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Published on December 12th, 2008 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder

Brutal Legend To Rock On Thanks To EA

DoubleFine’s Brutal Legend has been through quite a few changes in recent months.

This past July, Atari dropped Brutal Legend (along with a few other titles) from it’s lineup. Not too long after – a day later, in fact – a message hidden in the hover data of a weevil said simply:

Brutal Legend is fine.

Today, that simple sentence has solidified into a full-blown press release. Electronic Arts has picked up where others laid afraid and taken the help of publisher to Brutal Legend.

This must be a beautiful thing for Tim Schafer, as Psychonauts got a great reception – just not the sales to back it up. With that in mind, here’s a bit of a request as far as Brutal Legend goes:

Buy Brutal Legend, already!

Don’t let another fantastic game slip through the cracks, as it only erodes our favorite medium into mediocrity. If we don’t accept the truly groundbreaking titles – the ones that push the limits of what we expect of gaming experiences (here’s looking at you, Mirror’s Edge), cookie cutter rehashes are all we’ll ever get out of it. And no one really wants that, do we?

May you all rock on. Press Release follows:

Tim Schafer teams up with Jack Black for the Ultimate Rock Opus

Guildford, UK – December 12th, 2008 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) and Double Fine Productions, Inc. today announced that they have signed an exclusive publishing agreement that will bring the highly-anticipated rock-adventure Brütal Legend™ to gamers, headbangers, roadies and rockers worldwide next autumnl. The latest creation from gaming icon Tim Schafer and the award-winning team at Double Fine, Brütal Legend is a 3rd person Action/Adventure game starring Jack Black in the role of roadie Eddie Riggs, who sets on an epic quest to build an army of rockers with only a broad axe, a big block V8 and his faithful guitar in hand.

“This is awesome news!” stated Tim Schafer, President of Double Fine Productions. “The quality and creativity of the games EA Partners has been involved with make it a perfect home for our baby, Brütal Legend. Some people were starting to wonder if the saga of Eddie Riggs would ever see the light of day, but now I think it’s clear that this game, like Metal itself, cannot be killed!”

Brütal Legend is shaping up to be a creative tour de force,” said David DeMartini, Senior Vice President and General Manager, EA Partners. ”At EAP, we are deeply committed to giving the industry’s elite independent developers a platform to launch their creations to a worldwide audience. Tim Schafer is known for some of the richest stories and characters in our industry, and with Jack Black offering his vocal styling’s for Eddie Riggs, we are extremely excited to help Tim and his talented team at Double Fine see their vision come to fruition.”

Brütal Legend tells the tale of Eddie Riggs, played by Jack Black, who is drawn back through time to a mythical world immersed in Rock and Roll folklore; where great Metal titans once ruled and power chords rang from the countryside for all to hear. When an oppressed people request Eddie’s knowledge of modern warfare, he pulls from his own experience in the only occupation he’s ever had, a roadie for a Heavy Metal band. From this springs the most hellacious army man has ever seen, and thus brings this ancient world into the Age of Metal.

Brütal Legend will be available for the Xbox 360® video game system and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system in autumn 2009.

Double Fine is represented by CAA.

For more information on Brütal Legend please visit

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Deejay has been a gamer since the Atari 2600, has wrestled–and defeated–alligators with only his toes, and once aligned all the planets in the Solar System by uttering the words "Coo Coo Ka-Choo". In his sleep. He currently bides his time behind the scenes here at, streaming at and teaching.

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