Gearbox Purchases Duke Nukem IP

Just a few days after revealing they’re working on Duke Nukem Forever, Gearbox Software – the studio behind the Brothers in Arms franchise and Borderlands – has announced they have purchased the Duke Nukem franchise. The developer has acquired the full intellectual property rights of the Duke Nukem brand including Duke Nukem Forever and all future projects in a cooperative deal made with 3D Realms.

Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software said:

“Fifteen years ago, Duke Nukem 3D helped launch my professional video game development career. The Gearbox Software team and I are ecstatic that we have grown to a position to be able to pick up and carry the torch and help Duke rise back to glory in his time of need. Fans of the legendary hero and all the incredible talent that have ever helped him all deserve the very best support that we can bring.”

Scott Miller, co-founder of 3D Realms also commented on the news:

“Gearbox was handpicked as the new home for Duke Nukem because of their continued passion, commitment and long-time heritage with the brand and 3D Realms. Gearbox and Duke Nukem make for a devastating match made in video game heaven.”

Duke Nukem Forever is currently scheduled for a release in 2011.