With Brutal Legend‘s fate still unclear and the game apparently without a publisher, speculation has been running amuck with people throwing names like MTV, EA, and even Gamecock into the list of publishers who might take the game on.
Keen to get some clarification on what the actual deal is, Gamasutra took the opportunity to slip a question about Brutal Legend into its recent interview with EA CEO John Riccitiello. The response:
“I have seen it. I am well aware of what the game is. It’s a very significant creative risk. Sometimes significant creative risks end up being some of the world’s best products. Spore was also a significant creative risk. So was The Sims. Portal, BioShock. But so was Grim Fandango.”
A number of other gaming sites have taken this as an acknowledgement that EA has looked into the game and isn’t prepared to publish it, particularly because of Riccitello’s use of the word ‘risk’. However, it is important to note that EA has a history of publishing ‘creative risks’, including the aforementioned Spore, The Sims, and Portal.
Unfortunately he also slips Grim Fandango in there, which although deservingly has almost legendary status as a high-quality game, didn’t really set the sales charts on fire. As such, his comment diplomatically leaves EA’s actual intentions regarding the game entirely unknown.