Tim Schafer’s much loved new game, Brutal Legend, has found a publisher and it isn’t who you would expect. Your eyes do not deceive you, it is EA. Although in recent memory EA has been the “licensed game and sequel manufacturer,” they have changed their ways by adding new IPs. Also this year, Dead Space and Mirror’s Edge have been games released by EA that take a new direction and established great new properties for the company, overall. This is a welcome announcement from EA and Double Fine (Tim Schafer’s Company) and all eyes will be on the Spike VGA’s, which will contain gameplay from Brutal Legend, for the first time. This seems like a well timed press release and maybe a coincidence because the host of the Spike VGA’s is none other than the lead voice actor in the game, Jack Black. Stay tuned for more information as we receive it. Also, the full press release is after the jump.
EA To Publish Brutal Legend [Kotaku]
DOUBLE FINE AND EA TURN IT UP TO “11” NEXT FALL WITH THE RELEASE OF BRÃœTAL LEGEND
Tim Schafer teams up with Jack Black for the Ultimate Rock Opus
Guildford, UK â€“ December 12th, 2008 â€“ 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 BrÃ¼tal Legendâ„¢ 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, BrÃ¼tal 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.
â€œThis is awesome news!â€ stated Tim Schafer, President of Double Fine Productions. â€œThe quality and creativity of the games EA Partners has been involved with make it a perfect home for our baby, BrÃ¼tal Legend. Some people were starting to wonder if the saga of Eddie Riggs would ever see the light of day, but now I think itâ€™s clear that this game, like Metal itself, cannot be killed!â€
â€œBrÃ¼tal Legend is shaping up to be a creative tour de force,â€ said David DeMartini, Senior Vice President and General Manager, EA Partners. â€At EAP, we are deeply committed to giving the industryâ€™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 stylingâ€™s for Eddie Riggs, we are extremely excited to help Tim and his talented team at Double Fine see their vision come to fruition.â€
BrÃ¼tal 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 Eddieâ€™s knowledge of modern warfare, he pulls from his own experience in the only occupation heâ€™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.
BrÃ¼tal Legend will be available for the Xbox 360Â® video game system and PLAYSTATIONÂ®3 computer entertainment system in autumn 2009.
Double Fine is represented by CAA.
For more information on BrÃ¼tal Legend please visit www.brutallegend.com.