Source: Hollywood trade Variety's gaming blog The Cut Scene.
What we heard: In an interview with gaming Web site 1Up late last month, Double Fine founder Tim Schafer played it cagey when responding to whether his heavy-metal-themed action game would be released for the Wii. According to the site, Schafer turned to his public relations handler for advice on how to respond, before issuing the equivocal response, "We are making an Xbox 360 and a [PlayStation 3] version of Brutal Legend."
Yesterday, Schafer's vague comments may have gotten some clarity. Citing "several good sources," Variety's gaming blog The Cut Scene reported that a Wii edition of Brutal Legend is coming, but Schafer's Double Fine won't be developing it. Instead, EA, which is publishing Brutal Legend under its EA Partners label, is reportedly in the process of commissioning an as-yet-unspecified studio to handle development on the Wii edition, which Variety believes will arrive sometime after the Xbox 360 and PS3 games come due this fall.
The move, of course, makes sense, given EA's recent push to bring as many of its titles to the Wii as possible, such as with the recently announced Dead Space: Extraction. EA also has precedence in farming out alternate versions of a game published through its Partners label. In 2007, EA opted to extend Valve's critical hit The Orange Box to the PS3 platform through one of its internal studios.
The official story: Neither EA nor Double Fine had responded to requests for comment as of press time.
Bogus or not bogus?: Looking not bogus.