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Activison moves to block the sale of Brutal Legend

Thursday, 4th June 2009 19:35 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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The whole Activision-Double Fine-EA fiasco just keeps getting uglier and uglier, and now Activision has made good on its promise to block the sale of Brutal Legend unless it gets paid or publishes the game itself.

According to the Associated Press, Activision filed papers with the district of Santa Monica, California yesterday, claiming that Double Fine transferred rights owned by the company to EA after it had already invested $15 million in the project.

Activision claims it still has a valid contract to release the game.

This is despite the fact the game was dropped along with Ghostbusters and Assault on Dark Athena back during the Vivendi merger, which CEO Bobby Kotick said was because none had “the potential to be exploited every year on every platform.”

Jesus.

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18 Comments

  1. mightyhokie

    I’ll never buy Activision products again.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Shatner

    Dropped because they lacked “the potential to be exploited every year on every platform.” is a pretty brutal admission of how the big publishers work – and what needs to be done to stay top dog.

    And I can understand being pissed off after sinking 15 mil into the project. But I’d have expected that, when they broke out of the contract, there must have been pretty clear details as to what they were and weren’t entitled to.

    It’s easy to hate on Activision because it might look like they’re making it difficult to get hold of a game that you (and I) might want to play. But that doesn’t necessarily make them wrong about what they’re doing. They might be well within their rights. We don’t know, we haven’t read the (probably quite boring) paperwork.

    In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if this sort of activity goes on a fair bit in the industry but is simply not reported that often. In fact, I know it does. ;)

    Still, it’s interesting to see the current attitude of gamers towards EA and Activision these days.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Freek

    If we can’t sell 5 version of the game per year, we’ll drop your game and sue you instead.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Captain Fruitloop

    Wow. Activision really are a bunch of cunts.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Johnny Cullen

    “This is despite the fact the game was dropped along with Ghostbusters and Assault on Dark Athena back during the Vivendi merger, which CEO Bobby Kotick said was because none had “the potential to be exploited every year on every platform.”

    Exactly the reason why it wont win.

    Fucking Acti idiots.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Suikoden Fan

    Activision are total wankers now, and seem to milk pretty much all there franchises to death.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. mortiferus

    Activision can kiss my shiny metal ass!!!

    #7 6 years ago
  8. sam_spade

    Dear me, what a fucking tool.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. No_PUDding

    MAAAANN, I want to punch them. Although 15 million is a lot, they DROPPED them.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. joshua nash

    activison are being fucking assholes, they dropped it cause they thought it wouldn’t sell probably cause tim’s last game didn’t do so well, but now that the game looks so awesomely badass they want it back, EA & Double Fine should tell Activision to fuck-off

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Blerk

    You can’t kill the metal
    The metal will live on
    Activision will try to kill the metal
    But they will fail, and will be smite to the ground!

    \m/

    #11 6 years ago
  12. deftangel

    Activision were on their way to becoming the new “old EA” before merging with Blizzard even :/

    How comes the same thing didn’t happen with Atehna and Ghostbusters then? Did the new publishers give ActiBlizz any moolah for them?

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Esha

    The corporate cycle in the world of gaming is interesting to watch, I remember back when Electronic Arts was a small company, and then they rose up to be the zenith of all evil, and they did not like what they had become, so eventually they reformed into something likeable and continue to strive for consumer approval.

    Well, EA, I wouldn’t worry too much because since its exception the dastardliness of Actard has overshadowed anything that you’d ever done, by leaps and bounds. Actard: The new Olde EA, and then some.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Psychotext

    I love the response…

    http://kotaku.com/5279255/tim-schafer-responds-to-activisions-brutal-legend-lawsuit

    :D

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Johnny Cullen

    Fucking genius, Schafer. :D

    #15 6 years ago
  16. BULArmy

    I want fuckin Activision to win, because Tim Fuckin Shafer forget abaut the PC version of the game. The PC made him famous and now how is he now returning the favour- no PC version. So FUCK you Shafer.
    About this thing: “the potential to be exploited every year on every platform.”
    Activision are totally lost if this is their politic. Yes the COD/GH thing work for now but in 2-3 new versions of the games the people will be pissed and will stop buying the games.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. rainer

    I’d say go to hell Activision but I’m pretty sure they already operate out of there, god dam greedy fucks.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. fearmonkey

    Activision is the old EA in a new possibly more evil package.
    poor babies, maybe you shouldnt have dropped the title.

    #18 6 years ago

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