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Brütal Legend finally finds a home

by Erik Johnsen

Double Fine Productions, Inc. announced today that they have signed a deal with Electronic Arts to publish their rock-adventure game, Brütal Legend, starring Jack Black as the roadie Eddie Riggs who is on a quest to build an army of rockers.

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“This is awesome news!” stated Tim Schafer, President of Double Fine Productions. “… Some people were starting to wonder if the saga of Eddie Riggs would ever see the light of day, but now I think it’s clear that this game, like Metal itself, cannot be killed!”

“Brütal Legend is shaping up to be a creative tour de force,” said David DeMartini, Senior Vice President and General Manager, EA Partners. ”… Tim Schafer is known for some of the richest stories and characters in our industry, and with Jack Black offering his vocal styling’s for Eddie Riggs, we are extremely excited to help Tim and his talented team at Double Fine see their vision come to fruition.”

The story tells the tale of Eddie Riggs, played by Jack Black, who is drawn back through time to a mythical world immersed in Rock and Roll folklore; 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.

Brütal Legend is being developed for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 and is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2009.

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