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Brutal Legend Lawsuit Settled

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Double Fine's action game Brutal Legend will not be delayed from its October release after all, as the lawsuit between the developer and former publisher Activision has been settled out of court, according to the Associated Press.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. A hearing scheduled for today to determine whether the suit would progress to court has been cancelled. Activision was suing to prevent the release of Brutal Legend, claiming that it never relinquished its rights to the title before Double Fine signed a new publishing deal with Electronic Arts. Double Fine maintained that Activision was unfairly attempting to block the release to avoid competition.

In any case, it's all over now, and the game will be released without impediment.

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    August 6, 2009 12:00 PM

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      August 6, 2009 12:08 PM

      Activision was probably repaid their advances to Double Fine plus interest and a portion of their legal fees.

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        August 6, 2009 2:06 PM

        That's my guess as well.

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        August 6, 2009 2:55 PM

        I would be surprised if it was that much (the advances basically = the funding of the game until Activision let it go).

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      August 6, 2009 12:29 PM

      Anyone that questions that the only thing Activision was looking for was a cash settlement is deluding themselves.

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        August 6, 2009 2:45 PM

        ok, masem, enlighten us delusional chaps.

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          August 6, 2009 3:23 PM

          They wanted a cut of the game action. They dropped what was going to be a big game and now that they saw that, they want there cut.

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      August 6, 2009 12:31 PM

      Yup. I understand why they settled, because otherwise it would be a very long and costly battle and might force a delay the studio can't even afford, but it also justifies Activision's completely unjust bullying tactic.

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