First  Prev  1  2  3  Next  Last
The Brutal Legend Controversy.
Posted 8/1/09
For us video game fans, I'm sure a lot of you know the name Tim Schafer.
He's the man behind Secrets of Monkey Island, Psychonauts, Full Throttle
and many other amazing games. The next project on his list is the highly
anticipated Brutal Legend, an ode to Heavy Metal Fantasy.


When this game first came along, Activision, the minds behind the highly
successful Call of Duty series, were the minds behind this title. After
Activision merged with Vivendi Studios, however, Brutal Legend was dropped
from development, leaving Double Fine's creation without any major
backing.


Enter Electronic Arts, the minds behind recent titles like Mirror's Edge
and Dead Space, and Brutal Legend was back under way. The game's been under
development with EA at the head, and at E3 we got a first hands on demo and
an official release date, ROCKTOBER 13th, for the game. After E3 however,
Double Fine ran into some trouble....



So i wanna get your thoughts on this controversy my fellow CR Gamers.


I personally have lost every ounce of respect for Activision due to these,
especially if Activision tried to make Brutal Legend another fucking Guitar
Hero, a game we honestly NO LONGER NEED. Modern Warfare 2 will more than
likely be the last game i ever buy from Activision personally.





But enough about me, what are your thoughts on this Brutal Controversy?


--------------------------------------------------------------------


*read the following posts, from GameSpot.com*





--------------------------------------------------------------------





By Brendan Sinclair, GameSpotPosted Jun 4, 2009 11:52 am PT


E3 2009: Publisher taking developer Double Fine to court over EA Partners
game it passed on after Vivendi Games merger; Tim Schafer offers lyrical
response.





LOS ANGELES--This week's Electronic Entertainment Expo was supposed to be a
sort of coming-out party for Double Fine Productions' Brutal Legend. The
game is set to complete its rocky road to release with an October launch,
and publisher Electronic Arts has been promoting it heavily at the show. It
dedicated a portion of its press conference to the game and plastered a
massive Brutal Legend banner over the front of the Los Angeles Convention
Center's South Hall.








Time for a legal power ballad...


Activision is looking to crash that party. The Associated Press reports
that the Tony Hawk publisher filed suit against Double Fine in a Santa
Monica court yesterday to prevent the game's release. According to the news
service, Activision is claiming it still has the rights to release Brutal
Legend, even though the game was among a slew of titles dropped by the
publisher last year in the wake of its merger with Vivendi Games. The
publisher also noted that it had invested roughly $15 million in Brutal
Legend, according to the report.





The lawsuit isn't entirely surprising. Activision had threatened such a
move in February, according to a report in Variety. At the time, an unnamed
EA source told the trade magazine, "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."





Representatives with Activision and Electronic Arts had not returned
requests for comment as of press time.





[UPDATE]: Double Fine president Tim Schafer passed the following comment on
to GameSpot: "Hey, if Activision liked it, then they should have put a ring
on it. Oh great, now Beyonce is going to sue me too.





---------------------------------------------------------------------------
--





By Brendan Sinclair, GameSpotPosted Jul 22, 2009 1:00 pm PT


Brutal Legend developer says publisher scuttled Jack Black-starring game
after a failed attempt to turn it into a Guitar Hero sequel, studio's
future depends on successful launch.





At the height of last month's Electronic Entertainment Expo, reports
surfaced that Activision was suing Double Fine Productions to stop the
release of the studio's upcoming game, Brutal Legend. The battle is
ongoing, but Double Fine is not going down without a fight.








Barring a court order, Brutal Legend is set for an October 13 release.

/>

According to the Associated Press, Double Fine Productions last week
countersued Activision. The countersuit alleges that Activision filed its
claim specifically to hurt the San Francisco-based developer, which also
said the company's continued survival depends on Brutal Legend. Double Fine
is also accusing Activision of unlawful business practices and trying to
prevent the game's release just to thin out potential competition to the
publisher's own Guitar Hero franchise.





While they may fight for a limited amount of shelf space and consumer
dollars, the music-themed action game Brutal Legend and the rhythm game
Guitar Hero don't compete in the same genre. However, Double Fine's suit
says that Activision canceled the studio's game after an aborted attempt to
convert it into a Guitar Hero sequel.





Activision first gained the publishing rights to Brutal Legend in July
2008, when it won approval for its merger with then-publisher Vivendi
Games. However, Activision soon thereafter revealed the list of Vivendi
titles it would be pursuing, and Brutal Legend didn't make the cut. Enter
Electronic Arts, which later that year added Double Fine to its EA Partners
program and set the game on course for an October debut. While Activision's
suit claimed it never relinquished the publishing rights to the game,
Double Fine is hoping to get a judge's ruling that the publisher terminated
its agreement with the studio.





When asked if the legal dispute had affected the game's launch plans, an EA
representative simply told GameSpot, "Rocktober 13th, 2009 in North
America, Rocktober 16th everywhere else."





Activision has filed a motion to prevent Brutal Legend's release. According
to the AP, a hearing on that motion is scheduled for July 30





---------------------------------------------------------------------------
--





Judge puts off Brutal Legend decision


By Brendan Sinclair, GameSpotPosted Jul 30, 2009 4:13 pm PT


Activision's motion to prevent release of Double Fine Productions' game
will go another week without an answer, but judge says he's inclined to
side with San Francisco-based developer.





