Activision, as it threatened, has dropped a lawsuit on Double Fine Productions over Brütal Legend. According to the publisher, Tim Schafer and his team failed to deliver the game on time and asked for an extension. The development was funded largely by Activision, if the publisher is to be believed.
Brütal Legend, which was not picked up by Activision during the Activision and Vivendi merger, eventually ended up over at Electronic Arts. As bitter corporate rivals, Activision breaks out its lawsuit game.
It seemed pretty clear that Activision dropped the game during the merger, but the company believes they still retain the right to publish the game.
What does developer Tim Schafer say about this? "Hey, if Activision liked it, then they should have put a ring on it. Oh great, now Beyoncé is going to sue me, too." Zing! Tim is awesome.
I'm guessing this has more to do with the push EA is giving Brütal Legend and the positive feedback from the press and less to do with who actually retains any rights. Activision could be trying to delay the release of the game with legal proceedings. Boo, Activision.
I didn't see the company calling the lawyers when Ghostbusters was picked up by Atari or when THQ picked up 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, two titles that Activision could have published as a result of the merger with Vivendi.
How do you feel about publishers using legal proceedings to try and delay games?