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Brutal Legend potentially getting a Wii release

News posted by Ryan on February 19th, 2009 at 11:58am GMT

GoNintendoExtremely popular Nintendo blog GoNintendo has a pretty tasty scoop today concerning a number of EA’s and Activision Blizzard’s 2009 release schedules, courtesy of an anonymous source.

How exactly this person happens to have access to these particular two publishers’ information is unknown, but GoNintendo does place some trust in the source due to it being correct in the past.

The release schedule covers all sorts of games and platforms, but the most intriguing is of course the revelation that Brutal Legend is going to get a Wii version, and that all three will come out in Autumn 2009.

I’ll be getting the higher-definition version for the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 I reckon, but if true it’s excellent that Brutal Legend‘s audience is being expanded quite significantly.

Game Informer preview now available

News posted by Ryan on February 15th, 2009 at 3:24pm GMT

brutal_legend_20090215151211I’ve been provided with scans of the Game Informer preview mentioned the other day, which spans a couple of pages — albeit only one with text — and comes with some nice shots that I don’t believe have been seen elsewhere.

It doesn’t talk so much about the game itself, but instead about the publishing issues that’ve plagued Double Fine for a second time:

“We were suffering from the same lack of information that everyone was for a long time,” Shafer explains. “We’d heard there was going to be a merger, and we thought, ‘Oh, there’ll be shenanigans around the bend.’ Sure enough, shenanigans came.”

Tim Schafer also reveals that Brutal Legend‘s development did come perilously close to being shut down due to lack of funding, a problem that’s always going to be snapping at your heels when you’re left without a publisher:

“Regardless of the setbacks the game encountered throughout 2008, Double Fine avoided shutting down production, though Schafer admits the potential was looming in the final weeks before the deal was struck.”

Fortunately their worries during the aforementioned final weeks were unnecessary, as we all know the happy ending: Electronic Arts moved in and saved the day. Be sure to check out the scans!

Activision Blizzard threatens to sue Electronic Arts

News posted by Ryan on February 13th, 2009 at 10:39pm GMT

Bobby KotickJust when we all thought the whole publishing fiasco with Brutal Legend was over, Activision Blizzard — the former publisher of the game — has broken its silence and threatened Electronic Arts, saying that it still owns the rights and that EA’s contract with Double Fine is invalid.

EA has gone straight for the jugular with this blunt response:

“We doubt that Activision would try to sue. That would be like a husband abandoning his family and then suing after his wife meets a better looking guy.”

As Variety speculates, it’s clear that the game’s former publisher has no interest in actually supporting the game, so presumably this action is intended to do only one thing: get a tidy sum from EA in return for turning the license over.

The twist is that it may be Activision Blizzard doesn’t own the rights after all, as it was rumoured back during the publishing issues that Double Fine had a legal loophole in the contract on its side that gave it the rights to Brutal Legend.

I guess we’ll see before long what comes of this, but I think it’s fair to say at this point that Activision Blizzard is the new EA.

Official Xbox Magazine article now online

News posted by Ryan on February 12th, 2009 at 10:40am GMT

brutal_legend_20090212103701The Official Xbox Magazine article that I posted about a few weeks ago has now been made available on the OXM website, including unspoilt — albeit small — versions of the screenshots included in the article.

Two of the screenshots were new to the article, so you’ll find them now in the screenshot gallery. If you know of any screenshots not included there, be sure to get in touch so they can be added!

Also, as Kroms mentioned (Thanks to him for pointing out these new shots, by the way!) the latest issue of Game Informer contains a new Brutal Legend preview. If you have access to this magazine, it’d be highly appreciated if you could send in some scans.

Official Xbox Magazine covers Brutal Legend

News posted by Ryan on January 14th, 2009 at 11:04am GMT

brutal_legend_20090116204008The official Brutal Legend site has been teasing us about a looming article in the next issue of the Official Xbox Magazine for some time, and as highlighted by Double Fine you can now grab it in the shops.

I believe the Brutal Legend article is in the US edition only, so if you’re on that side of the ocean be sure to pick it up. You might even want to go ahead and scan all the pages, then send them to me. Just a thought!

Update

[January 15th, 2008 at 12:00pm GMT+0] Chris Capel has just notified me that the UK edition of the Official Xbox Magazine is also sporting a Brutal Legend feature, although whether or not it’s identical to the US version isn’t known at this time. Any good magazine shop should have it in stock now, so go get yourself sorted!

Update #2

[January 16th, 2009 at 8:52pm GMT+0] Scans of both the US and UK Official Xbox Magazine articles are now available in the Assorted Images section, courtesy of the most excellent Chris Capel and Jaap Jansen.

A cursory look indicates that the actual content of the two articles is identical, although the layout is very different in each — I’d personally say the UK edition has the edge and is probably the preferable one to read. Of course, both have their own images, captions, and minor asides.

Telescope-eyed Chris points out the following little nuggets revealed in the article:

  • Eddie may have the ability to change his shirt, evidenced by the fact that he’s wearing different shirts in various screenshots
  • The Guitar Hero and Rock Band guitars will not be compatible with Brutal Legend
  • Plenty of new concept art

Jaap has noted in this post’s comments that some lines at the bottom of the US scans weren’t successfully included in the images, so be sure to read his comment to see what they were (some are exclusive to the US article).