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

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Mr Bitey
Mr Bitey
11 years ago

Seems like a pretty petty move on Activision's part if you ask me.

I appreciate the games Spinal Tap type humor and all, but I'm just not that blown away with what I've seen so far.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Same here! I guess only the Rock fans are that excited over this. I mean it looks interesting, but nothing that I couldn't live without.

It could never see the light of day, and I would be just fine.

oldmike
oldmike
11 years ago

for me its on my rent list as it mite be fun

Kangasfwa
Kangasfwa
11 years ago

Tim Schafer has made some of the best games I've ever played. Schafer is in the same league as Hideo Kojima, but without the fame.

This game *will* rock.

Mr Bitey
Mr Bitey
11 years ago

@Kangasfwa – Maybe that's it. I don't think I have played any of his games before. I've heard nothing but praise about them though.

N a S a H
N a S a H
11 years ago

People sue for just about anything these days.

Bardock617
Bardock617
11 years ago

seriously people take advantage of the court system. even for a stupid penny people will sue.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

It's American dream =D

bearbobby
bearbobby
11 years ago

That's slander and libel, both you boys should be expecting court documents shortly. lol

SarahPalinMILF
SarahPalinMILF
11 years ago

With the massive franchising of music and tony hawk games and now this…looks like someone took EA's crown of major industry douche bags…

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
11 years ago

Ahhh, it's nice to finally see one of my many tips lead to a thread.
I was about to stop sending them in cause I thought nobody read or cared about em.

Anyways, Activision walked away from the project like it was a orphaned bastard step-child.
EA stepped in like a real role model, and filled those shoes and now Activision is claiming alimony???

In Saint's courtroom……………..

Judge Saint's verdict:
This separation is final & Activision is none the worse after it's short fling.
So Activision shall receive their just award, which is absolute, exactly……"NOTHING"!

"ALL RISE…..the Honorable Judge Saint has left the building"

Final divorce decree: "F*ck em"

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

You know, I don't see your tips. I'm not sure what address you're sending them to, but you can send them to me at- [email protected].

However, bear in mind that I usually see many of the stories I want to put up before I see tips. ūüėČ

crapreviews
crapreviews
11 years ago

dont even bother sending the tips. your just wasting yo time.

plus wasnt this a story from last week?

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

my tips worked =) so of course it's worth sending them in

WolfCrimson
WolfCrimson
11 years ago

lol I guess Activision have too much time on their hands not doing anything, so they were bored and decided to sue for fun?

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

[email protected] two companies

Robochic
Robochic
11 years ago

Why this is truly petty. If you let go of something and someone else gets it and buys the rights then you have no right to sue. I can see this being thrown right out of the court system.

Gregory Freeman
Gregory Freeman
11 years ago

dejavu?? i remember hearing bout this like 2-3 wks ago or something in and around that ballpark

Douchebaguette
Douchebaguette
11 years ago

I hear better news from Activision everyday.

They can go choke on a cactus.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
11 years ago

@ Ben,
Thanks for the addy. I'll try that instead.

FYI, the way I was doing it was going to my Username at the top/left of the main page,
Then clicking on "User CP".
Once in, over to "User's Actions" towards the top/center.
Then down to the last link there that says "Give us a news tip".

I think I've sent in at least 30 items over the last 4 or 5 months through that link. And after sending, it does say thanks for the tip, so maybe that link is broken somewhere, or a dead email drop now, but be advised that I've never had anything bounce back to me as un-deliverable though.

So maybe somebody could check it out?

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

I'll see if I can find out. But I got the news tips you sent to my address, so that works just fine.

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

I'm loosing more respect for activision every day. They took the people that were making this game and threw them out on their asses. If they wanted a piece of this pie, they shouldn't have crapped on it. What's next? They still own ghostbusters?

You gotta love that quote from schafer

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
11 years ago

OK Ben, THANKS!
Now that you've confirmed that you've recieved my tips on the one you just gave me, I'll send them them all to that one from now on instead.

Thanks again,
Saint

Sir Shak
Sir Shak
11 years ago

To hell with Activision .