Brutal Legend, the rock-and-roll game from the creative genius known as Tim Schafer (yes, he deserves that level of praise) is coming to the PS3 and Xbox 360 after all. After being lost in the Vivendi/Activision merger shuffle, Brutal Legend has landed in the lap of — of all companies — Electronic Arts.
Brutal Legend is scheduled to ship during the fall of 2009. With any luck, it will be met with more commercial success than the last “independent” game EA picked up from a creative mind: Lorne Lanning’s Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath.
The latest creation from Tim Schafer and the team at Double Fine, Brutal Legend is a third-person action-adventure game starring Jack Black in the role of roadie Eddie Riggs, who sets on an epic quest to build an army of rockers with only a broad axe, a big block V8 and his faithful guitar.
Eddie Riggs is drawn back through time to a mythical world dripped in Rock and Roll folklore, a place where great Metal titans once ruled and power chords rang from the countryside for all to hear. When an oppressed people request Eddie’s knowledge of modern warfare, he pulls from his own experience in the only occupation he’s ever had, a roadie for a Heavy Metal band. From this springs the most hellacious army man has ever seen, and thus brings this ancient world into the Age of Metal.
The first gameplay trailer for Brutal Legend will air this weekend, during Sunday’s Video Game Awards on Spike TV.