EA Comes To Brutal Legend's Rescue
When Activision/Blizzard went and absorbed Sierra, a bunch of potentially solid titles were suddenly left without a publishing home. Atari snapped up Ghostbusters: The Video Game just recently, but we're still wondering: what about Double Fine and Tim Schafer's Brutal Legend?
Well, the word is that EA has snagged Schafer's latest project. The game's official site earlier indicated a non-existent EA domain and Schafer wrote on the Double Fine company blog that "Santa may be putting some sort of publisher news in our stocking during the night." Then, Joystiq all but confirmed it as the confirmation is clear: Brutal Legend will release for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in the fall of 2009 and yes, it appears that EA will most certainly handle the publishing duties. For our part, we give our automatic vote to anything Schafer does, and the addition of the zany Jack Black as the lead character voice seems like a perfect choice. Schafer's projects have always been just a tad on the wacky side, and if you hadn't noticed, Black is about as wacky as they come. Provided this new title is as genuinely humorous and entertaining as Psychonauts - one of my personal favorites from last generation - I'll be picking up Brutal Legend as soon as it hits store shelves.
Oh, and for those of you always complaining about the lack of originality in next-gen titles, please do give your undivided attention to this game next year. We can pretty much guarantee it'll be like nothing you've ever played before (although it will of course have elements of certain genres). See, although the games are accessible and reminiscent of certain categories, Schafer's projects are often difficult to easily label. ...and that's precisely what has made them so great.
Related Game(s): Brutal Legend
12/12/2008 Ben Dutka