Activision Blizzard intentionally blocking Brutal Legend deal?

News posted by Ryan on October 30th, 2008 at 11:07am GMT

Activision BlizzardSome fairly disconcerting news has come to light today: it turns out that Activision Blizzard — the publisher that pulled out of the Brutal Legend publishing deal — may be actively hindering any deals Double Fine tries to make with other publishers.

According to a Double Fine source, Activison has been “an impediment” during the re-pitching process, and they’re “blocking the process”.

A speculative comment on the matter by Quirk suggests that Activision Blizzard is causing problems for Double Fine so they’re eventually forced to re-negotiate with them — with far more favourable terms for the latter, naturally. Welcome to the wonderful world of business.

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3 metalheads have commented on this post
1. kroms 13 years, 9 months ago

I wonder: if I took the person responsible for this and spooned their eyes out, would they scream?

2. Choucroute 13 years, 9 months ago


I’m a huge fan of Schafer’s work, but come on, does this game even exists ?
I mean, does anybody saw it even in a primitive playable state ?
The game is supposed to be in development since what ? More than two years ?
And what do we have ? A bunch of screenshots, a CG trailer ans some tidbits about the game mechanics…

I’m sure people at Doublefine are trying their best, and they clearly have a bad luck cloud above their heads, but, I don’t know, I’m starting to have some massive doubts about their capability at making a game in a reasonable amout of time…

After Psychonauts, I guess I’m kinda tired to follow their development hell routine…

(sorry for the broken english…)

3. Andy 13 years, 9 months ago

WTF! I can’t describe the anger i feel after reading this.. well Activision Blizzard should get sued big time!

Choucroute, of course the game exists! It has, as you say, been in development for two years and over 75 percent of the dialog have been recorded ( inclusive Jack Black).

Tim Schafer says that they have come far with the game.

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