Double Fine Productions will have to wait at least another week to find out
if its Jack Black-starring action game Brutal Legend will be able to make
its scheduled October 13 release.








"Activision tried to destroy The Metal..."


The Associated Press is reporting today that a Los Angeles Superior Court
judge has put off a decision on whether or not to prevent the release of
the game while an Activision lawsuit against the developer plays out. While
the judge said he's inclined to allow the game to launch as planned, he
wanted to give both sides a chance to make their case on the matter.





The legal tiff began at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June, when
Activision filed a lawsuit to prevent the release of Brutal Legend.
Activision claims that even though it declined to release Brutal Legend
after merging with original publisher Vivendi Games, it never lost the
rights to put the game out. As a result, Double Fine wouldn't have been
free to shop the game around and secure the help of EA Partners in
preparing Brutal Legend for its currently scheduled launch.





Earlier this month, Double Fine countersued, accusing Activision of
unlawful business practices and trying to prevent the game's release to
thin out potential competition to the publisher's own Guitar Hero
franchise. The countersuit mentioned an aborted attempt to make Brutal
Legend an extension of the Guitar Hero franchise, and said Double Fine's
continued existence hinged on the game's successful release.





A formal ruling on Activision's motion is expected August 6.





---------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------





**All news clips have been taken from GameSpot.com**


Posted 8/1/09
Now i can relax once I've did what i can do, we must make this right...
Posted 8/2/09
People we have to do something like this wise dude said !! Brutal Legend MUST survive !!!!

Do Not Buy Anything Related To That Devilish Corporation Called Activision
250 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
25 / M
Offline
Posted 8/2/09
you know what..... ?
you better buy modern warfare 2
and every other call of duty game, cuz no matter what they do they're considered a great company in my eyes
Posted 8/2/09
ska? I like Activision bu I like EA more...hm I isht confused...bu' fuck I still am gonna be Acttivision games
17431 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
23 / M / THE DARKEST PITS...
Offline
Posted 8/2/09
OMG that was a lot 2 read but i think i get it we MUST FIGHHT!! FOR FREEDOM or just 4 BRUTAL LEGEND butt im gonna buy modern warfare 2 its just AWESOMEmo lol
Posted 8/2/09

libertyX wrote:

dont care what company it's....the importance that i enjoy play games......


That's not the point.... -_- i dont care what company it is as well, but when a great company such as Activision does something FILTHY!!! like that, its just outrageous.
Posted 8/2/09

Josietea wrote:

you know what..... ?
you better buy modern warfare 2
and every other call of duty game, cuz no matter what they do they're considered a great company in my eyes


IF it get canned then there is no way i will buy Modern Warfare 2, but if it gets delayed because of this; then yes I'll get it.
1190 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
25 / M / A box
Offline
Posted 8/2/09
There was to many texts to read on this forum so i don't get what it's about but ehmm. I TOTALLY AGREE! with what theroses says whatever it was
51966 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
F / US
Offline
Posted 8/2/09
I jus bought prototype >.< Activision does make great games. And I can understand how it's grimey that their trying to stop the release.. but I feel like we don't know the whole story about whats going on yet.. =/
Revolver Dogelot
72940 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
36 / M / somewhere that is...
Offline
Posted 8/2/09
Actually Activision has no legal leg to stand on, they gave up the rights to the game. This is nothing but a rather retarded ploy to try to score a payoff from EA. Basically a "we will make your life hell.... but if you give us X amount of dollars we will call it a day and leave you alone" type scenario.
Posted 8/2/09

Karkarov wrote:

Actually Activision has no legal leg to stand on, they gave up the rights to the game. This is nothing but a rather retarded ploy to try to score a payoff from EA. Basically a "we will make your life hell.... but if you give us X amount of dollars we will call it a day and leave you alone" type scenario.


I know, but it may cause a delay to the release...so its annoying. Great berserk picture.
Revolver Dogelot
72940 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
36 / M / somewhere that is...
Offline
Posted 8/2/09


Hahaha, thanks. I honestly doubt that this will cause a delay. EA has put too much money into the advertising they want to keep their date. Activision will cop out for some kind of deal before it comes down to it, or a judge will find against them.

Posted 8/2/09

Karkarov wrote:



Hahaha, thanks. I honestly doubt that this will cause a delay. EA has put too much money into the advertising they want to keep their date. Activision will cop out for some kind of deal before it comes down to it, or a judge will find against them.



Yeah, its just that i lost respect for Activision, anyways EA > Activision. I guess they got greedy after seeing how the game is going very well, and the hype for it is pretty high.
Posted 8/2/09
Werid, I got like 25 messages about this CR game thread.
I know im a gamer but dam.

Thats just too much fricken reading haha.

I got a couple things to say:
Economics.
shit happens.

Modern Warfare Two.

Activision wont care about one person thoughts.
people will still buy there games.

Its like Square Enix on Strike.
^ thats a different story homie ^.^

First  Prev  1  2  3  Next  Last
You must be logged in to post.