In His Own Words: Kotick Talks Brutal Legend

Back in the day, Brutal Legend, from Tim Schafer and Double Fine, was an Activision game. And then they dumped it, and EA picked it up. And then Activision sued Double Fine. Later, Tim Schafer would call Activision big man Bob “The Man” Kotick a prick and say he should go sell ball bearings or weapons or something. Through all this, we kinda thought this s**t had gotten real, which surprised absolutely no one considering EA and Activision are heated rivals. Anyway, Joystiq talked to The Man, and here’s what he had to say about that whole horrible mess.

I think there was a determination made that it would not be a successful game. That at the end of the day we have an obligation to our shareholders to make a profit and make great games. And I think there was the judgment of the people who were involved in making that decision that, first and foremost, it wasn’t going to be a great game.


I was not the person that was making the assessments of this. I probably wouldn’t have been most qualified to do so.

And, finally:

They didn’t have the rights to sell. So all we’d said is, ‘Look: If you go and do a deal with somebody else, pay back the money that was advanced to you.’ That was all we were looking for. We ultimately got a fraction of the money that had been advanced to him, and as far as I know, that was the end of it. But I don’t even know if there was a lawsuit from my recollection.

And that’s that. There’s more over at Joystiq.

This does leave me with one question, though. Where were these people-who-judge when Tony Hawk Ride was in development?

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