Ligitation isn't any less pretty in the world of video games industry, especially when it involves Activision and music-related games. The publisher wants to take developer Double Fine Studios to court over Brutal Legend, the upcoming Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 action adventure cooked up by Monkey Island's Tim Schafer and featuring the voicework of actor Jack Black.
Developer Double Fine originally produced the title for Activision when it was first announced, before the publisher decided Brutal Legend was one of many franchises it could afford to bench last year. Double Fine took their game to rival publisher Electronic Arts instead, which decided to take a chance with the new IP. Fast forward to yesterday, where Activision is now suing Double Fine for transferring rights the publisher claims it still owns.
In other words, Activision explains it still had a valid contract to release Brutal Legend, having already invested $15 million USD into the project. Any new publishing deal would have required some monetary compensation to Activision. The publisher is now seeking to block the game's pending release in its suit.