Activision to sue EA over Brutal Legend?

Written by Joe Martin

February 16, 2009 | 10:50

Tags: #brutal-legend #schafer

Companies: #activision-blizzard #double-fine #ea #electronic-arts

Activision Blizzard is reportedly getting a little stroppy over Electronic Arts' decision to publish Double Fine Studios' new game, Brutal Legend, despite having previously abandoned the title.

Brutal Legend is the latest game from Tim 'Full Throttle' Schafer and features the voice of Jack Black as Eddie Riggs; a heavy metal roadie who gets sucked into a rock-themed dimension courtesy of a cursed belt buckle.

The game, which is announced for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, was originally due to be published by Vivendi Games. When Activision and Blizzard merged last year though, a number of Vivendi and Sierra games were hung out to dry because Activision didn't think they would be profitable enough. One of those titles was Brutal Legend, which was later picked up by Electronic Arts, thankfully.

According to Variety though, Activision is now threatening to sue both Double Fine and EA because, even though it made it clear it didn't want to publish the game, it believes it may still have the publishing rights.

According to EA however, the likelihood that Activision will actually take EA to court is rather slim though and EA is apparently secure in the legality of its position.

"That would be like a husband abandoning his family and then suing after his wife meets a better looking guy." Indeed - virtually indistinguishable," said an EA spokesperson.

Who would you rather see publish Brutal Legend and exactly how petty are these companies going to get? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.
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