have something like Quake 4 with small levels and bland weapons,ect......


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Re: Court Filing: 2KGames Developing "Duke Begins"

Duke Nukem died when they kept delaying DKF, don't beat a dead horse 2K.

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Re: Court Filing: 2KGames Developing "Duke Begins"

"Duke Begins," eh?  Will the second game be called "The Duke Knight?"

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Re: Court Filing: 2KGames Developing "Duke Begins"

Mabye, and I bet it will be a lack luster 3rdP shooter.

 


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Re: Court Filing: 2KGames Developing "Duke Begins"

2K+duke = piss poor corridor shooter with crappy MP features......

 


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Re: Court Filing: 2KGames Developing "Duke Begins"

 

Really? Why do you say that? What's the basis of your argument?

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Re: Court Filing: 2KGames Developing "Duke Begins"

You know, 2K Boston doesn't have an announced project at the moment...

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Re: Court Filing: 2KGames Developing "Duke Begins"

How can Duke begin when he never begun to start with?

Re: Court Filing: 2KGames Developing "Duke Begins"

It began with Duke Nukem in 1991.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Nukem_(video_game)

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Re: Court Filing: 2KGames Developing "Duke Begins"

I know, I was referring to Duke Nukem Fornever actually.

Re: Court Filing: 2KGames Developing "Duke Begins"

Beginning and not finishing are two entirely different things.

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