"The countersuit comes roughly a month after Activision sued Double Fine, seeking a judge's ruling to stop the game's October release. That suit claimed Double Fine was paid $15 million, but failed to deliver the game on time and later sold it to Activision's rival, Electronic Arts.
Double Fine's countersuit claims Activision abandoned the project and is trying to harm Brutal Legend during a crucial marketing phase."
I'm not even going to try to understand the legalities of either law suit. As a gamer, it looks like a completely dickish (a technical term) move on Activision's part. The company had all sorts of time to take legal action after Double Fine partnered with Electronic Arts to publish Brutal Legend. As Leahy noted in his June story:
"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."
The timing of Activision's suit is just lame and furthers the company's reputation as gaming's "new evil empire". It makes it look predatory. It's just extremely foolish for it to be making big noise about suing a small (not to mention generally loved) developer like Double Fine. Activision is tarnishing its reputation while generating sympathy for the developer.
In case you haven't noticed, the whole affair has me pretty pissed off. How about you? Do you think less of Activision for suing Double Fine? Do you feel sympathy for the developer? Hell, I might buy Brutal Legend twice, just to support the excellent people at DF (especially that hot little minx of a gameplay programmer).