Activision Sues EA For Brutal Legend Rights, Schafer Responds
All big business suffers from the occasional lawsuit. It's just the way of the world and honestly, the only reason we need lawyers. Right?
Anyway, according to GameSpot, which cites a recent Associated Press report, Activision is taking Electronic Arts to court over the rights to Double Fine and Tim Schafer's Brutal Legend. Activision claims they still have the rights, despite cutting the game from their ranks during last year's merger with Vivendi Games. They also say they pumped around $5 million into the game in question, and that - of course - adds to their grief. A Variety report back in February hinted at the possibility of a lawsuit, to which EA replied, "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." Well, Activision clearly doesn't like that "better looking guy" and are apparently willing to take their chances in court. And what did Tim Schafer have to say about all this?
"Hey, if Activision liked it, then they should have put a ring on it. Oh great, now Beyonce is going to sue me too."
We love this guy. But anyway, we hope these proceedings don't put a crimp in the development schedule. As is, Brutal Legend is scheduled to release this fall, and it ranks very high on our "most wanted" list. Therefore, we hope this little corporate snafu simply results in a bit of money changing hands, and the game doesn't suffer. It had better not.
Related Game(s): Brutal Legend
6/8/2009 Ben Dutka